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Site Hacked.. mostly restored

Post by srkris » 31 Jan 2017, 06:32

Hi All,

The site was hacked, but has been mostly restored.

Need to work on some minor issues but do let me know in this thread if you find something is not working.

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Re: Site Hacked.. mostly restored

Post by vgovindan » 01 Feb 2017, 22:31

Srkrs,
Thanks for this announcement. We were worried about the site. In this page, the Quick links comes up without being invoked. Similarly, 'Jump to comes up without being invoked.
The front page is having all symbols.
Thanks for your efforts to restore normalcy.
Wish you all the best.
V Govindan

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Re: Site Hacked.. mostly restored

Post by Nick H » 01 Feb 2017, 22:36

Thank you for your work. It has been sad seeing the error messages over the past couple of days.

Was it a random attack, or something more personal/targeted? I just can't understand why anybody would be interested in attacking us!

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Re: Site Hacked.. mostly restored

Post by srkris » 02 Feb 2017, 02:07

Thanks both for your concern. It seemed like an automated hack using backdoor trojans (perhaps using some pre-existing vulnerability in the script). I have now updated the forum scripts to the latest version and have also tightened up file permissions on the server. Hopefully that won't be repeated. Anyways I've scheduled frequent backups so not much can get lost permanently.

If you find something still seems strange, try CTRL+F5 to refresh your browser cache, still if things dont improve please let me know either here or by email.

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Re: Site Hacked.. mostly restored

Post by Nick H » 02 Feb 2017, 02:18

Thank you

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Re: Site Hacked.. mostly restored

Post by rshankar » 02 Feb 2017, 04:02

Thank you srkris for your prompt restoration!

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Re: Site Hacked.. mostly restored

Post by Pratyaksham Bala » 02 Feb 2017, 09:57

srkris:
THANKS !

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Re: Site Hacked.. mostly restored

Post by thanjavooran » 02 Feb 2017, 11:03

ThanQ srkris !

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Re: Site Hacked.. mostly restored

Post by Nick H » 02 Feb 2017, 14:21

whenever we have a crash, we loose the "thanks." If I remember rightly from the last time, this is an add-on feature, which takes some time to add on, and waiting patiently is the order of the day.

So... waiting patiently! :)

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Re: Site Hacked.. mostly restored

Post by srkris » 02 Feb 2017, 16:32

Yes, I have disabled the thanks feature since it is not compatible with the current version. I will look to restore it as soon as it is upgraded to be compatible with the latest version.

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Re: Site Hacked.. mostly restored

Post by Nick H » 02 Feb 2017, 16:41

"Thanks"

:D

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Re: Site Hacked.. mostly restored

Post by rshankar » 02 Feb 2017, 21:18

Why is the forum page filled with red circles???

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Re: Site Hacked.. mostly restored

Post by eesha » 02 Feb 2017, 22:47

srkris wrote:
02 Feb 2017, 02:07
I have now updated the forum scripts to the latest version and have also tightened up file permissions on the server. Hopefully that won't be repeated.
Please disable FTP in your server, if not done already. FTP protocol is prone to vulnerability , which I learnt when sangeethapriya was hacked. Disabling FTP prevented further attacks. Also if you do ssh, pls disable root login.

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Post by VK RAMAN » 03 Feb 2017, 01:23

Thanks.

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Re: Site Hacked.. mostly restored

Post by srkris » 03 Feb 2017, 04:36

rshankar wrote:
02 Feb 2017, 21:18
Why is the forum page filled with red circles???
Please refresh your page using CTRL+F5. Apologies for the inconvenience

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Re: Site Hacked.. mostly restored

Post by aaaaabbbbb » 05 Feb 2017, 06:03

Respected Sir,

Thank you very much for resolving my log-in problem.

Much appreciate your prompt action.

Thank you once again,

Regards

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Re: Site Hacked.. mostly restored

Post by Nick H » 05 Feb 2017, 14:22

It looks like it has been a long, hard slog for skris. Probably several days work on top of his career demands. Hoping for no more hiccoughs now!

Thanks again... Appreciation is due in heaps :)

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Re: Site Hacked.. mostly restored

Post by srkris » 05 Feb 2017, 18:22

Apologies again for the inconvenience... although I didn't hack the site myself :D

Anyone who still can't login or see errors, please contact me.

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Re: Site Hacked.. mostly restored

Post by thanjavooran » 05 Feb 2017, 19:32

Many thanks for your tireless sincere efforts.
Thanjavooran
05 02 2017

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Re: Site Hacked.. mostly restored

Post by Nick H » 05 Feb 2017, 19:47

srkris wrote:
05 Feb 2017, 18:22
Apologies again for the inconvenience... although I didn't hack the site myself :D.
:D :lol: :D :lol: :D

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Re: Site Hacked.. mostly restored

Post by vgovindan » 06 Feb 2017, 18:56

srkris,
I have the same problem (of symbols) with the Menu and sub-menu pages. However, the actual content of the topics are ok. I have cleared the History.
I am able to view properly in the cellphone.
Can you please help?

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Re: Site Hacked.. mostly restored

Post by vgovindan » 07 Feb 2017, 17:33

srkris,
Now - 5.30 pm 7 Feb 17, things seem normal.
I am able to view the site without any problem.
Thanks for setting it right.
God Bless u
V Govindan

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Re: Site Hacked.. mostly restored

Post by srkris » 08 Feb 2017, 20:11

vgovindan wrote:
07 Feb 2017, 17:33
srkris,
Now - 5.30 pm 7 Feb 17, things seem normal.
I am able to view the site without any problem.
It is a cache issue - it will fix itself, however, as the announcement at the top shows, CTRL+F5 will have done the trick.

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Re: Site Hacked.. mostly restored

Post by vgovindan » 10 Feb 2017, 22:21

SRkris, There seem to be one problem - For every session, I am asked to login in spite of my enabling 'remember' button.

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Re: Site Hacked.. mostly restored

Post by srkris » 11 Feb 2017, 04:20

vgovindan wrote:
10 Feb 2017, 22:21
SRkris, There seem to be one problem - For every session, I am asked to login in spite of my enabling 'remember' button.
Thanks for reporting, I will check why this is happening.

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