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Post by Anonymous46790 on January 9th 2012, 8:34 am

Hi all,
I have been having problems with my forum for a while now. My forum has been hacked atleast 3 times now. It has been done so by brute forces me, my admins and other members accounts. How can I stop my forum accounts from being brute forced?Is there a way to lock out an account after a certain amount of failed login attempts?

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Post by Sanket on January 9th 2012, 9:31 am


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Post by Anonymous46790 on January 9th 2012, 9:35 am

YeahI read them but somehow these hackers are still getting into me and my members accounts, any ideas?

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Post by Sanket on January 9th 2012, 9:37 am

What exactly do they do? Please give detailed information to better understand. How do you come to know a account is hacked?

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Post by Anonymous46790 on January 9th 2012, 9:41 am

The other day I was on my forum and images were changing. I then logged out and the "Who is online" feature still had my name there and features were still changing. I can only presume they had forced there way into my account. I have now changed my password to a random series of numbers letters and symbils 32 characters long. If the failed attempts is autimatically 8 I have no idea how they got into my account.

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Post by Sanket on January 9th 2012, 9:43 am

Images, were changing as in?

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Post by Anonymous46790 on January 9th 2012, 9:44 am

They were in my admin panel via my account changing images on all my pages like the banner,background etc.

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Post by Sanket on January 9th 2012, 9:47 am

Sometimes, our image hosting company can cause such problems wherein the image url's show different pictures.

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Post by Anonymous46790 on January 9th 2012, 9:48 am

No these were deliberate changes in images, they were very organised in the way the images were shown, they had a theme both times.

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Post by Sanket on January 9th 2012, 9:51 am

In my opinion, its not a hack. The reason i say this is because, when someone hacks it, he first takes control of your admin account. If someone took control of your account, the first thing he would've done been would be change the password of your account & then mess around.

Just changing the images of a skin can be done by any other admin as well. Do you have any other admin?

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Post by Anonymous46790 on January 9th 2012, 9:53 am

Yes, I forgot to mention I was locked out. They blocked my account Aaswell as my IP so I couldn't get in to my forum at all besides the utilities page.

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Post by Sanket on January 9th 2012, 9:54 am

So how did you manage to get back in??


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Post by Anonymous46790 on January 9th 2012, 9:56 am

Utilities section, I removed the ban list then used the access admin panel tool.

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Post by Sanket on January 9th 2012, 9:58 am

Well, good for you. If you were able to retrieve it back.

You did not answer, do you have another admin on the forum?

However, no one here can give you a foolproof solution to safeguard your account. Just be careful & follow the tips mentioned in the tutorials i posted above.

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Post by Anonymous46790 on January 9th 2012, 10:00 am

No I do not have a 2nd administrator only a backup for me, but thanks for your help anyway.

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Post by Sanket on January 9th 2012, 6:39 pm

Backup for me??

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Post by Anonymous46790 on January 10th 2012, 3:53 am

A second account owned by me with admin powers

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Post by SLGray on January 10th 2012, 4:03 am

It could be someone has hacked your second account.


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Post by Anonymous46790 on January 10th 2012, 4:21 am

Nope it was definately my first because when I was not logged on the "Who is online" feature showed that my first account was logged in

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Post by SLGray on January 10th 2012, 4:23 am

Sometimes it will show that you are online after you log off.

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