FUCK

So, I was ready to release Phenomenon 32 tomorrow. It just needed a few more hours of work. I was extremely happy. Hell, I even had some of the publicity stuff done.

Then my computer got infected with a most seriously nasty trojan. Remember when my computer got hacked a few years ago and we had all this trouble? Yeah, here we go again. I’d guess it’s probably the same person doing this. Maybe also the same person who destroyed my website around the time of The Museum of Broken Memories.

This, of course, means I can’t release Phenomenon 32. We’re going to Greece on Sunday, and I haven’t had the time to finish it. Worse, I don’t know if any of the files are infected. I do have a backup copy, so the game won’t be lost, but I may have to format the harddrive and reinstall Windows. Oh, and let’s not even get into the issue of my film files…

This morning I was close to a nervous breakdown. I feel a bit better now, but it’s still enormously frustrating. I wanted to finish this. I wanted to get rid of this incredible burden that this project has become. I want you to be able to play this. But it’ll have to wait until January, even though it’s so close to being finished.

I’m writing this from a friend’s computer, because I have no intention of giving all my passwords and other data to the hacker. I will update again from Greece, where I will be trying to finish my novel.

As for the person who did this… well, you’re a pathetic moron, and if you think this will do anything, you are quite mistaken.

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  1. Evil Roda

     /  December 18, 2009

    FUCK
    I’MMA FUCKING TRACK DOWN WHOEVER THE FUCK DID THIS AND FUCKING RIP OUT THEIR FUCKING INNARDS ONE BY ONE
    THEN I’MMA FUCKING MOUNT THEIR FUCKING HEAD ON MY FUCKING WALL FOR A FUCKING TROPHY
    FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK

  2. Generally speaking, your source files and art assets and such are unlikely to be infected. If you don’t have a virus scanner already, I recommend AVG; they have a free version that works well enough.

    I’m looking forward to the game whenever you’re able to release it.

  3. Give ’em a swift kick to the backside for me, Roda.

    Jonas: AVG. Get it. Hope your trip to Greece goes well.

  4. PAK

     /  December 19, 2009

    Is this a political thing or a personal thing? Because, seriously, if it’s political I’d put that up as the sub-title for the website: “Getting hacked by desperate reactionaries since 2007.” If it’s personal, lie and write that up anyway. Why get miserable when you can capitalise on pretty much anything at Planet Interwebs.

  5. This is probably a personal vendetta, though I’m not entirely sure. This website has been attacked for political reasons before (by an insane “pro-lifer”).

    As for virus scanners, I had two of them installed, and a firewall. Always updated, too. I have by now tried about 10-15 programs, from virus scanners to anti-rootkit tools. My father-in-law, who is a professional programmer, also looked into the subject, and according to everything we can find, this is an extremely dangerous bit of malware that can do just about anything, and can only be killed by formatting the hard drive and reinstalling the OS. Nothing else helps – the thing even infects anti-virus software to protect itself.

    Thankfully it does not infect the kind of files that Phenomenon 32 is made of.