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Site was down!

JonPurpleHaze

Site Nudger
Staff member
Pinball Nirvana was down for 2 damned weeks due to a hacker!
Sorry about this everyone!
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Files were removed from the server and I didn't have a complete current backup, had to merge several different backups, I'm still working on stuff but any custom avatars, signature pics and album additions added since approximately 1/29 are gone and the user will need to re-upload them.

We lost 1 download from GaBRi (The Matrix) and I will contact them, the others since 1/29 have been restored, any attachments uploaded to the forums were restored. Have some current problems with missing screenshots from Tii in the downloads area but these need to be removed and reuploaded as a file (links cause some problems) anyway, I'll contact him.

It took over 2 and a half days just to upload all of the files!
Kindly post about any problems that you discover and accept my apologies.

Jon
 

sleepy

Pinball Wizard
Site Supporters
And what an interesting journey it has been.
The hacker may have ripped the member e-mail list.
I received a spam offering me a webpage by the username sleepy,
and the message title was the same as the previous hack several months ago,
so I can't be sure if this was due to the current vandalism.
The title was "Hello dear, good news!", same as the spam I received several months ago. A Unique Title.

The spam was crossed linked by a hack of the emuforums.com site and and was sent from their admin@crowdgather host. Crowdgather is a California based host. I felt safe in contacting them and sent them the spam reprint with full headers.

The link which offered me my own webpage was instead a 'make money' spam site, but the interesting thing is that the URL was http://howtoregister.lakeheadu.ca/rss.IamSleepy.html

It was a hack of a University website (Lakehead University: Canada) that either inserted a page using the /rss/ subpath, else the /rss/ sub was a (javascript) redirect hack to an offsite 'make money' page.
This exploit with the same URL sans Sleepy was reported elsewhere at hacker watch sites and has since been removed from the university site.
 
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sleepy

Pinball Wizard
Site Supporters
These are some of the screenshots for Tii's tables. Don't know what to do about the table links though. MyBad!
 

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Isaac Sauvage

Meep!
Site Supporters
Consultant
hmm, the site seemed to be mostly down the past 12hours or so, although evidently not for all peoples?

anyway, just wanted to post this link that you might want to add to your records in case of future outage. it would be a place to regroup and try to figure out the issue.
 

shiva

Administrator
Staff member
Site Supporters
Was down for me, but only 6 hours. Tells me there was a routing issue getting to the server and not the server itself. A quick look tells me everything was fine. Guess it was extra scary considering GoPinball finally went down as well today.
 

xenonph

I have Pinball Dementia!!
Staff member
Site Supporters
Same here...
Sometimes the page would not load and I got this message..
Other times, just the chat box loaded, and nothing else.
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Isaac Sauvage

Meep!
Site Supporters
Consultant
Same here, and incidentally, earlier I got the same error type (503) trying to use The Wayback Machine to bring up the product link in this old thread. So it does seem like some regional stuff going on. Or something.
 
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