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Re: IMPORTANT: Account Security Announcement

Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:50 pm
by Sun Fin
It seems pointless to hack normal memebers, they might as well just make a new account!

Re: IMPORTANT: Account Security Announcement

Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 6:12 pm
by James
Sun Fin wrote:It seems pointless to hack normal memebers, they might as well just make a new account!

Not necessarily. They could hack member accounts and insert links to websites into their profiles or signatures. Even if we could catch it, it could be hard to clean that up accurately. They could also use established member accounts to post spam. There are plenty of reasons to compromise a member account...

Re: IMPORTANT: Account Security Announcement

Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:05 pm
by vvill79
Logged out and back in and also got the maxed login attempts message. I'd imagine most currently active users would have this.

Re: IMPORTANT: Account Security Announcement

Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:13 pm
by James
vvill79 wrote:Logged out and back in and also got the maxed login attempts message. I'd imagine most currently active users would have this.

I wouldn't be terribly surprised if it (whatever it is) applies to every member of the forum.

Re: IMPORTANT: Account Security Announcement

Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:23 pm
by Adam
Had the same thing pop up when I tested IE8 a bit ago...it only really irritates me because I -never- get the captcha right and I don't know my password off the top of my head...luckily I'm set to stay logged in in Chrome.

Re: IMPORTANT: Account Security Announcement

Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:41 pm
by TooMuchBaijiu
My antivirus blocked a "malicious image request" from this site. Came out of nowhere-didn't click a link or anything. The attacking computer was 216.172.172.222 and the attacking URL was the-scholars.com/download/file.php?avatar=33_1324594353.jpg

Hope that helps.

Re: IMPORTANT: Account Security Announcement

Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:32 pm
by James
I removed the offending image from the forum and informed the user (someone who has been around quite a bit off and on through the years, Zhang Liao17). I suspect that was a false alarm (especially if you are using AVG), but better safe than sorry.

Re: IMPORTANT: Account Security Announcement

Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:36 am
by TooMuchBaijiu
Norton, actually. Though yes, it does act like President Madagascar a lot (SHUT DOWN EVERYTHING).

Re: IMPORTANT: Account Security Announcement

Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:15 am
by SunXia
Never getting Norton or McAfee again, the two of them are OTT on every website!!

Re: IMPORTANT: Account Security Announcement

Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:21 pm
by James
SunXia wrote:Never getting Norton or McAfee again, the two of them are OTT on every website!!

Probably seeing false matches for some of the ancient stuff in their virus databases. Almost all reports that come in to my websites are from AVG, though. Norton's failings are more along the lines of not stopping the things which are trying to infect a computer and almost bloating and slowing the computer like a virus itself (it was pretty bad-ass back in 2002), while McAfee is just similar in not stopping so many of the threats that come along. :)