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Solved Account Hacked Again

Post by Raven14 Wed Sep 18, 2019 5:24 am

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Forum version : #phpBB2
Position : Founder
Concerned browser(s) : Google Chrome
Who the problem concerns : Yourself
When the problem appeared : This evening at 8:45 Central Time
Forum link : http://taggersgonemad.forumotion.com/

Description of problem

My user account has been compromised again. I was at my forum for most of the day and evening. I logged out for one hour or less, but when I came back to sign in, I was given the message that my user name or password was incorrect.

I know that I used the very same username and password that I had used this morning.

I changed my email address last week and the verification code here at Forumotion said my email was the "old" email that I changed a week ago.

I am locked out of my account and worried that my forums will be ripped apart after I've worked an entire week on setting the permissions and trying to get members adjusted as normal.

I don't know if I need to have a brand new user ID or what. Please help and I apologize if I didn't post in the correct spot. It seems each time I post about a problem here, I do something wrong.

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Post by skouliki Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:14 am

hi

please clear your browser cookies and retry
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Post by Ape Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:14 am

Hello are you the founder of the forum ?

If yes can i ask if you have your Email address posted on your forum?

When i say posted on your forum i mean do you give this email address out to anyone on your site or anyone outside of the site?

We advice you never use the email address for anything other then your forums and if you send a news letter out use the FM address in your ACP not your own one.

It's never safe to give your email address out that is used on your forum.



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Post by Raven14 Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:13 pm

APE wrote:Hello are you the founder of the forum ?

If yes can i ask if you have your Email address posted on your forum?

When i say posted on your forum i mean do you give this email address out to anyone on your site or anyone outside of the site?

We advice you never use the email address for anything other then your forums and if you send a news letter out use the FM address in your ACP not your own one.

It's never safe to give your email address out that is used on your forum.


Yes I am the founder/Owner. I don't think my email shows at my forum. I changed my email last week because someone had hacked my account before and changed my settings to member and taken control of my forum.

I did use my email that is on my main source which is my iPhone when I changed my email last week. I also changed my password again because I'm afraid of the person who hacked me the first time will do the same again and it looks like it has happened again just yesterday evening.

I did clear the cookies and history from my browser as suggested, but that is done upon sign out, automatically.

I am thinking that I may need to change my user ID, but I don't want to lose my post count or the points that I've accumulated over the past years.

I just don't know what to do.

This is the message that I receive while trying to login. I have tried to login using both my computer and phone, but get the same message. I know that my password is correct and I have had the same user name for years.

You have specified an incorrect or inactive username, or an invalid password.

Click here to try again

Click here to return to the Index

Thank you
Cin S
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Post by SLGray Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:21 pm

Changing your username does not affect post and point counts.


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Post by Ape Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:26 pm

Thanks for telling me all that info.

I could ask for your Email address and password to be changed our end if you like.

If you would like this done please PM me the following info.
1, Email address used for your founders account:
2, Forum link:
3, Username (Founders) :
4, NEW email address NEVER used on any forum before:
5, Link to this thread:


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Post by Raven14 Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:32 pm

APE wrote:Thanks for telling me all that info.

I could ask for your Email address and password to be changed our end if you like.

If you would like this done please PM me the following info.
1, Email address used for your founders account:
2, Forum link:
3, Username (Founders) :
4, NEW email address NEVER used on any forum before:
5, Link to this thread:

I will send you the info in a PM.

I do want to mention that one of the other members can't sign in either. Could there possibly be an issue with one of the servers? I had another member who could not sign in yesterday. My problem did not begin until yesterday evening.

Someone has to be hacking my account. I say this because a member messaged me just a few moments ago, at Messenger, and told me that she received a message yesterday that the group has reopened. I did not send the message and the few members who are there, know that I want to wait until I redo the forums which will take only a few days.

I will send the Info you need. Thank you.
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Post by SLGray Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:44 pm

Do you have other administrators with access to the AP?


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Post by Raven14 Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:45 pm

SLGray wrote:Do you have other administrators with access to the AP?

No, I do not. I'm it.
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Post by SLGray Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:48 pm

Are you using your browser (saved password and username) to login?  If yes, please try manually entering your password and username.


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Post by Raven14 Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:50 pm

SLGray wrote:Are you using your browser (saved password and username) to login?  If yes, please try manually entering your password and username.


While on my phone, I use fingerprint ID. While on the pc, I copy/paste. I'll try manually typing in my last pw that I created to see if that will allow access. I will update this post to let you know after I've tried.

Update: I tried name and pw, but still locked out and receiving the very same message.
Is there any way you guys could set up a new password on your end to allow access. I've tried everything. I've been locked out for almost 24 hours.
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Post by SLGray Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:08 am

Have you sent any information to APE by PM?


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Post by Raven14 Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:13 am

SLGray wrote:Have you sent any information to APE by PM?


Yes, I did, but I haven't heard back from him. I'm hoping that I can get this resolved without losing posts and points.

I do want to tell you something that I've noticed today. My portal needed work on one of the scrolls between the two videos. I have not had time to fix that problem, but today when I looked at my Portal page, the scroll was placed where it should be. I honestly think someone is hacking my account and changing the password so that I cannot enter. It has to be someone who understands the codes. If I can just gain access to the AP again, I could contact my members and start a new group under a new name and maybe this person, whoever he/she is, would leave me be.
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Post by SLGray Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:21 am

Try using this to directly connect to your AP:  https://www.forumotion.com/utils


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Post by Raven14 Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:27 am

SLGray wrote:Try using this to directly connect to your AP:  https://www.forumotion.com/utils

I have tried, but can't get the password or email address correct.
Is the pw the founder's pw? That is the one that I'm using.


Update: I tried again and entered a new password. The next screen brought up an "edit complete," but an old email address. I can still use the old one for now, even though I changed that old to a new email a few days ago.
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Post by SLGray Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:41 am

Can you connect to the forum's AP?


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Post by Raven14 Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:28 am

SLGray wrote:Can you connect to the forum's AP?

I haven't tried. Do I use the same information that I typed in the forum here? And do I type it straight into the user and ps information at my group?

Update: It doesn't work. I get the same message. I can't even register a new account, yet it shows the new user account at the bottom as being New Member. I could never sign in with that name.

Here is the message I keep getting over and over with everything I've tried...

You have specified an incorrect or inactive username, or an invalid password.

Click here to try again

Click here to return to the Index
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Post by SLGray Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:49 am

Since reading your PM, please let us discuss this by PM's.


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Post by Raven14 Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:51 am

SLGray wrote:Since reading your PM, please let us discuss this by PM's.

That is fine.
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Post by SLGray Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:18 am

@APE
I am handling this by PM's.


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Post by Raven14 Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:03 pm

Update: I am still locked out of my forum. It has been well over 24 hours since I've had access.
There are two other members of my group having the same issue. They cannot sign in.

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Post by skouliki Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:10 pm

do you type your username and password or it is saved and you try to log in automatically?
can you try to log in with a different browser
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Post by Raven14 Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:13 pm

skouliki wrote:do you type your username and password or it is saved and you try to log in automatically?
can you try to log in with a different browser


I have username and pw on iPhone and use fingerprint and on computer I've tried typing it in as well as pasting.
I have just downloaded a new browser and going to try the browser, but it is installing atm.
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Post by SLGray Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:15 pm

Ok.  We will wait for your reply.


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Post by Raven14 Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:42 pm

SLGray wrote:Ok.  We will wait for your reply.


No Luck. Getting the very same message I showed to you last night.
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Post by skouliki Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:55 pm

You are sure you do it correctly?
Maybe caps on

Your forum has no weird activity
My personal feeling is that this is not a hack situation
Did you put your forum in a holiday mode?
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Post by SLGray Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:59 pm

Try this:  Turn off the feature in your browser that saves your login information and then try logging in.


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Post by Raven14 Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:17 pm

SLGray wrote:Try this:  Turn off the feature in your browser that saves your login information and then try logging in.

I've tried that as well as saving the information.
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Post by SLGray Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:22 pm

No, I mean turning it off and then try logging in.


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Post by SLGray Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:19 pm

Issue solved by PM.
Problem solved & topic archived.
Please read our forum rules:  ESF General Rules


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