The OL archive was hacked recently. This isn’t entirely surprising, considering that the site was left as a Drupal 6 instance, which itself requires an older version of PHP, which itself required an older version of Ubuntu (10.04).
The hack is basically the server turning into a node in a network of servers that generate malicious traffic, likely to be used in DDoS attacks. The side affect of the compromise is that as soon as the web server is turned on, almost all of the server resources are used up, making the process of exporting the content out of the site impossible.
As having a compromised machine violates the TOS at Linode, I am unable to keep the archive turned on unless I am fixing it, hence the recent downtime.
We never intended to keep that site up, it was a temporary setup while we migrated the content we wanted from it into WordPress. This leaves us with two paths, or really one.
- We let the archive go, focus on the future.
- We restore the server from a backup, proceed to migrate the bulk of the articles into a temporary WordPress site on the network, and let editors cherry pick the posts to bring into the main site.
Because of the nature of the server setup for hosting the Drupal 6 archive, it is non-trivial to restore from a backup, and I will discussing our options with Susan.