EurekAlert! / AAAS



美国东部时间2016年9月22日17:00
北京时间2016年9月23日5:00

尊敬的EurekAlert!優睿科用户:

自9月9日EurekAlert!優睿科网站遭到攻击以来,我们一直在努力强化和重启EurekAlert!優睿科网站,在这个过程当中,我们希望向您报告我们采取的每一步措施、重启工作的进度、以及在网站全面重启之前我们如何协助研究机构和期刊发布科学新闻。整个EurekAlert!優睿科“社区”耐心地等待且给予了我们大力的支持,因此我们希望做到重启工作的“透明化”,让各位了解我们的工作进程以及还需要完成的各项步骤。

本星期,EurekAlert!優睿科网站重启了“只读”性的公共网页;“禁止提前报道”的新闻内容版块仍处在关闭状态,我们的IT团队仍在继续加强这个版块的安全措施,以抵御未来可能发生的恶性攻击事件。这意味着,公共信息官们尚不能登录EurekAlert!優睿科密码保护区域并提交“禁止提前报道”的新闻发布内容;记者们也不能登录和浏览可能的新闻线索。

虽然我们遇到了这些障碍,但是我们仍坚持并协助了传播科学新闻的各项工作。EurekAlert!優睿科团队的工作人员一直在与期刊出版机构紧密合作,将来自期刊的“禁止提前报道”的新闻发布集锦通过邮件发送给注册记者,并且帮助记者与公共信息官保持联系。美国科学促进会(AAAS)进一步保证免费延长使用EurekAlert!優睿科年度新闻发布服务的机构和期刊的年度协议,以此来弥补为EurekAlert!優睿科网站提供具有新闻价值内容的机构因网站服务中断而遭受的不便。

我们的IT团队重建了整个EurekAlert!優睿科系统环境,并使其通过了多轮网络安全测试。在几天的时间内,我们将30余万篇历史存档新闻发布稿件迁移到了新的系统中,这一工作通常要历时几个星期。现在,我们的团队正在安装更强的防火墙,用来保护网站的基础架构和内容。同时,我们也在测试所有加密的网络连接并强化密码安全协议。我们将尽快完成对这些改善措施的实施,但是在这个过程中,我们不会走捷径或者以任何方式违反新的网站安全系统的严格要求。

我们所有努力的宗旨仍是保障EurekAlert!優睿科网站内容和注册用户登录信息的安全性。因此,我们做出了艰难的决定: 在我们确信EurekAlert!優睿科网站达到最高水准的网络安全要求之前,我们将继续关闭密码保护的区域。鉴于不可预见的挑战因素,升级和全面重启网站的工作可能会再持续一个星期,在这段时间里,我们也将日以继夜地工作(以确保完成所有升级措施)。

我们理解EurekAlert!優睿科网站的关闭给记者和公共信息官的部分收集新闻的工作带来了挑战。我们对此深表遗憾。请您放心,全面重启EurekAlert!優睿科网站服务是我们的首要任务。对于全面且成功地重启EurekAlert!優睿科网站,我们蓄势待发。我们确信新的EurekAlert!優睿科网站将会更加牢固、更加安全、且更有效率。我们期待着新系统的开放。与此同时,感谢您与我们一道坚持不懈地努力。

Ginger Pinholster
公共项目办公室主任,首席通讯官
美国科学促进会(AAAS)
电话:202-326-6421
电子邮件:gpinhols@aaas.org

Brian Lin
EurekAlert!優睿科内容策划总监
美国科学促进会(AAAS)
电话:(202) 326-6213
电子邮件:blin@aaas.org




September 22, 2016 / 5:00 pm EDT

Dear EurekAlert! Registrants:

As we proceed with strengthening and re-launching EurekAlert! in the wake of the September 9 hacking incident, we wanted to give you an update on what steps we are taking, where we stand in the process, and what we're doing to facilitate the dissemination of science news in this period before full restoration. The EurekAlert! community has been supportive and patient, and we want to be transparent with you about our progress and the remaining steps.

Our public "read-only" pages went back online earlier this week. Embargoed news sections remain offline as our IT team works around the clock to put strong safeguards in place to repel future cyber-attacks. This means that public information officers are still unable to log onto EurekAlert! to submit news releases, and reporters cannot log on to browse potential science-news stories.

We have been persistent in our efforts to facilitate the dissemination of science news, however. EurekAlert! team members have been working closely with journal publishers to distribute embargoed press packages to registered reporters via e-mail, and to connect reporters with public information officers. AAAS has further pledged to provide a complimentary extension of annual subscriptions to reflect the current loss of service to institutions that contribute newsworthy content to our website.

Our IT team has rebuilt the entire EurekAlert! system environment and subjected it to multiple rounds of cyber-security testing. All 300,000 news releases in our archive have been migrated to the new system environment over the past few days – an undertaking that typically takes weeks. Now, the team is putting a redoubled firewall in place to protect the site's underlying structure and content. They are also repeatedly testing all encrypted connections and strengthening the password protocol. These improvements are being implemented as quickly as possible, but without taking any short-cuts or in any way compromising the rigor of our new security system.

The integrity of our site's content and the security of our registrants' login information continue to drive all of our efforts. We have made the difficult decision to remain offline until we can ensure that EurekAlert! meets the highest standards of Internet security. Barring unforeseen challenges, continued improvements may require another week of round-the-clock work.

We know that the site's continued outage poses challenges for reporters and public information officers who use EurekAlert! as part of their news-gathering efforts. We deeply regret this inconvenience. Please be assured that the re-launch of EurekAlert! is our top priority. We are now on the runway for a successful re-launch, and we know that the new EurekAlert! will be stronger, more secure, and faster than before. We look forward to unveiling it soon. Meanwhile, thank you for hanging in there with us.

Sincerely,

Ginger Pinholster
Chief Communications Officer and Director, Office of Public Programs
American Association for the Advancement of Science
gpinhols@aaas.org / 202-326-6421
202-326-6421
gpinhols@aaas.org

Brian Lin
EurekAlert! Director, Editorial Content Strategy
American Association for the Advancement of Science
202-326-6213
blin@aaas.org