Malware Problem Fixed
Posted 11 June 2010 - 10:17
The FPN site was hacked. A significant effort to find and delete corrupted files was accomplished by midday Wednesday, and the site returned to service. Since then we have continued to work to restore the site, and to implement additional protections, and would not consider a return to public view until we are satisfied that it is both clean, and well protected.
Google identified it as an attack site by sensing that there was malware on the site on June, 8. We were trying to get their attention to assure them that we are restoring the site after cleaning it, but there was some difficulty in getting their attention. Unfortunately, once a site has been reported, one has to request a retest of the site by them, and that not only places us at their mercy re timing, but also on propagation of its safe status over the internet..
We found in the mean time that many reports we got were triggered by the big red box Google uses to alert people surfing the internet, and that this does not reflect the actual state of a web site. We were clear on June, 8, IOW only hours after the first report by a member, but you need to read the actual report in detail to find that the (only and) last report of malware by Google itself found place early on June 8!
Anyway, current status is that the site is malware free, and that the loopholes are closed.
According to Google:
Unfortunately, Google has discovered harmful code on your site. Google users will see a warning page when they attempt to visit pages within this site.
Status of the latest badware review for this site: A review for this site has finished. The site was found clean. The badware warnings from web search are being removed. Please note that it can take some time for this change to propagate.
After you have removed all harmful code from your site and addressed the underlying vulnerability that caused it to be compromised, you can request a review of your site.
Request a reviewSome of the infected pages are listed below. Google is providing these pages as a starting point in your investigation and clean-up process. Please also use StopBadware.org's Guide to Cleaning and Securing your Website to identify, address, and prevent any malware activity on your site. Important: Simply removing harmful code from individual pages is not enough to fix the problem; you must also ensure that you identify and address the underlying vulnerabilities that allowed your site to be contaminated.
Highlight in red, bold, italics by us.
IOW, back to our normal addiction of anything pen related .We're happy to be back, so let's enjoy !
Warmest regards, from
Please direct questions and comments to FPN Admin email, or directly to admin Wim (wimg).
Thank you very much in advance.
The FPN Admin Team
Posted 11 June 2010 - 10:53
Edited by SamCapote, 11 June 2010 - 10:54.
Posted 11 June 2010 - 10:59
This was completely freaking me out. I also ran my own Spybot Seek & Destroy, and also Spywareblaster which both came up clean on my machine. But I couldn't get my fix. I started getting the DT's, shaking, frothing at the mouth, messing on myself. Don't do this again. I ran out of clean underwear!
Eeew - one can almost get a picture of this and man - it is very unpleasant!! Fortunately that is almost
Great job to get this fixed - I missed you heaps as well!!
"What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for each other" George Elliot
Posted 11 June 2010 - 11:09
Money may not make you happy but I would rather cry in a Rolls-Royce
" I spend 95% of my income on pens..........the rest I just waste " ( Mr. P. Nut )
Posted 11 June 2010 - 11:29
Posted 11 June 2010 - 11:35
"Design is how it works"
Posted 11 June 2010 - 11:38
Oh, give me a chisel! Oh, give me a saw!
To cut off the leg of my mother-in-law.
Bishop William Stubbs, 19th-century Oxford don, while giving a lecture on a totally unrelated subject.
Posted 11 June 2010 - 11:53
Edited by framebaer, 11 June 2010 - 11:54.
Posted 11 June 2010 - 11:54
Posted 11 June 2010 - 11:58
"A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral." –Antoine de Saint Exupéry
Posted 11 June 2010 - 11:59
Glad you fixed the problems and thanks for all your hard work.
Exploding Ink Maestro
Pens: Caran d'Ache Leman Godron, Lamy Safari, Italix Parsons Essential, Mont Blanc LeGrande '90 years', Delta Titanio Galassia, Sailor 1911
Posted 11 June 2010 - 12:02
I entered the site accepting the risk and no malware entered my PC.Did they really found malware code in the site or was just a false positive?
The first instance on 6/8/10 was indeed an attack. The subsequent notices were due to Google requiring a bit of red tape in order to remove their warning.
Posted 11 June 2010 - 12:07
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Posted 11 June 2010 - 12:13
Posted 11 June 2010 - 12:24
The Malware corrupted a bunch of files on my Mac. Had to run the installation utility diagnostics to fix the problem. Suggest other Mac users do the same.
That seems like great advice.
...but I don't see that utility in my Utilities list. What other names might it lurk under?