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ATTENTION: If you get logged out unexpectedly
« on: February 12, 2011, 12:30:48 AM »

The forum is under a fairly determined and extensive brute force BOT login attack since very early Friday morning. I've been working on security changes and IP address range blocks for about 5 hours this evening to slow it down, and maybe eventually stop it.

It appears to be possibly coming allegedly from an actual company that has gone stupid and will probably be getting sued by another company. Regardless, besides the big headache it has given me, it is possible some of you may get logged out of the forum unexpectedly with an error message stating you have attempted too many logins.

It will not be anything you have done. I am trying hard to keep any of you from even noticing it personally, but if you do get logged out and can't log back in, please Contact me and I'll try to get you straightened out as soon as possible.

If you see a page asking you to prove you are a human, I apologize profusely for the irritation and recommend you have your computer scanned with an up-to-date virus program. I've had to do this to keep things from getting worse as this attack is affecting a large number of websites and some of my fellow webmasters are having a devil of a time compared to the 5 hour headache I've had.

I have also made changes that might possibly affect what you can see and do on the forum when not logged in, so if you find you can't do something while logged out that you used to be able to do, that is why. Please log in.

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Re: ATTENTION: If you get logged out unexpectedly
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2011, 05:37:11 AM »

Thanks for always being there to protect us Dan.
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Re: ATTENTION: If you get logged out unexpectedly
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2011, 04:22:59 PM »

You're welcome mikesmiph! I have not heard from anyone who claims to have gotten kicked out so it appears maybe I did not get attacked to the same level as some webmasters I saw posting on support boards.

Crossing my fingers, but there have been no further inblocked attempts since this morning about 3AM. Some Internet security types are claiming this 'attack' is coming from a British ISP and I did definitely see some of the attempts coming from their IP addresses, but I had attempts coming from Asia, half of Europe (Eastern and Western), Africa, North America and even one from Latin America. I have no idea why they would be coming to this site so much since I have no actual members from the home island and not many visitors?

40 known spammer IPs have been blocked on here since 4:30 AM. I wish there was another choice because I had to block about 1,400 additional IP addresses and entire ranges meaning it is possible some legitimate person might not be able to get to the site.

Some of them where US IP addresses. I don't feel too bad about the ones are coming from known scumbag companies (sorry about that language) in the US who cater to people who like to do naughty things without being easily traced. Proxy servers and private server farms. I've never gotten a legitimate member from one of them. Only spammers and hackers.

But some of the IP addresses are probably people who are not taking good care of their computers and have been infected by someone who then uses their computer remotely to do bad things. I hate to do that to anyone, but these spammers almost leave me no other choice.

If any of you get sent to a page that recommends you seek technical help, it is because your computer has been identified by a major service (not necessarily me) as forwarding spam or other bad things. There are 5 people I know right now whose computers are being used to send spam or worse. I try to help with advice, but unfortunately, I have to keep them from infecting the rest of you first, which means blocking them until they get cleaned up. Sorry.

I'm just glad we are not having the problems to the degree a whole bunch of other websites are having from this right now! Yuck!

Something I don't feel so bad about... remember 'Lonely in Lagos?' Gone! Permanently! ;D
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Re: ATTENTION: If you get logged out unexpectedly
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2011, 08:56:43 PM »

If I get kicked off I'm not paying my membership fees! >:(
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Re: ATTENTION: If you get logged out unexpectedly
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2011, 08:59:43 PM »

That seems fair to me.
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Re: ATTENTION: If you get logged out unexpectedly
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2011, 09:08:12 AM »

Let me know if you need grenades and heavy artillery.  We'll get the commie b*&%$#ds!!!!    :o



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Re: ATTENTION: If you get logged out unexpectedly
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2011, 02:07:45 PM »

I wish I could get them. If I charged a little, we could make a fortune from other webmasters who would shower us with gifts!!
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Re: ATTENTION: If you get logged out unexpectedly
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2011, 02:58:59 PM »

Keep up the good work Dan.  I run a web page, though not to this extent, so have a small glimpse of what you go through.  It is a ton of work - especially running a forum.  Good Job.
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Re: ATTENTION: If you get logged out unexpectedly
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2011, 03:35:15 PM »

We'll get the commie b*&%$#ds!!!!    :o

You think the attacks are coming from the White House? ;)
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Re: ATTENTION: If you get logged out unexpectedly
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2011, 07:02:02 PM »

We'll get the commie b*&%$#ds!!!!    :o

You think the attacks are coming from the White House? ;)

Now thats funny right there
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Re: ATTENTION: If you get logged out unexpectedly
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2011, 07:55:27 PM »

No White House IP addresses... though a different government agency seems to check in here once in a while. Certain keyword subjects always seem to precede the visits... hmmm?? Like I say, you just never know who's watching...
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Re: ATTENTION: If you get logged out unexpectedly
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2011, 08:13:33 PM »

would any of those keywords have anything to do with grenade and White House in the same topic? LOL
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Re: ATTENTION: If you get logged out unexpectedly
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2011, 11:17:47 PM »

You just never really know... ooops!! Better go check the logs...
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Re: ATTENTION: If you get logged out unexpectedly
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2011, 06:31:57 AM »

would any of those keywords have anything to do with grenade and White House in the same topic? LOL

No but they might if it is in the same post! :o
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