The Michelle Kwan Forum has been an ongoing target of hacking attacks for some time. As a result, for the second time in a month, MKF is down; it's been down for three days as of this writing.
Some fixes done by one of the Adminstrators the last time brought MKF back, seemingly to normal. But now it's down again.
Trying to get onto MKF will result in this error message:
Fatal error: Cannot redeclare fi() (previously declared in /home/mkf/public_html/forum/forum.php(1) : eval()'d code(2) : eval()'d code(1) : eval()'d code:1) in /home/mkf/public_html/forum/global.php(1) : eval()'d code(2) : eval()'d code(1) : eval()'d code on line 1
This is very similar to the error message resulting from the previous hacking attack.
Prior to this, starting around September 2012, a spate of spammers registered on MKF; whether this was related to the later hacking, I don't know.
For this to be happening now is particularly unfortunate, because this is the time of year that Michelle always posts her annual Holiday message on MKF. I just hope that those with the power to do so can bring MKF back before that time.
Why anyone would make such concerted and repeated attacks against a figure skater's forum, I have no idea. It's not like the hackers will gain access to the U.S. nuclear missile launch codes or something.
I can't help but wonder if FSU, being a vBulletin forum like MKF, might be vulnerable to the same kind of attacks.