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Old 06-22-2012, 02:37 PM
francois francois is offline
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Forums have unfortunately been hacked

Forums had to be taken off-line by our ISP due to some vulnerabilities that were exploited by some very unsavory characters, which make it mandatory that we upgrade the site software.

Because all of this was very highly customized, it will take time and resources to make it happen and this is not a trivial project.

Wish I had better news, but nothing much we can do at this juncture.

I am keeping the board on at this point to see what happens, but it may get turned off again at anytime.

For those of you who wonder, all of the information contained in the forums is saved and all posts are safely backed up.

Additionally, there is no need for anyone to change passwords as those are stored in a separate encrypted area and not accessible even if someone was to gain access again.

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Old 06-22-2012, 11:43 PM
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Thank you Francois for your time and effort.
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Old 06-23-2012, 03:18 AM
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Thanks for bringing it back... I've missed this board!
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Old 06-23-2012, 03:52 AM
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It feels like a lifetime has passed!

If you need any technical help with DB, PHP etc let me know.
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Old 06-23-2012, 03:55 AM
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Sorry to hear about that, and very glad the forums are back online!
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Old 06-23-2012, 04:41 AM
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Fantastic news! Glad you managed to get them back online, FK!
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Old 06-23-2012, 06:35 AM
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Just the fact that nothing is lost is something I regard as good news! Great to have the forum back, hope it will stay this way for now :-)

Thanks!
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Old 06-23-2012, 09:35 AM
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Sorry to hear about the unsavoury characters!
Sadly there are rather a lot of them around.

Good to have the forum back.
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Old 06-23-2012, 02:24 PM
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yeahh we are backkk!!
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Old 06-23-2012, 02:28 PM
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Thanks you very much. I really thought it would be dead FOREVER.

My advice to you is to look for a better hosting service. Some companys today offer a free backup every 24 hours and you can restore with a few clicks. And it is not expensive. Message me if you need a need a good name in the business.
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Old 06-23-2012, 02:55 PM
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Thanks you very much. I really thought it would be dead FOREVER.

My advice to you is to look for a better hosting service. Some companys today offer a free backup every 24 hours and you can restore with a few clicks. And it is not expensive. Message me if you need a need a good name in the business.

Sorry but that's not what happened at all. We maintain backups for the site, it's never a problem to do this. The host is actually excellent, and were on top of the situation in no time at all.

These hackers managed to infiltrate a directory and gained enough privileges to install their own software and run a server on it. They don't care about this web site, they were just using the space and bandwidth for other things of their own. So the host had no choice but to shut off access to the compromised area in a way that only we could control. (hence the error message)

I just waited long enough that they probably won't try again. This is the 'low-hanging fruit' theory. There are plenty enough of other web sites that have similar vulnerabilities that they probably won't bother with this until we hopefully manage to do the needed upgrade to the forum's code so that the same vulnerability cannot be exploited again.

For obvious reasons, I am not going into too much details about any of this....

Again, if it happens again, sorry everyone but there's not much we are going to be able to do until the upgrade takes place.

Speaking of which, have to catch a flight.

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Old 06-23-2012, 03:29 PM
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Safe journeys Francois and thanks! I'll have to stop out for one of your Cielo night soon, I just moved to the nyc area..
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Old 06-23-2012, 09:33 PM
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Wow, i thought the forum had simply folded. I just happen to click in out of old habit today. Glad it's back.
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:19 AM
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Donations?

Thanks FK!

I would be more than happy to make a donation toward the site upgrade if you have a means to accept funding. Perhaps donations via Paypal?
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:50 PM
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Was going through some heavy withdrawl. Glad its back.


Thanks for getting this back up Francois.
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Old 07-10-2012, 05:40 PM
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Sorry for my late response, but thank you FK for bringing back this site. Not only for the information that we have here but also for helping us keep contact with our good friends here at Wave.

Many Blessings and gratittude!!
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