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Post by smurfavr October 15th 2019, 8:59 pm

@SLGray @APE A user on my forum reported that he had come across information on the internet that a user named NightBoy was hacking ads.txt on bulgarianforum. I ask some of the team to say why?

https://pastebin.com/u/NightBoy
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Solved Re: Hack ads.txt on bulgarianforum.net

Post by brandon_g October 15th 2019, 11:02 pm

Hello,

It's not a hack. The ads.txt file is public. All you got to do is add /ads.txt to the forum url and it comes up.

For example: https://help.forumotion.com/ads.txt

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Post by SLGray October 15th 2019, 11:38 pm

What exactly do you mean by hack?


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Post by smurfavr October 16th 2019, 1:08 pm

SLGray wrote:What exactly do you mean by hack?
Compromising a site by an outside person.


brandon_g wrote:Hello,

It's not a hack. The ads.txt file is public. All you got to do is add /ads.txt to the forum url and it comes up.

For example: https://help.forumotion.com/ads.txt

-Brandon

Are you sure this is not a problem and is there no external interference to my site?
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Solved Re: Hack ads.txt on bulgarianforum.net

Post by brandon_g October 16th 2019, 3:32 pm

Yes I am sure, the ads.txt file is public and anyone can access it if they know how.

Look here is your ads.txt (again all I did was at ads.txt to the end of your url... No hacking required): http://smurfa.bulgarianforum.net/ads.txt

Your forum and everyone's elses is fine, that person is just trying to scare people by adding the word hacked to something that anyone can access publicly in a few taps of the keyboard.

If you want to... You can actually test this yourself. Just add /ads.txt after whatever forum you want and you will see.

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Solved Re: Hack ads.txt on bulgarianforum.net

Post by The Godfather October 16th 2019, 4:02 pm

Hello,

The link /ads.txt is a text file and is accessible for all users and bots. It is present on all Forumotion forums and on the root domains (https://www.bulgarianforum.net/ads.txt).

- https://www.tumblr.com/ads.txt
- https://www.reddit.com/ads.txt
- ...

For example, here is the documentation of the ads.txt for users who would display Adsense banners: https://support.google.com/adsense/answer/7532444?hl=en.

Your member only reported the links on the website Pastebin? No other information? We don't have more details regarding the reason of the copy and paste of the ads.txt file on Pastebin.
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Solved Re: Hack ads.txt on bulgarianforum.net

Post by smurfavr October 17th 2019, 3:04 pm

The Godfather wrote:
Your member only reported the links on the website Pastebin? No other information? We don't have more details regarding the reason of the copy and paste of the ads.txt file on Pastebin.

No other information.


Thank you all for the info.
Solved.
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Solved Re: Hack ads.txt on bulgarianforum.net

Post by skouliki October 17th 2019, 3:12 pm

Problem solved & topic archived.
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