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Offline Ploppy

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« on: July 12, 2006, 10:44:40 AM »
Well that was fun  

So the forum is back after someone had their fun. Luckily no real damage was done and it has got me to upgrade to the latest version of the forum which fixed a lot of security holes.

Sorry that you all received an e-mail from the hacker, I was spared that because he had already deleted me from the forum  

As a result my account wont be quite right yet, i.e associated posts, counts etc.

Because we have gone to a new version of the forum there are some differences.

First off we have lost the Statistics, Member Map, Who Was Online & Board Panel (that little welcome thing that used to be at the top of the screen).

Will work on getting these (or equivalents) back again.

When you make your first post you will see some differences. Nothing too drastic, should be pretty intuitive.

If you have any questions, just let me know.

Cheers,

Paul

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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2006, 10:51:43 AM »
Quote from: Ploppy
Well that was fun  

So the forum is back after someone had their fun. Luckily no real damage was done and it has got me to upgrade to the latest version of the forum which fixed a lot of security holes.

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Will work on getting these (or equivalents) back again.

When you make your first post you will see some differences. Nothing too drastic, should be pretty intuitive.

If you have any questions, just let me know.

Cheers,

Paul

Dear Paul

Can't thank you enough for all the work you had to do. You are immensly appreciated.


John R
« Last Edit: July 12, 2006, 10:52:20 AM by John R »

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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2006, 11:06:56 AM »
Well done Ploppy.  You're a treasure.
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« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2006, 01:19:38 PM »
Nice one Paul. Some people want to get a life! All the regulars appreciate all you do to keep the thing running.

Even though my E-Mail address is listed under "My Controls" I didn't receive a message so it sounds as if they were selective.

Mike

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« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2006, 01:20:00 PM »
I'll second that    nice work Ploppy

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« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2006, 01:27:00 PM »
Thanks guys  

The FAQ/Review section has gone as well, was a bit limited anyway.
Have to see what else I can do (I still have the info you entered so can incorporate that into a new wotsit)

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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2006, 02:17:11 PM »
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Thanks guys  

The FAQ/Review section has gone as well, was a bit limited anyway.
Have to see what else I can do (I still have the info you entered so can incorporate that into a new wotsit)

mmm smart new board!!  

just a thought but it might be easier just to have seperate reviews section rather than trying to recreate the old (limited as you said) version

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« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2006, 05:06:15 PM »
paul

the calendar has gone a little odd btw  ( i know you must be looking for things to do!)

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« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2006, 05:16:05 PM »
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paul

the calendar has gone a little odd btw  ( i know you must be looking for things to do!)

Yeah I noticed that, if there is more than one entry for a day then they are grouped. Not sure that there is a lot that can be done about it right now  

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« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2006, 08:02:06 PM »
Just like to add my thanks and appreciation for getting it all going again.  
I'm only a sporadic visitor, but was seething    when I found out what some small-minded ****er had done to it, after being alerted by the e-mail.
Tried to track back on some of the delivery info in the raw e-mail but got nowhere, let's just hope their games backfire on them soon.
The phrase in the e-mail was:
"The forum involved studies T_T which i HATE"
Any idea what on earth that means?
Can't think of much on this forum that anyone would hate.
Reckon they're just upset 'cos they've never been to Plakias
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« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2006, 08:36:04 PM »
Well done, Ploppy, very impressed with speed.

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« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2006, 10:09:11 PM »
Quote from: Roland
Just like to add my thanks and appreciation for getting it all going again.  
I'm only a sporadic visitor, but was seething    when I found out what some small-minded ****er had done to it, after being alerted by the e-mail.
Tried to track back on some of the delivery info in the raw e-mail but got nowhere, let's just hope their games backfire on them soon.
The phrase in the e-mail was:
"The forum involved studies T_T which i HATE"
Any idea what on earth that means?
Can't think of much on this forum that anyone would hate.
Reckon they're just upset 'cos they've never been to Plakias

Hi Roland,

I don't think it was a personal attack, more likely some script judging by the number of requests being fired at our webserver by this guys IP address.

I could follow up on the IPs but I don't know how far it would get us.

Yes I saw the message, who knows what that meant.

Just some script kiddy with too much time on his hands but at least he wasn't as malicious as to trash the database.

Cheers,

Paul

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« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2006, 09:46:00 PM »
Well done Paul, thanks.              

Tom

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« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2006, 06:46:56 AM »
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The phrase in the e-mail was:
"The forum involved studies T_T which i HATE"
Any idea what on earth that means?
Hi Roland!

I looked up "T_T" in Wikipedia and found out that it's a horizontal smiley representing crying eyes.
My guess would be that the script that this little @$$ wrote (or, more likely, copied from someone else) checks the forum's keywords first and hacks every vulnerable forum with keyword "studies" (and maybe some others, like e.g. "science" or "mathematics").

I have to admit that I haven't been lurking in the forum much in recent times. I only found out how important it's become for me when I found out that it had been hacked. I almost went mad!

Ploppy, thanks a lot for all the effort you put into this forum. This recent annoying attack didn't make it easier for you. You really give a lot to the commuity. I want you to know that I really appreciate it and if I'm ever at Plakias when you're there, I'd love to show my thankfulness in the form of some nice cool Mythoses.

Για σου !
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« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2006, 10:07:09 PM »
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Ploppy, thanks a lot for all the effort you put into this forum. This recent annoying attack didn't make it easier for you. You really give a lot to the commuity. I want you to know that I really appreciate it and if I'm ever at Plakias when you're there, I'd love to show my thankfulness in the form of some nice cool Mythoses.

Για σου !
Andy
No problem Andy.

How well that Mythos would go down now. This room is like a furnace    3 computers don't help!