Dear Solar Observers,
By now I'm sure you have heard about the security breach we just experienced at the AAVSO. Fortunately, it does not look like any data was lost or personal information compromised. Financial data is not kept on our servers so that was never in danger.
As part of the cleanup operation, all programs that require database connections such as SunEntry (also VStar, Seqplot, and Zapper) have been temporarily disabled so that they can be made more secure. We will re-release an upgraded version and let you know we have done so as soon as practicable.
Since today is the deadline for submission of May data for publication in this month's Solar Bulletin, and you now have no way to create your report or upload it to the database, we have decided not to include the sunspot numbers in this month's Solar Bulletin, but instead publish both May and June numbers in the June Solar Bulletin. Please hold on to your observations and continue to make new ones just as you always do and we will let you know (on this forum and by email) when SunEntry will be available for use again.
We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding.
Sara Beck & Matthew Templeton (AAVSO Staff)