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Forum Weirdness [message #6245] Tue, 28 April 2009 10:35 Go to next message
Anonymous Tuckerspawn
Is anyone else besides mkemp getting spammed? Has anyone besides me found themselves to have new buddies they did not add? Does anyone else have people designated to be ignored whom you have not designated? Is it just me?

I am just trying to figure if I am being hacked, have a virus, or something else. Have you noted anything weird?

Thank you,

Jesi
Re: Forum Weirdness [message #6246] Tue, 28 April 2009 10:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Erin Halfelven  is currently offline Erin Halfelven
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Yes, there have been a few reports of such things. I'm not sure what is happening, but I'm looking into it.

- Erin
Re: Forum Weirdness [message #6248] Wed, 29 April 2009 04:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Brooke  is currently offline Brooke
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Well, I just saw a "Buy Ambien" topic in Future Tuck that claims you posted it.
Re: Forum Weirdness [message #6249] Wed, 29 April 2009 15:04 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Anonymous Tuckerspawn
Me, or Erin? And I can't find it. Has it already been deleted? I have changed my password. I'll see if that helps.

Sorry Erin, Wasn't trying to cause problems for you, I just wanted to see if I was the only one. If I was then it "had" to be on my end.

Jesi
Re: Forum Weirdness [message #6250] Wed, 29 April 2009 18:56 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Erin Halfelven  is currently offline Erin Halfelven
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I think it is some weakness in the FUDforum software I'm using and someone has found an exploit they are using to insert bogus entries into comment streams and other places.

I'll continue looking into it.

- Erin
Re: Forum Weirdness [message #6251] Thu, 30 April 2009 03:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Sounds a bit like what was happening to me last year before Erin changed my username and closed down the one that was being invaded. Anyway, I just checked my account and fortunately it doesn't appear that anything's happening to me now: the buddy, ignore and subscription lists are empty.

Seems like a real shame if it's happening to mkemp; he already had his original alias (MartenKemp) disappear on him a few years back...

Erin, thanks once again for your continuing security efforts and everything else it takes to keep TuckerSpawn going.

Eric
Re: Forum Weirdness [message #6252] Thu, 30 April 2009 03:59 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Erin Halfelven  is currently offline Erin Halfelven
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Nobody's talking about this happening on FUD support sites, so I'm a bit baffled. Maybe some sort of password interceptor invading someone's home machine? The weird thing is that this does look a lot like what was happening to your (Eric's) account a little over a year ago.

There's a new release of FUD out but there is also a update of that new release due soon to fix a few small bugs, so I'm going to wait on upgrading. And I'll keep looking.

We did fix Eric's problem by deleting his old account and giving him a new one but that is so damn drastic!

Hugs,
Erin
Re: Forum Weirdness [message #6256] Wed, 06 May 2009 16:22 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Anonymous Tuckerspawn
I changed passwords and haven't noticed any extra posts or mails. I still have to log in twice, and changes still occur to my buddies and ignore lists. I've officially only added a few buddies, but I have yet to ignore anyone. Yet names still pop up there.

Jesi
Re: Forum Weirdness [message #6262] Sat, 09 May 2009 10:29 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Anonymous Tuckerspawn
The weirdest thing yet: today I accessed the site and found I was already on the site even though I was not yet logged in. I have logged in to post this message. Today I will drop membership and wait a few days before rejoining. I guess I will have to change my name also.

I hate to go to all this bother, but I need better security.

No reflection on you Joyce, you have been great.

Sincerely,

Jesi
Re: Forum Weirdness [message #6263] Sat, 09 May 2009 16:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Jesi wrote on Sat, 09 May 2009 07:29

The weirdest thing yet: today I accessed the site and found I was already on the site even though I was not yet logged in. I have logged in to post this message. Today I will drop membership and wait a few days before rejoining. I guess I will have to change my name also.

I hate to go to all this bother, but I need better security.


Sounds like your computer has been compromised. Or at least your internet connection.

First thing is that if you've got wifi, make sure it's secured so nobody is piggybacking and they can't use a packet sniffer to see what you are doing online.

Next, however you connect, get some heavy duty anti-virus and spyware checks run on your system.
Re: Forum Weirdness [message #6264] Sun, 10 May 2009 06:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Jesi wrote on Sat, 09 May 2009 07:29

The weirdest thing yet: today I accessed the site and found I was already on the site even though I was not yet logged in.

That's how it happens. Assuming it's the same problem that impacted me and an inactive user called JackFrost last year, you're being signed on, probably from somewhere in Eastern Europe, once or twice a day, and nothing that you can change at your end can do anything about it. Each time, your buddy and ignore lists change, and usually the subscription list also. (I turned off cookies, changed passwords, signed on at libraries, even retired my 2000-model computer and put a new one into service -- no help. And I was on dial-up then, so when my computer was off, it was offline.) Erin had to work something out at her end: deleting my username completely and attaching "Eric" to a new one. I haven't had the problem since, and unlike some others, my hundreds of messages didn't get deleted or hidden after the username change.

There's documentation, such as it is, in two threads here: a brief one called "Weird Reset" under Announcements (from April '08), and then a subchain within a thread called "Ellen Asks Opinions: What Now?" in the TuckerSpawn section -- the messages relevant to this begin June 12, 2008, running through June 17.

Eric
Re: Forum Weirdness [message #6265] Mon, 11 May 2009 04:09 Go to previous message
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Eric wrote on Sun, 10 May 2009 03:41

Jesi wrote on Sat, 09 May 2009 07:29

The weirdest thing yet: today I accessed the site and found I was already on the site even though I was not yet logged in.

That's how it happens. Assuming it's the same problem that impacted me and an inactive user called JackFrost last year, you're being signed on, probably from somewhere in Eastern Europe, once or twice a day, and nothing that you can change at your end can do anything about it. Each time, your buddy and ignore lists change, and usually the subscription list also. (I turned off cookies, changed passwords, signed on at libraries, even retired my 2000-model computer and put a new one into service -- no help. And I was on dial-up then, so when my computer was off, it was offline.) Erin had to work something out at her end: deleting my username completely and attaching "Eric" to a new one. I haven't had the problem since, and unlike some others, my hundreds of messages didn't get deleted or hidden after the username change.



That's weird. Just changing your password *should* have made them unable to log in as you. If not, there's something *really* weird in the forum software.
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