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Discussion in 'About Arkadia Forums' started by AlexSolo, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. AlexSolo

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    I contacted David. Should be fixed soon, I hope.
     
  3. Snape

    Snape Master of the BanHammer Staff Member PAF Administrator

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    Dammit, not again! We just got the forum sorted a few days ago from the hacking we got at the hands of some pro-Syrian mob, and now this?

    Thanks for the heads up Alex. We'll get it sorted as soon as we can.
     
  4. Few Scars

    Few Scars Administrator Staff Member PAF Administrator Arkadia Adviser

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    Idea for Ark Dev team, make the Anonymous face mask a Halloween gift for Arkadians. It would be funny :)
     
  5. Nor Alien

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    I'd be all over that!! ;)
     
  6. Snape

    Snape Master of the BanHammer Staff Member PAF Administrator

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    Okay, a bit of news for y'all.

    Apparently, some security exploits in this version of vbulletin (the engine we run the forums on) allowed some "enterprising little person" to gain access to certain files that then allowed him/her to change our homepage to what some of you saw over the last 24 hours or more.

    Van and Chris have since managed to identify these files and either delete and re-upload from backups or alter them back so that the forum appears as it should. We are also in the process of downloading and updating the version of the vbulletin engine with a new security patch has just been released. Evidently (by visiting the Vbulletin forums) we have not been the only site to get hit and its quite a widespread issue from all accounts, hence the issuing of a patch.

    We apologize for any concern or inconvenience this may have caused anyone and can only say that we will have everything running like usual soon. On that note, if the forum does go down briefly in the next day or so, don't panic, its just us sorting out the new patch.

    We share your frustration with this pointless and malicious behaviour and will work as necessary to clear it up ASAP.
     
  7. Chris | Arkadia

    Chris | Arkadia Arkadia Tech PAF Administrator Planet Arkadia Official

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    Hi guys,

    Thank you for the patience while we sort out the hacker issues. We are still in the process of doing a cleanup on the site.

    The main page is functioning normally again and will let you guys know once everything is sorted out.

    Regards,
    Chris
     
  8. Dwarf Simeron Steelhammer

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    I think Scotty said it best.

    "The more they over think the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain. Here, Doctor, souvenirs from one surgeon to another. I took them out of her main transwarp computer drive."

    This of course after the transwarp drive died on activation when trying to chase the Enterprise down.

    This is what a true, white hat, hacker can do...make it where the "bad guys" get screwed over.

    Sadly, a black hat hacker (for lack of a better term) can do what's being done here and even numnutted dimwits with a prog can do an exploit.

    Back in my day, we broke code and did it for good clean fun, to see if we could and to show the holes without furthering any personal gar-baage...

    But the world grew up...damn shame.

    Hope the patch works to keep the little pudgy fingered brats at bay. Forum seems fine at 130pm Central US time on 9/17/2013.
     
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  10. Chris | Arkadia

    Chris | Arkadia Arkadia Tech PAF Administrator Planet Arkadia Official

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    Yep, all the ones claiming to have hacked the forum all used the exact same files every time just modded to say they are the ones who did it. Bottom line is these are script kiddies who probably brags that they are part of Anonymous to their friends because they have some Guy Fawkes mask and a hacked site showing their handle as the owner of the site. If you slap your handle on your work you are not Anonymous.

    On a separate note It looks like all the holes have been closed on the forum now and no more oddities are showing up in the files and logs.

    Regards,
    Chris
     
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    Snape Master of the BanHammer Staff Member PAF Administrator

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    Same VB version shown in the footer there.
     

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