We are under attack from Russia this morning!

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We are under attack from Russia this morning!

Post by herohog » 14 Dec 2014 08:05

We have been hit HARD by Russian spammers this morning and I have been banning Email addresses and IP addresses and deleting user accounts and posts just as fast as I can. I have also reset the registration config so that there is no more automatic access. An admin has to manually grant new accounts access because of this. (50cal) :evil:
We were hit with 60+ "new users" this weekend and, perhaps, the phpBB.com site was attacked as well. I upgraded the system to the very latest version and that caused some issues that have since been resolved.
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Re: We are under attack from Russia this morning!

Post by herohog » 17 Dec 2014 19:23

From the phpBB site:
Update #3 17-12-2014 - 01:10

At this time we are proceeding with recovery efforts and have some additional important information.

We have confirmed that initial entry was made via a team member's compromised login details and not as the result of a vulnerability in the phpBB software. The phpBB download packages were never altered.

The attackers were able to obtain access to the phpBB.com and area51 databases, meaning that user information, including hashed salted passwords, was compromised. Additionally, all logins on area51 between Dec. 12th and Dec. 15th were logged in plaintext. While the hashing algorithm utilized in phpBB will make it difficult to obtain those passwords, you should not take any chances. If you were using your phpBB.com or area51 passwords anywhere else, you must change them.

We will provide full details, including the steps we have taken since the compromise, once we are back in operation.

Update #2 15-12-2014 - 23:30

On Sunday Dec. 14th, several of the web servers powering phpBB.com were compromised. Upon discovering the ongoing attack, we immediately took our network offline to perform a thorough investigation, which is continuing.

At this time, we would like to ask everyone to follow basic security protocol. If you were using your www.phpBB.com or area51.phpBB.com passwords anywhere else, please change them to unique ones.

Your personal phpBB Forums are NOT affected by the compromise of our servers.

We will be rebuilding our systems from the ground up and verifying the integrity of all data prior to coming back online. This process will likely take several days.

Further updates will be posted here when we have additional information.

- The phpBB Team
Speedy
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Re: We are under attack from Russia this morning!

Post by herohog » 17 Dec 2014 19:26

We are now on the latest version of the software and have made changes to protect us better that before. ;)
Speedy
AKA: Hero Hog, Dr. Speed and "That fat, old, balding, Grey-bearded gimpy guy"
Louisiana Open Carry Awareness League (LOCAL) Secretary/Treasurer, CIO

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