Why is the Bitcointalk Forum Down?

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Last updated on January 22nd, 2015 at 04:48 am

Update 2: A tweet was made by @bitcointalk stating that a number of the website’s disks have failed. The forum is expected to be back online in 12-24 hours. Additionally, data since Jan 21 21:44 UTC may be lost when the forum is restored from backups. However, any “important” data may be restored manually.


 

Update: The error displayed on the website has changed, and now has the header “Connection Problems”. The error reads, “Sorry, SMF was unable to connect to the database. This may be caused by the server being busy. Please try again later.”


 

Bitcointalk.org, the official Bitcoin forum, is currently down. An error saying, “Table ‘bitcoin.smf_members’ doesn’t exist” is displayed when the website is accessed.

The cause of the forum’s downtime is currently unknown. No updates have yet been posted on the official Twitter account, @bitcointalk. The last tweet made on the account was on the 13th of November, when the forum experienced a denial of service (DoS) attack.

In an /r/bitcoin thread on Reddit regarding the error displayed, one user by the name Chakra_Scientist claimed, “They got hacked.” The validity of this claim is currently unknown.

It is currently unclear why the forum is inaccessible. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to stay updated on when the forum goes back online.

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Techshare
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Anyone who still thinks this is a disk failure is simply fooling themselves. Disk failure doesn’t take this long to solve. Pop in disk, rebuild raid.

Slo
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Pascal Feldmann
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Pascal Feldmann
Slo
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The twitter account @bitcointalk clearly states: “Some disks seem to have failed. Expect extended downtime”. Maybe it’s an idea for Coinbuzz to start following cet twitter account…

Samuel Palomino
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Samuel Palomino

That tweet was made several hours after this article was posted, but thank you Slo.

Slo
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Slo

You’re welcome, just noticed the update…

Samuel Palomino
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Samuel Palomino

Cheers!

cryptopaths
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This is a warning to Theymos, he was issued a subpoena by myself to provide certain information related to monies held by the forum. This should be your answer on the consequences Mr. Badbear.

Bella Miner
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Bella Miner

So you openly admit that you sabotaged someone’s web site? Maybe YOU should expect to receive one of those subpoena’s soon as well.
And what money does the forum hold belonging to the end users?

Slo
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The BTC (not money) were donations and thus belong to BCT. The part discussed here was held by someone who supposedly died of leukemia. I really have NO idea, but one might think that if someone is dying from an illness then timely steps are undertaken to safeguard the transition of cet BCT to the rightful owner…

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