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Old June 8th, 2004, 04:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay guys.... here is the real deal.

*** And to prove that it really is me I've posted a picture that only I would have. Its of me and my father standing in my yard with my autococker. IF we have any more problems with this, the next pic I post will be of me, standing with my stocking cap on waving on my black and teal indy trail snowmobile in my yard. ***

Avanter has helped me greatly in restoring the forum to its current state. We did get hacked, and the forum was damaged pretty badly, but with his (Brandon's) help we have saved most of the forum.

I will have to readd the gun forums and other areas of the site, but for the current moment, the lounge is working just fine.

We hope to not run into any more problems.

PLEASE know that Avanter is a friend of mine who is helping me out. He knows a TON about hacking and internet security and therefore has been made our Technical Administrator in charge of maintaining the boards security and keeping things functioning properly.

No further flamming of him will be acceptable.

* I do understand how many of you are upset thinking he is the hacker.... he is not. He is the "Anti-hacker" so to speak. Please know that I have given him his power. He has been a great help.
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Old June 8th, 2004, 08:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here is the run down on what happened for people who didn't catch any or some of it!

Early June 7, 2004, around TEN-ELEVEN a.m. CST we were hacked.

~Heres how it happened.

-Cobra, the head admin here, got his account hacked. Someone used a brute forcer(a program that guesses passwords) to get his password. They de-admined all the admins, and changed cobras e-mail and password.

~Heres how it was fixed

-I found Cobras phone number and called him. I spoke with him about the situation, he was unaware of this due to his absense here. He got on and couldn't do anything because his password was changed. We talked for a good long time before finally coming up with ideas. None worked. He then told me to mess with the Website Control Panel because he was tired. He gave me the Website Control Panel head password. I fooled with it until finally finding how to change Cobras password through the website control panel. I figured it out. I changed it, got in there, and changed his e-mail and we were safe. Now here we are.


-If you noticed, when you type the number one in, you see a white box with a red x. This is because the hacker made it so the number one doesn't exist here. He was ingenious by doing so. This prevented us from doing a simple rollback that required us to type in a script with the number one. When we did this is didn't work because one doesn't excist. This is what it looks like.

5 4 3 2 1
five four three two one

~What is this annoying popup?!

-The popup is an attempt from the hacker to get cobras webhosting password. When you logon to the website control panel, you get this prompt. He thought he could fool cobra. If he would have gotten it, the forum would be gone. He could have deleted all backups and the site. Thank god he didn't get it! We will get rid of this popup asap!

~What should I do to help?

-CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD!!! Especially change it if you entered it in the box. That will the staff alot of time!
-Be Patient! Everything will be fixed in a few days!
-Follow Doomsdays rule!

~Cobra(mark) and I will be filling out a FBI report tomorrow. These hackers are busted!

-We HAVE to leave pbf in its current state, with all the forums gone... We can recover them easily, but for the FBI, we MUST leave them alone.

!!You ARE aloud to post in the lounge like you would anywere else! Just no Buy/Sell/Trade!!


If any of you wondered why I am an admin, it is simply because of my acts today. I am now working with cobra to prevent this from every happening again. I will be handling all errors and problems in the system. I will also be helping out around here as much as I can. Sorry if this does not apeal to all of you.

Thanks guys,
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Old June 8th, 2004, 08:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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New Rule! Now that the site is back up and opened, there is to be not talk about what happened in a bad way. All things thats represent somone or somthing that happened in those few days, in a negative way, result in instant ban. Profanity in your signature, or anything negative to staff in your signature will not be tolorated. It is an instant ban to flame/spam about what happened. Play it right. Don't get banned!
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