I am registered at a programming forum. When I went there earlier today,
I got a screen with a red devil face and a messages:
(may not be exact)
"owned by federal and DZ27"
Apparently it's been hacked. I don't know if there is any additional dangers like viruses associated
with the hack, so I haven't been back there and would rather not name the forum for the same reason.
Bing.com turns up some general information, but nothing specific to this particular attack,
Anyone ever seen or heard of such a thing?
Whatever personal information you've given that site is probably in somebody's hands now that you'd just as soon not have it. If you use the same user ID & password at any other sites, I'd recommend changing them ASAP.
Heard about it this AM.
That's unfortunate, but kinda ironic.
I use the same user name for all forums. I already changed the passwords, but names don't
seem to be easy to change.
that might be used maliciously. If it sounds at all suspicious, that will pretty much end the
Changing passwords is always wise.
These kind of attacks don't always take the data tho. It's also possible that it wasn't a targeted attack, sometimes bits can be used and attack common site weaknesses at random.
I think attacks like this don't usually steal anything. They do it just to cause a headache for the people who own the website.
One thing to watch out for is the usage of the server. I used to be a staff member of a site that had over 100K users in its forum. We had a so-called "security expert" who was not bright enough to have a strong password for root access to the site. Some hackers from Turkey were able to crack it and get full access to the site. They installed some apps that just chewed up the bandwidth to the point that our monthly hosting bill was enormous. When it was finally figured out the plug was pulled on the server. That was after the gigantic hosting bill was received. The truly tragic thing was the hosting company was not backing up the data like they were being paid to and this resulted in over a decade of forum data being lost.
Morals of the story are a) always have a very strong password for access to all server functions, b) check with your hosting company to see if they can reset your password for you, and c) check your bandwidth usage and see if any applications have been installed.
Probably just typical tomfoolery. People who fancy themselves blackhats will form alliances, and if one says something about another, this type of thing happens as a form of posturing. Or some bored people trying to keep their skills sharp. Most likely just a "haha, look what I can do!"
Not that I wouldn't look out for more. Any access can be quite malicious. I say all the time that I'm amazed how much faith we have in the security of anything connected to a network. It can all be hacked. Every single thing on the planet, in my opinion.
But in this case, probably just fooling around.
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