OpenX OnRamp gone for good
I suppose it had to happen sooner or later. The attractions for the bad guys were just too great.
“OnRamp, a free ad serving service based on open source code, was subjected to a serious malicious hacker intrusion on Saturday, February 9, 2013. After further review of the intrusion, other recent attacks on the service, the effect on our publishers and advertisers, the recent increased frequency of malicious hacking activity directed against technology companies of all types, the possibility of future intrusions through this open source service which could continue to jeopardize OnRamp customers, the virtual impossibility of ensuring the continued security of OnRamp in an environment of increasingly sophisticated and powerful intrusions that exploit open source software, and the resources we would be required to expend to maintain the security of the service, we have decided that we will no longer host and operate the OnRamp service. OnRamp, because it is based on open source software, has been subjected to attacks of significantly greater frequency and force than any of OpenX’s other products, including OpenX Enterprise and OpenX Market, which continue to meet high standards of security and reliability, and continue to operate normally.
We sincerely regret that the actions of a limited number of bad actors have forced us to terminate a service used for many years without cost by our valued customers. In order to facilitate customers’ transition to another service, we will be reactivating the user interface, but not advertising delivery, of OnRamp at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. Through the user interface, customers will be able to view the status of their accounts and copy relevant information needed in order to transition their ad serving to another provider. OnRamp, however, will no longer deliver advertising. The user interface will be available until Friday, March 22, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, at which time OnRamp will be terminated permanently. We will post additional information in the days ahead to assist customers with the transition. If you have any particular questions regarding your OnRamp account, please email us at email@example.com.
We have been long and proud supporters of the open source movement and we are deeply saddened that our OnRamp contribution to the movement must end due to this criminal activity. We are grateful to our customers for using OnRamp for their ad serving needs, and apologize for the inconvenience caused by this necessary action.”