June 1, 2013 at 9:34 pm #4286
For the past few weeks I’ve had a lot of trouble logging on to the forum. I’ve been getting the following error with home and work using different browsers:
Internal Server Error
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.
Please contact the server administrator at email@example.com to inform them of the time this error occurred, and the actions you performed just before this error.
More information about this error may be available in the server error log.
I’ve just logged on OK, but don’t know if it will happen again. Has anyone else experienced this or is just my finger trouble? Anyone know what causes this error?
Thanks in advance.June 1, 2013 at 10:48 pm #4287
YesPeter all the time. Could not log in for about a week. Then discovered a way round-but that includes this nonsense in Word Press to decipher silly crooked letters. Its a total nonsense when only six use the forum.Had the same nonsense to post this reply.June 2, 2013 at 8:33 am #4288
I’ve also experienced the same problem twice, both times were recently.June 3, 2013 at 9:17 pm #4297
There has been a sustained and widespread attack on WordPress websites across the internet, and our hosting service has had to implement security measures to protect its servers (and sites like ours) from being hacked.
That’s why we’re being asked to log in with an extra layer of security, including the Captcha with squiggly letters. The reason for using Captcha is that it’s very difficult for the computer programs used in the attacks to make sense of – only human beings have the necessary sophistication to recognise the distorted letters and numbers.
(CAPTCHA is an acronym for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”. You may recall that Alan Turing was a brilliant mathematician and early computer scientist who, among other things, worked at Bletchley Park and automated the decryption of the German Enigma code. He was interested in artificial intelligence, and in how you might tell the difference between a thinking computer and a human being.)
Anyway, the more complicated login is part of the efforts to protect our site and others like it from being seriously compromised. You need to follow the grey link in the new login message for instructions about the secondary password to use.June 4, 2013 at 8:51 am #4299
I can appreciate all of that-but what can anyone hack off this site???Its a far cry from that wonderful Wilmslow man Alan Turrin and his skill to crack the Enigma machine. Adlington road Wilmslow he lived. The problem of logging on to this site could put off the other 90% CPS members who do not participate.June 5, 2013 at 8:51 am #4311
Ken >>> The problem was not limited to our site: there were internet-wide attacks on thousands of WordPress sites that attempted to take over the sites and put malicious content on them to infect the computers of all who visited. Hence the need for robust defences.
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