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Old 11-20-2009, 02:22 AM   #1
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We're back - unexpected forums outage

An exploit in our software was taken advantage of by some hackers who linked to a malicious site. It appears there was a little over 4 hours between the time it happened and the time we took the servers offline Thursday.

In an effort to minimize damage to the board we opted to shut everything down while we investigated the issue and formulated a game plan. Our team (server admins, programmers, and software vendors) coordinated and developed a plan to remove the malicious files and secure the servers. We believe that forum members should not have any system issues associated with this so long they didn't visit the malicious site AND install anything.

While the service interruption was unfortunate, it was important to us to make sure this issue was fully addressed before returning to business as usual. Protecting our community from this kind of intrusion is paramount and we'll post more info here as it becomes available. It's possible that we may need to continue tweak the forum setup and if so, we may have another service interruption.

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Old 11-20-2009, 02:29 AM   #2
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Glad you guys are on top of everything Also glad its back up too


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Old 11-20-2009, 02:46 AM   #3
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Yes thank you! I panicked when I couldnt load this page!!!!
What exactly did these hackers do??
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Old 11-20-2009, 03:10 AM   #4
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Two thumbs up to you guy and gals!!! Thanks!
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:06 AM   #5
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Great job in getting the forum back up and running. I'd also like to say thanks for keeping us updated on what was happening while the site was down
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great job thanks for updates!
special thanks to melosu58 , roka , thincat,CaptainAhab (and many more who i will list later as i find thier names so i can spell them lol ) for i would not have the tank or the knowledge i have about my tank if not for them.
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Old 11-22-2009, 01:09 PM   #8
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I use Kaspersky Anti-Virus and every time I have clicked on anything today it tells me that Firfox is trying to access a site used to steal credit card numbers and other personal information, and it lists http://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/p...test_domain.js. I have never had this come up before until today, and it wasn't until this afternoon.
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Old 11-22-2009, 04:24 PM   #10
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It apprears to be happening on many sites:
*Beware* Google Ads Links to Phishing Pages on Google page

Here is one of the discussions on Google AdSense support:
Kaspersky blocking AdSense and flagging as phising - AdSense Help

You can read other reports on the same issue here:
AdSense Basics and Policies - AdSense Help

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