May 2005 crisis
In May 2005, a hacker attacked the site while Siblesz was in China. Siblesz gave total control of the site to Sulla, but Sulla had to leave for a while and so gave control of the site to Spartan. Spartan appointed a lot of new people as staff, including bringing back Crandar, who posed as Spartan at various points, banned people, and changed their account names around. Spartan and Crandar and co. vexed a vast number of old established members, most notably ex-Triumvirs Kazak borispavlovgrozny and GodEmperor Nicholas, causing them to leave the forums. Ogre's Net upgraded the boards to vBulletin to stop the hacker attacks, and Sulla returned and made peace with a lot of people. Spartan then disappeared for months. In the end, the boards went from control primarily by Siblesz to control exclusively by Sulla. Spartan later became Divus for his control of the site during much of the event, over the heated objections of one or two members who accused him of having been irresponsible and not having done much.