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Malware Spam Attack 2013-04-19

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#1 Admin


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Posted 19 April 2013 - 22:35

Dearest Members & Visitors to the little Fountain Pen Nut house on the digital prairie,

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.

Warm regards,
The FPN Admin Team
This account is unmanaged.
Please direct questions and comments to FPN Admin email, or directly to admin Wim (wimg).
Thank you very much in advance.
Warm regards,
The FPN Admin Team

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 00:20

Well done, my friends

That was a hectic day for you, aside from your normal daytime jobs...

Thanks for your diligence in these matters. :thumbup:




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Posted 20 April 2013 - 00:54

Hectic times!

Good work, all. It's much appreciated.

Many thanks.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 01:11

Thank you for so much work done so quickly and well ! ! !

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 01:23

Great job getting the board back up and thank you for keeping us up to date along the way.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 01:24

Thank you for your quick and effective response to this attack.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 01:33

Thank you for the quick response! Highly appreciated.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 01:45

I'd noticed other forums and even games with issues today, and guessed there were attacks on multiple servers. It sounds like you folks were all over this problem; thanks so much for all your time and effort in making FPN a safe place!

Lovely to have it back! :clap1:

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 01:52

Thanks for getting things back up again! :thumbup:


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Posted 20 April 2013 - 02:07

Thank you, Wim. Once again, you saved the day.
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Posted 20 April 2013 - 02:10

You are all an amazing group of volunteers. We are so happy to have William and all the rest!! :cloud9:

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 04:03

Many thanks. I know what a pain in the keyster this kind of stuff is and I get paid to do it. Your volunteer efforts are greatly appreciated. Thanks for putting in the long day today and every day.
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Posted 20 April 2013 - 07:06

Thanks for the effort.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 07:18

Thanks for all the hard work. I really appreciated the way we were kept informed of progress, with all the updates. Well done. :clap1: :clap1: :clap1: :clap1: :clap1: :clap1: :clap1: :clap1:
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Posted 20 April 2013 - 07:20

Many thanks for the great work and very quick response, highly appreciated. :clap1: :thumbup:

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 12:50

Nice job guys. Posted Image
I will never understand those attacks, especially when these are targeting innocent forums.Posted Image

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 12:59

Thanks for all the hard work and the updates. :thumbup:
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Posted 20 April 2013 - 13:19

Thanks for the update, and THANK YOU for all the good work you all have done in order to restore FPN!!!!:):):)

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 13:26

Two thumbs up! :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 13:41

Posted Image Thanks admin. team for your quick response to the invasion, as well as your diligence and persistence in solving the matter!

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