Colombo Telegraph

Groundviews Is down, But Not An Attack By The Government Says Groundviews

By Colombo Telegraph

“Both Groundviews and its equivalent in Sinhala, Vikalpa , are inaccessible at the moment due to technical issues. This is NOT a block on the sites. This is NOT an attack orchestrated by the Government. There is NO indication whatsoever that this is anything other than an unfortunate hosting issue which came to a head a few days ago.” says Groundviews.

“We are working as hard as we can to resolve the issue, but reinstating the site will take a couple of days at the earliest. As we intimated readers  a few days ago, fixing this issue requires the cooperation of multiple parties and some rather technical discussions. Given the vital nature of the two sites and to avoid any downtime in the future, we will take our time to establish a robust and resilient platform, rather than hurry to put up the sites on web platforms and services that can result in further unexpected downtime. Please note that updates via Twitter (www.twitter.com/groundviews) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/groundviews) will continue uninterrupted. We are also on Google+.  We appreciate your patience as we sort out things out and also the dozens of email sent with offers of help and assistance.” Groundviews further said in its statement today.

Issuing a statement yesterdayGroundviews said; ” As a number of readers have alerted us, we too are aware that theGroundviews website (www.groundviews.org) is throwing up warnings on Google on account of a malicious code inject at the backend. This is NOT a site block by ISPs, and there is NO indication that this has anything at all to do with the Sri Lankan Government. Malicious code injects such as this are not uncommon on the web. We are however in the unfortunate position of not having a dedicated technical team to assist with problems of this nature. From its inception to date, the site is maintained by InfoShare (www.infoshare.lk). We have been made to understand that Groundviews uptime is not a priority for them. We have alerted InfoShare about the issue and encourage you to do the same in order to elicit a faster response. Please email Anuruddha Edirisinghe (rudy@info-share.org) and Vajra Chandrasekara (vajra@info-share.org). Until InfoShare addresses this issue, there is nothing we can do ourselves to get the site back online.

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