This has been one heck of a week for phpBB, as evidenced by the dozens of e-mails that David and I have been sending back and forth to each other. (We rarely e-mail each other at all usually.) Not only has phpBB.com suffered a major outage
caused by probably the most severe hack they have experienced to date (noting, of course, that it was NOT a fault of the phpBB software itself), but in a completely unrelated incident, many phpBB users have been reporting a sudden spike in spam registrations on phpBB boards. Of course, this has been quite a lot for the phpBB teams to handle all at once, and I commend them for their hard work to stay afloat this week.
David and I have been preparing for a very significant episode of phpBB Weekly tomorrow during which we will fully cover and address all of the details surrounding these two critical issues. David is also arranging to hopefully have some members of the phpBB teams join us to provide more inside details on both of these issues, but we will not know for sure in advance who will be joining us because of the massive amount of work that the teams are facing right now.
Nevertheless, we would like to invite you to join us tomorrow, Saturday, February 7th at 12:00 EST (1700 UTC)
for this critical episode of phpBB Weekly, and please spread the word about this episode as much as you can, in particular to any administrators of phpBB boards that are being affected by the spam registrations issue. We also want to remind you that we invite you to participate in the show by asking us questions
either in the chat room or by calling in live. We represent all of you, the listeners, and so we want to be sure that we fill you in on the current situations that the phpBB community is facing. We will also do our best to release the episode on phpBBWeekly.net within 12 hours of the end of the live stream.
If you can't join us during the episode tomorrow but have any questions that you would like us to cover, you may also feel free to ask them in this topic.
We hope to see you during tomorrow's episode. Thanks!
Co-Host and Editor, phpBB Weekly