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Hacked and Powerless

Post by Chimitsu on June 27th 2012, 7:33 pm

My name is Chimitsu; I’m an administrator on Lost Generations (link to be provided for any forum motion administrators who can help; I don’t want to inadvertently advertise). Last night around 10:30pm PST, our forum was hacked. I was not online at the time, but I was on the phone with Exodus, the only administrator who was currently online. Neither of us were prepared, and the only two administrators who could help us were out of contact (Kuroshinryu, founder; absent for quite some time, no computer access, ceased to answer his phone after one call | Leam, co-founder (lacking founder powers) and currently lead administrator; asleep and unable to be woken).

The hacking began with a redirect to a Rickroll’d site (http://www.dafk.net/what/), and was originally confined to the home page. Our banner was replaced with the troll face, and our background with the nyan cat, as seen below in a screenshot I took this morning:

In an effort to minimize the damage seen by the members and to temporarily shut down our site to deal with the problem, I advised Exodus to set the site to maintenance mode. By this time he had found the coding to remove the redirect, but by the time he found the way to set the site to maintenance, the hacker had replaced the redirect and moved the coding. We do not, at this time, know where it is. In retrospect, the maintenance was a bad idea because now, it looks like the hacker has removed the administrative powers of the majority of our staff. Leam, Exodus, myself, Rogue, and Toby (our two remaining administrators) all lack powers, and now we can’t see if anything more has been done to our beloved site. Kuroshinryu is still out of reach at this time in spite of all attempts to contact him.

Please, if anyone can help us, we desperately need it. Without our powers, we can’t see what’s going on, much less fix this mess. I don’t know if there’s a way to prove that we’re admins by backdating on the forum, or simply looking at the posts we’ve made to moderate the forum and accept members, but we’re still colored as staff members on the site. The only problem is that none of us have access to the Admin Panel anymore. Not even our alternate accounts.

I really don’t know what to do any more, and this is the last thing our site needed right now. Ever since our founder disappeared for personal reasons, it’s been going through some severe ups and downs and even died for a while. It’s been looking like it might die again with some low activity levels, and if we can’t fix this soon, I’m afraid this might just be the end of all our hard work.

Desperately seeking help,

Chimitsu Zetsumei.

I was recommended by my lead administrator to post this here as well as the two other forums because it spanned multiple categories (especially this one, since none of us can access the Panel anymore) and it would have a bettter chance of being seen. My apologies if this wasn't acceptable >~< We're really scrambling, and apparently I can't PM anyone for help...

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Re: Hacked and Powerless

Post by Legend™ on June 27th 2012, 7:35 pm

You have 3 posts now. You can PM a staff member for support now. I would recoomend just waiting till they tell you to PM them so their PM box doesn't get spammed

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Re: Hacked and Powerless

Post by SLGray on June 27th 2012, 8:01 pm

Please do not start multi-threads about the same thing.

Please use this one - https://help.forumotion.com/t110800-hacked-and-powerless

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