Malware Spam Attack 2013-04-19
Posted 19 April 2013 - 22:35
As you may have noticed, we had some weird pop-ups around 13:00 UTC / 08:00 EDT. This was caused by a spam code injection into the board software, and we took immediate action to locate it and remove it before anybody here could be harmed by it. We had to bring the board offline to do so, just in case.
Furthermore the lines were very slow, and it appears that was possibly caused by a DDoS attack, not so much on FPN, but on other servers, apparently having an effect on our line speed as well.
Anyway, around 17:30 UTC / 12:30 EDT, the slowness was resolved, and a scan had been initiated by the server hosting team by that time already, while we were looking for very specific changes to the software, and taking the standard measures we normally do in these cases.
At 20:45 UTC / 15:45 EDT, the problem was located by the scanning software, almost 6 hours after initiating it, and fixing started.
At 21:00 UTC / 16:00 EDT the fix had been carried out, and we started refreshing the server software, to make doubly sure nothing else could be affected by this.
At 23:45 UTC / 18:45 EDT the software refresh had been done, and final checks and recaching were carried out.
At 24:00 UTC / 19:00 EDT after a final reboot, we are live again.
Considering the type of problem encountered, we will put the board software upgrade forward now, even if this means losing some functionality of the board temporarily. The new software is capable of dealing with this type of attack very effectively, while our current software can't.
What we will temporarily lose, is our beautiful skins. We will do our utmost, however, to get those back as quickly as possible.
The FPN Admin Team
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 20 April 2013 - 00:20
That was a hectic day for you, aside from your normal daytime jobs...
Thanks for your diligence in these matters.
Freedom exists by virtue of self limitation.
Posted 20 April 2013 - 00:54
Good work, all. It's much appreciated.
Posted 20 April 2013 - 01:23
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Posted 20 April 2013 - 01:24
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Posted 20 April 2013 - 01:45
Lovely to have it back!
One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem,
see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Posted 20 April 2013 - 12:50
I will never understand those attacks, especially when these are targeting innocent forums.
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Posted 20 April 2013 - 12:59
Tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That's why it's called the present
Posted 20 April 2013 - 13:19
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that he does not know until he takes up his pen to write.