Serious Compacts Hacked

Discussion in 'Help and Feedback' started by Amin Sabet, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    The SeriousCompacts.com forum security was today breached by a hacker who was able to gain access to the forum software administrator control panel. As far as we can tell, the hacker's purpose was simply to prove their own capability in hacking as there was no stated grievance.

    I am not aware of any breach of our database, member emails, or passwords. However, anyone who has setup an account here at SeriousCompacts.com is encouraged to change their password both on this site and also on any other website that uses an identical or similar password.

    I apologize for this breach of security and will continue to do my best to prevent things like this from happening. For now, the site will remain closed to new registrations while we are addressing these issues.
     
  2. marlof

    marlof Trying to focus

    Dec 25, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Marlof
    Thanks for the heads up. Perhaps it's related, but I can't seem to edit my posts anymore. If I click edit post, the site keeps me in a holding pattern.
     
  3. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    Thanks for the heads up, and all the hard work you put into building and maintaining this wonderful place :smile:

    I've experienced the same issue as marlof, by the way... [edit] but now I can edit without problems :smile:
     
  4. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    I noticed the editing issue also. Don't know yet whether it is related or not.
     
  5. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants SC All-Pro

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
    Oh, he was such fun. He was trying to strike some kind of fear, and all we did was accuse him of sexual inadequacy. What a hoot.
     
  6. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    Hacked? Really?? Didn't notice :p
     
  7. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Chris
    I'm Spartacus!
     
  8. zapatista

    zapatista SC Regular

    132
    Jul 28, 2012
    Denver, Colorado
    Mike
    Amin,

    You have been selected the winner of an unclaimed lautery prise in the amount of $32 million ($32.000.000) USD. Please forward your bank account information to claim the prize...

    Sorry couldn't resist...
     
  9. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    While I appreciate quick wit and wacky taunts, I think it is best when people see what they believe to be malicious posts that they report the posts and refrain from taunting. These things can very quickly turn personal and you never know if you're dealing with a lucky (sophisticated) 12 year old or a skilled nutjob with bombs strapped to his chest. We all feel safe behind our keyboards, but a whacked out hacker could arrive on the doorstep of nearly anyone here with a few keystrokes.

    I am Spartacus (too). And I'm off to change some more passwords.
     
  10. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    If you make it part of the TOS here, then I'll abide by it, but I'm not giving into intimidation. "If you stop shopping, then the terrorists have won" or something like that. ;)
     
  11. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    I'm having the same problems editing old posts as well.
     
  12. stratokaster

    stratokaster SC Top Veteran

    886
    Dec 27, 2010
    Kiev, Ukraine
    Pavel
    Amin, I think it's a good idea to elevate one of the current moderators to the co-admin status. If the co-admin you choose is usually active in different hours than you, he'll be able to react more swiftly to such events in case you're unavailable.
     
  13. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Chris
    Ever since our R3D spearing, I can't seem to quote any post - it just hangs. Tried with 2 different 'puters, IE & FF.
     
  14. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    many functions are limited. That's life after haxoreding
     
  15. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Chris
    Well, the good news is I was just able to edit my previous post... :smile:
     
  16. donlaw

    donlaw SC All-Pro

    Sep 14, 2012
    Texas
    Don
    Amin,
    Thanks for the notice. I think it wise to take your advice on passwords.
     
  17. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Thanks, done. Also changed email address, though that was probably unnecessary... he wont get into that account, i have a 26 random character password on it (its been compromised in the past by situations like this, on other forums)
     
  18. teacat

    teacat SC Regular

    67
    Jul 27, 2013
    Melbourne, Australia
    Maggie
    I can't post photos or edit, guys and gals...
     
  19. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    These things are never pleasant. Humour is a coping mechanism. But Luke is spot on. Aggravating the recidivist may make the situation worse.

    Report any anomaly. We are here to deal with these things. Mostly it's the cleanup of spam, but we live in a virtual world and things like this will happen more and more. If in doubt, report. We would rather investigate a false alarm than have these things happen.

    Sent from another Galaxy