Dear Mercury Readers,
We have launched our new website with a new look and feel and many new features. Though the launch was originally scheduled for the week of Oct. 15th, we were forced to move the schedule forward after a malicious hack made the old website inaccessible.
If you visited the TheMercury.com on Monday, you most likely received a message say something along the lines of, "themercury.com contains content from tenin58gaccel, a site known to distribute malware. Your computer might catch a virus if you continue." If you were brave and continued to TheMercury.com, there was no content, only our logo and a menu. This was caused by a SQL injection attack, a type of malicious attack that corrupts databases. Although we were able to restore some of the database, we were not able to restore essential administrative functions needed for our daily operation. After discussing the risks with the company that hosted the old website we decided to launch the new website based on the fact they could not guarantee they were able to guard against another attack.
Please know your security is our top priority when visiting TheMercury.com. We have moved our website to new servers secured in accordance with NSA and PCI standards. Our new content management system has security features in place to guard against attacks like the one that happened Monday. The new website serves all sensitive data over secure and trusted connections. We went to great lengths to ensure your computer will be safe when you visit TheMercury.com.
For the next few days we will open the e-edtion version of The Mercury to subscribes and site visitors. Please bear with us as we finish the work we were unable to complete due to the sudden launch of the website. We hope you enjoy the new look and continue to visit TheMercury.com for the most up to date news in Manhattan.
The Mercury Staff