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The official news on the forums being hacked

RamiusRamius Joined: July 19, 2000Administrator, ClubPA admin
As many of you will have realized, the Penny-Arcade forums were down for a number of hours today.

For those of you who care about the details, I've been told the exploit originated at another site on the cluster. I was concerned that there was an as-yet-unannounced phpBB exploit which is what prompted me to take the forums down despite the fact that the only thing missing was the index.php file.

Interestingly, it is due to penny-arcade still using the legacy .php3 (rather than .php) notation on it's front page that kept that from being overwritten as well.

There may be some quirks with the index page because it may be missing some recent changes. It looks "off" to me, but I'm not sure what about it looks wrong yet. I didn't do much to that file, though, so it shouldn't be anything terrible to fix.

Ramius on
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  • LegacyLegacy SCP Of The Digital Frontier The Grid(Seattle)Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2004
    Ramius wrote:
    There may be some quirks with the index page because it may be missing some recent changes. It looks "off" to me, but I'm not sure what about it looks wrong yet. I didn't do much to that file, though, so it shouldn't be anything terrible to fix.

    The font is either too big, or bolded...something like that.

    Legacy on
    Can we get the chemicals in. 'Cause anything's better than this.
  • switchstanceswitchstance Registered User
    edited February 2004
    Legacy wrote:
    Ramius wrote:
    There may be some quirks with the index page because it may be missing some recent changes. It looks "off" to me, but I'm not sure what about it looks wrong yet. I didn't do much to that file, though, so it shouldn't be anything terrible to fix.

    The font is either too big, or bolded...something like that.

    Agreed. I'm just glad to have it back.

    switchstance on
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  • the cheatthe cheat Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2004
    i'm sure someone has a screenshot of it laying around.

    the cheat on
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  • ThandorThandor __BANNED USERS
    edited February 2004
    Legacy wrote:
    The font is either too big, or bolded...something like that.

    Aye

    Thandor on
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  • BarcardiBarcardi All the Wizards Registered User regular
    edited February 2004
    i do... give me a minute here

    edit: this is before the haxors or whatever own you thing

    Barcardi on
  • thedude_frombaywatchthedude_frombaywatch Registered User regular
    edited February 2004
    Thanks a lot. =) We all appreciate it!

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  • LednehLedneh shinesquawk Registered User regular
    edited February 2004
    I think there was blank space between the headers--"Chat, chat, chat it up" was separated more from the last Public forum, "It came from Linksville!"

    Or something like that. :?

    Ledneh on
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  • RivulentRivulent Registered User regular
    edited February 2004
    Sucks ;(.

    Rivulent on
  • SnowconeSnowcone Registered User regular
    edited February 2004
  • OrthancOrthanc Death Lite, Only 1 Calorie Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2004
    I think the fonts are wrong.

    But thanks for fixing all this up, if you have any more details as to exactly how they got in I'd be interested.

    Well I'm off to my webserver
    find / -name *.php -exec sed -e "s/php/php3/g" {} \> {}3

    Orthanc on
    orthanc
  • LegacyLegacy SCP Of The Digital Frontier The Grid(Seattle)Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2004
    There we go.

    Perfect.

    Legacy on
    Can we get the chemicals in. 'Cause anything's better than this.
  • WallyWally Registered User
    edited February 2004
    Fucking right on! We are back in business. You the man, Ramius. :^:

    Wally on
  • RamiusRamius Joined: July 19, 2000 Administrator, ClubPA admin
    edited February 2004
    Legacy wrote:
    Ramius wrote:
    There may be some quirks with the index page because it may be missing some recent changes. It looks "off" to me, but I'm not sure what about it looks wrong yet. I didn't do much to that file, though, so it shouldn't be anything terrible to fix.

    The font is either too big, or bolded...something like that.
    now does it look right?

    I think it was the stacked "last post" that was throwing it off the most.

    Ramius on
  • LegacyLegacy SCP Of The Digital Frontier The Grid(Seattle)Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2004
    Ramius wrote:
    Legacy wrote:
    Ramius wrote:
    There may be some quirks with the index page because it may be missing some recent changes. It looks "off" to me, but I'm not sure what about it looks wrong yet. I didn't do much to that file, though, so it shouldn't be anything terrible to fix.

    The font is either too big, or bolded...something like that.
    now does it look right?

    I think it was the stacked "last post" that was throwing it off the most.

    Yeah. Looks exactly how it should now. :D Awesome.

    Legacy on
    Can we get the chemicals in. 'Cause anything's better than this.
  • OrthancOrthanc Death Lite, Only 1 Calorie Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2004
    Ramius wrote:
    Legacy wrote:
    Ramius wrote:
    There may be some quirks with the index page because it may be missing some recent changes. It looks "off" to me, but I'm not sure what about it looks wrong yet. I didn't do much to that file, though, so it shouldn't be anything terrible to fix.

    The font is either too big, or bolded...something like that.
    now does it look right?

    I think it was the stacked "last post" that was throwing it off the most.

    back to normal :^:

    drinks are on the house

    Orthanc on
    orthanc
  • BarcardiBarcardi All the Wizards Registered User regular
    edited February 2004
    http://a.1asphost.com/barcardi/pamexican.JPG

    for anyone that is interested

    Barcardi on
  • futilityfutility Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2004
    Orthanc wrote:
    Ramius wrote:
    Legacy wrote:
    Ramius wrote:
    There may be some quirks with the index page because it may be missing some recent changes. It looks "off" to me, but I'm not sure what about it looks wrong yet. I didn't do much to that file, though, so it shouldn't be anything terrible to fix.

    The font is either too big, or bolded...something like that.
    now does it look right?

    I think it was the stacked "last post" that was throwing it off the most.

    back to normal :^:

    drinks are on the house

    hooray!

    futility on
  • OrthancOrthanc Death Lite, Only 1 Calorie Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2004
    futility wrote:
    Orthanc wrote:
    Ramius wrote:
    Legacy wrote:
    Ramius wrote:
    There may be some quirks with the index page because it may be missing some recent changes. It looks "off" to me, but I'm not sure what about it looks wrong yet. I didn't do much to that file, though, so it shouldn't be anything terrible to fix.

    The font is either too big, or bolded...something like that.
    now does it look right?

    I think it was the stacked "last post" that was throwing it off the most.

    back to normal :^:

    drinks are on the house

    hooray!

    Yep, now if someone's got a ladder we can get them down

    Orthanc on
    orthanc
  • DogDog Registered User, Administrator, Vanilla Staff admin
    edited February 2004
    Barcardi wrote:
    http://a.1asphost.com/barcardi/pamexican.JPG

    for anyone that is interested

    Pssst... That's Portuguese, my bubbly friend. ;)

    Unknown User on
  • futilityfutility Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2004
    Orthanc wrote:
    futility wrote:
    Orthanc wrote:
    Ramius wrote:
    Legacy wrote:
    Ramius wrote:
    There may be some quirks with the index page because it may be missing some recent changes. It looks "off" to me, but I'm not sure what about it looks wrong yet. I didn't do much to that file, though, so it shouldn't be anything terrible to fix.

    The font is either too big, or bolded...something like that.
    now does it look right?

    I think it was the stacked "last post" that was throwing it off the most.

    back to normal :^:

    drinks are on the house

    hooray!

    Yep, now if someone's got a ladder we can get them down

    booo!!!

    futility on
  • RamiusRamius Joined: July 19, 2000 Administrator, ClubPA admin
    edited February 2004
    futility wrote:
    Orthanc wrote:
    futility wrote:
    Orthanc wrote:
    Ramius wrote:
    Legacy wrote:
    Ramius wrote:
    There may be some quirks with the index page because it may be missing some recent changes. It looks "off" to me, but I'm not sure what about it looks wrong yet. I didn't do much to that file, though, so it shouldn't be anything terrible to fix.

    The font is either too big, or bolded...something like that.
    now does it look right?

    I think it was the stacked "last post" that was throwing it off the most.

    back to normal :^:

    drinks are on the house

    hooray!

    Yep, now if someone's got a ladder we can get them down

    booo!!!
    I hope you are not boo'ing the joke, because I thought it was pretty funny.

    Ramius on
  • ArtoriaArtoria Registered User regular
    edited February 2004
    How to deal with the hackers! I say we Nuke their IPs

    Artoria on
  • LegacyLegacy SCP Of The Digital Frontier The Grid(Seattle)Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2004
    dragonsama wrote:
    As for how to deal with the hackers We can always Nuke their IPs

    How about we E-MAIL BOMB 'EM?! KEKEKEKEKE ^_^!

    Legacy on
    Can we get the chemicals in. 'Cause anything's better than this.
  • WallyWally Registered User
    edited February 2004
    It's time for them to reap the whirlwind.

    Wally on
  • DynagripDynagrip destroy everything you touch Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2004
    Oh hey, the last post times aren't updating quite right on the index page.

    Dynagrip on
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  • DeusfauxDeusfaux Registered User regular
    edited February 2004
    Ramius, if someone can hack the forums, can they see my username and password? That bugs me.

    Deusfaux on
  • OrthancOrthanc Death Lite, Only 1 Calorie Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2004
    Deusfaux wrote:
    Ramius, if someone can hack the forums, can they see my username and password? That bugs me.

    Assmuming phpBB takes the standard precautions, they couldn't have seen your password. The password is normally encrypted in such a way that you can check it is correct, but you can't get the origional password back.

    Orthanc on
    orthanc
  • futilityfutility Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2004
    Ramius wrote:
    futility wrote:
    Orthanc wrote:
    futility wrote:
    Orthanc wrote:
    Ramius wrote:
    Legacy wrote:
    Ramius wrote:
    There may be some quirks with the index page because it may be missing some recent changes. It looks "off" to me, but I'm not sure what about it looks wrong yet. I didn't do much to that file, though, so it shouldn't be anything terrible to fix.

    The font is either too big, or bolded...something like that.
    now does it look right?

    I think it was the stacked "last post" that was throwing it off the most.

    back to normal :^:

    drinks are on the house

    hooray!

    Yep, now if someone's got a ladder we can get them down

    booo!!!
    I hope you are not boo'ing the joke, because I thought it was pretty funny.

    no sir... the lack of ladders

    futility on
  • BesigedBBesigedB Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2004
    Deusfaux wrote:
    Ramius, if someone can hack the forums, can they see my username and password? That bugs me.

    password is md5d in the database. only way to break it is to brute force it against an md5 dictionary

    BesigedB on
    this is a small sig to not get in your way
  • AnatoleAnatole Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2004
    dragonsama wrote:
    How to deal with the hackers! I say we Nuke their IPs
    Great idea! I know if I'm a hacker taking on one of the most visible and high-traffic websites on the Internet, I do the hacking from my home computer, using an ISP that has my personal billing information.

    Anatole on
  • StarfuckStarfuck Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2004
    Anatole wrote:
    dragonsama wrote:
    How to deal with the hackers! I say we Nuke their IPs
    Great idea! I know if I'm a hacker taking on one of the most visible and high-traffic websites on the Internet, I do the hacking from my home computer, using an ISP that has my personal billing information.

    It was you wasn't it?

    Starfuck on
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  • Stupid Mr Whoopsie NameStupid Mr Whoopsie Name Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2004
    They're close but not quite back to normal. Ramius used to have a gap between each of the major Forums.

    I've looked but I don't seem to have an old screencap of it anymore, but if what I'm saying is truly confusing I could easily PS one to explain better.

    Stupid Mr Whoopsie Name on
  • PaladinPaladin Registered User regular
    edited February 2004
    Drat it. I decide to leave and Deputy Modship goes up, Ramius place becomes active, the chatlog gets unlocked, and now the forum is hacked.

    I'm an emblem of mediocrity, as long as I'm here nothing exciting will happen. :(

    By the way, Ramius's Place is my favorite forum.

    Paladin on
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  • Cilla BlackCilla Black Priscilla!!! Registered User regular
    edited February 2004
    I tried to go ask the details of what happened on TTB, but I couldn't register. Didn't get the e-mail, and it was to my address.

    That was 11:39 this morning, eastern. I still don't have it and I tried to re-send it three times.

    I don't think TTB likes me. :cry:

    Anyway, look at it this way. If nothing interesting like this happened, the day might get pretty dull. Nothing is quite as much fun without a quirk every now and then.

    Cilla Black on
  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2004
    They're close but not quite back to normal. Ramius used to have a gap between each of the major Forums.

    I've looked but I don't seem to have an old screencap of it anymore, but if what I'm saying is truly confusing I could easily PS one to explain better.

    i have a screenshot of how they 'used to be'

    i just got on so i haven't looked careefully at anything.

    i can post if you want

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  • GorakGorak Registered User
    edited February 2004
    I heard it was a Brazillian group of kids called Hax0rs lab (not exactly creative). Apparently they were celebrating their 1000th hacked site by trying to simultaneously hack another 1000.

    While they were doing this a guy called CarderBR decided to put the smack down by hacking their site (hax0rslab.org) and it's still down.

    Instant karma.

    Gorak on
  • C NoteC Note Registered User
    edited February 2004
    Divine justice. :D

    C Note on
  • OrthancOrthanc Death Lite, Only 1 Calorie Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2004
    he he he

    Orthanc on
    orthanc
  • LeaveMeAloneLeaveMeAlone Registered User
    edited February 2004
    If I would attack a site like PA, I would try from a WiFi hotspot, then replace the NIC afterward. Don't know if WiFi registers MAC addresses though. Hacking seemed exciting awhile back in highschool, but it's a waste of time and effort now.


    good 'ol 139 port.

    LeaveMeAlone on
  • FyreWulffFyreWulff Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2004
    Were PMs affected in any way, Ramius? I believe I sent you a PM before it happened, and I haven't seen a response to it, so I wonder if it got lost.

    FyreWulff on
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