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#31 amble63

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 13:29

it's the old 'you don't realize how much something means to you until it's gone' routine. I was bereft! I even ventured over onto another well-known pen board but was dismayed at the level of hostility directed at FPN (albeit all from one guy!) and (here's the shallow part) the lack of pictures on the sales board (ha!).

VERY very glad to have FPN back. Thanks admin folks.
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Posted 11 June 2010 - 13:34

:notworthy1: Thank you for your your effort, time and energy to restore the site. We all greatly appreciate your dedication and work.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 13:35


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.


I think I was on here when the attack first started, I only get here (mostly) for my weekend, so on the 8th I had 56 pages of new content, I had gotten through almost all of those but on the last couple of pages I started getting the warnings whenever I clicked on a link. As far as I can tell I didn't pick up anything, but it was certainly annoying that every time I tried to get here, until this morning, I was getting either the warning or it would not let me pass the warning. (Yeah, I know how Google does things, but I wasn't using Google in any way.)
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#34 MichaelD

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 13:39

I appreciate all your hard work. Thanks for bringing FPN back to us.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 13:43

Thank you for working it out. Much appreciated.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 13:47

Thanks to all the FPN Admin Team for their hard work to get things back to normal once again. I was concerned that it might be a permanent problem, and am really pleased the Forum is up and running again.

3 cheers for the Admin Team: Hip Hip.....

#37 Djehuty

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 13:55

Huzzah! Well done, and I'm glad FPN is back to normal! :D

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 13:58

Thanks FPN team, I am new to the site but still felt the frustration of not being able to log on. Glad it is back up!

#39 MicheleB

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 14:00

I will add my thanks as well. I missed the sight being up and appreciate your efforts. Something tells me the fix was not easy :clap1:
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Posted 11 June 2010 - 14:03

Thanks a lot to the admins for their effort.

I was checking the site on a two hours base (24/24h), so I'm very happy we're back...

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 14:03

Congratulations FPN - and thanks. Nice to have you back

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.


Could you give more information on this fix, please. I ran verify and repair permissions, but not sure what installation utility diagnostics is? Is it built into the Mac OS X, or an extra? Thanks, CS

#42 RMehta248

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 14:11

INTERnational Nightmare!!!

Rajesh (from London, UK)



Our long national nightmare is over, thank goodness!



#43 Sailor Kenshin

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 14:12

So we're back? Sugee.

And what a shame some people act so selfishly.

#44 OcalaFlGuy

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 14:18

Thanks to the Admins for their efforts in getting FPN back up. :clap1:

It appears to me, the risk to any given machine from this is inversely proportional to the level of badness defense softwares and untodatenicitiness of same installed on it. (And with all due respect, it seems "I own this different OS machene so I don't have to worry about badness" is no longer a necessarily valid logic...)

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 14:20

Many thanks to the admins for all their hard work in restoring the board. It was missed.....

The perpetrator of the attack needs hanging out to dry at the very least. Good thing I am not in a position to catch the menace.
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Posted 11 June 2010 - 14:21

Thanks FPN Admin for getting the site back up and running. I too would like to know more details as to what the malware contents were so I may check my machine more thoroughly. I've used Malwarebytes to scan my computer, and it came up clean. However, one can never be too sure.

On a different note, I am outraged towards the hacker and very sympathetic to FPN Admin and its members. Even though I'm a fairly new member to this community, this is one of very few sites in which some civility, integrity and respect are exercised by the majority of the members. It's refreshing to see that some ol' fashioned yet timeless values still exist in the virtual realm. Because of that, I've felt very safe in perusing the contents as well as doing business with the members. However, this past incident made me feel like a victim of a robbery. No one likes the feeling of violation and the realization that something is not safe anymore.

FPN Admin, you have my sympathies, and I hope you have the means to prevent such occurrences in the future. Great job and thank you for providing a forum where people like me can obtain helpful information and great deals to feed our passions/addictions.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 14:30

Glad you're up and running again. I find it sad that people want to attack a harmless pen site. :-(
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Posted 11 June 2010 - 14:37

We should find the perpetrator and force him or her to write with old Bic pens found inbetween couch cushions! :angry:


Thank you, admins, for keeping our community safe!

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 14:39

Excellent work, had me worried for a while. Thanks to all concerned.
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Posted 11 June 2010 - 14:48

Thanks for bringing the site back up again, am glad everything turn out well :thumbup:

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 14:51

I missed FPN so very much. I am glad that this was fixed quickly! Great Job Admins!
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#52 Dan Carmell

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 15:00

Thanks for your hard work not only in maintaining this site on a daily basis, but also for dealing with this situation. I didn't realize how much I depend on several days fixes of FPN until it wasn't available.

But I would like to request that the FPN Admin Team delegate one of its members, or one of the many moderators, to let folks know what the status is when these things happen--if only at the beginning and end. And the only practical way to do this is to post on Pentrace. I know there is a history of acrimony between the sites and some individuals and Elaine mentions being attacked for posting some news there (which wasn't even site-related), which I remember. But face it, Pentrace is the only other game in town and all the FPNers go there when our home is down!

Suggestions without any actual backing aren't always helpful, so I would certainly volunteer to post relayed messages over there the next time this happens. I've been through the pen wars--I have a tough skin!

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#53 Elaine

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 15:10

Thanks for your hard work not only in maintaining this site on a daily basis, but also for dealing with this situation. I didn't realize how much I depend on several days fixes of FPN until it wasn't available.

But I would like to request that the FPN Admin Team delegate one of its members, or one of the many moderators, to let folks know what the status is when these things happen--if only at the beginning and end. And the only practical way to do this is to post on Pentrace. I know there is a history of acrimony between the sites and some individuals and Elaine mentions being attacked for posting some news there (which wasn't even site-related), which I remember. But face it, Pentrace is the only other game in town and all the FPNers go there when our home is down!

Suggestions without any actual backing aren't always helpful, so I would certainly volunteer to post relayed messages over there the next time this happens. I've been through the pen wars--I have a tough skin!

Dan


We'll post an official notice over there. Let the attacks begin :-)

#54 PianoMan14

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 15:18

Thank you so much for getting the site up and running again! It really is a shame that someone would attack the site and inject malware.

Since we can't tar and feather the real crackers, we will have to make do with this (in the virtual world):



crackermachine# tar -cf hacker*.txt /home/naughty_people
crackermachine# gzip allhackers.tar
crackermachine# ls
   			allhackers.gz
crackermachine# cd ~
crackermachine# cd ..
crackermachine# rm -f

HA!


Edited by PianoMan14, 11 June 2010 - 16:34.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 15:18

We should find the perpetrator and force him or her to write with old Bic pens found inbetween couch cushions! :angry:



I'd second that! Thanks to the Admin people for fixing the problem, it is much appreciated.
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#56 Lorna Reed

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 15:19

Missed you so much FPN :crybaby: :crybaby: :crybaby: So glad you're back and thanks for all the hard work that must have been going on to get up and running again. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Posted 11 June 2010 - 15:21

Thanks for all the hard work! :clap1: :notworthy1: Now it looks like I won't get all the stuff done around the house I was going to do today. :blush:
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#58 BrianDiPalma

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 15:24

Thanks for making sure everything is safe and sound for our use. I'm pretty new and I've really enjoyed reading all the reviews as I contemplate difference purchases. I'm glad that everything is back up and running! Thanks!!

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 15:24

The FPN Administrative Team is the best! Thank you for all of your efforts, both the daily running of the site and the clean-up after the malware attack.

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As for the perpetrator, old Bic ballpoints are too good, even if they're fuzzy with couch cushion lint. I vote for crummy give-away advertising pens.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 15:25

I was getting worried that we are being attacked by aliens from outer space. I missed my FPN fix for 3 days and that was even more worrisome. Posted Image
Thank you very much to all those involved in getting FPN back to business. Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image