FNN ceases operation in wake of hack attack, after 4-year run
While the attack was "the final straw", health issues had limited the efforts of FNN founder Markos for some time, as he explained April 1:
Due to health issues, and a recent hacking attack, I have decided to end this version of Furry News Network. The site and its content has been archived. I've been considering this for several months, and the hack attempt that took the site off line March 30, 2015 was the final straw. I've really enjoyed working with members of the Furry community to bring the content to you. For those of you who don't know my history, I've had health issues for the past 14 years. I lost a kidney in 2001, had heart issues start in 2007 and was hospitalized with an auto-immune disorder in 2009. In 2014, I fell and broke my hip and have never fully recovered. I am now fighting stage 3 kidney disease and anemia. I need to deal with my health. I will sorely miss many of you and look forward to the day I can bring Furry News Network back. Thank you!
FNN amassed over 20,000 followers across Twitter, Google Plus and Facebook through aggressive marketing of its social feeds. This led to wider distribution for its syndicated sources, including furry news magazine Flayrah, advice column Ask Papabear, and podcasts FurCast and KnotCast.
FNN launched in January 2011 – shortly after the closure of The Furtean Times – with a bold red theme and the slogan "Furry Fandom 24/7/365". It was redesigned in mid-2013. While the majority of the site's 2500 posts consisted of aggregated content, hundreds contained original news and profiles of artists, fursuiters, conventions and furmeets from Markos, Kijani, and others, especially in FNN's first two years.
FNN posts in Flayrah's archive have been redirected to the Web Archive. If you find a favourite story there, feel free to link it in the comments.