I'm just glad, that we're back! Many thanks to Matt and his colleagues for fixing this impudent attack on our beloved WM-Forum.
Coming from the world of religion myself, I know how mad some people may get over issues of religion. But this stupid attack of 02/18 was another sign of malicious abuse of religion for criminal or just personal and selfish reasons.
I have some Muslim friends myself and got into the study of Muslim Religion and Philosophy in Philly back in the 80's - I'm still filled with awe and respect for their (and our common) cultural achievements.
The more I'm angry and furious about this kind of selfrighteousness and violence. If this wasn't just a dull camouflage of an ordinary hacker attack...
You'll notice a different look to the forums these days...that's because Matt rushed in and installed the latest hacker-protected upgrades to the forum software. Great response, Matt!!!
Mature people build things; two-year-olds knock things down.
Now...if you guys think I'm going to congratulate you again....
I was busy writing an essay on Sunday and really needed some distraction. and lo and behold, no forum. Thanks for getting it going again.
I also agree with the thought above, It is unlikely it was religiously motivated and I feel it is an even poorer reflection on the cowards who did this to try and divert attention elsewhere. Like the quote MrTattieHeid
However I know many a grown man who likes to knock things down, Me included, all for fun though.
I agree with all of the above and hope that it won't happen again.
Keep up the good work guys...you're all terrific and a great source of inspiration!!
"So glad that you have the forum up and running again. Looks better with the new facelift you've given it. Wish I'd been able to do something on Feb 18 at 12:18 other than send an email.
Maybe Bernie could arrange a plague of locusts on the guilty parties."
Bruce said it well:
"Mature people build things; two-year-olds knock things down."
It was frustrating to watch the forums drop like dominoes and be unable to stop what was going on. I doubt the immature little borderline personality realises that his actions are not to be considered praiseworthy. Musky P.
I was sitting in front of my computer at around 1900 local time in Sweden on the evening of the 18th which is around 1800 U.K. time as one forum index after the other disapeared in fron of my eyes. I was writing an answer which I saved in my own library cos it was rejected as I was about to submit it. So if you start at around 1800 I think that will save you some time. I am quite sure nobody else was logged in at the time.
Hopes this will help a little.
Got all the logs and IP addresses involved. It was a 'script kiddie' style hack that takes no skill or knowledge. They just download a script from a web site run it and login as an Administrator. The forum software had some major bugs in it (and I should have upgraded sometime ago).
Something to do with an Italian charms web site who regularly hack forums and place hidden links to their dodgy shop online. I emailed their network provider, hosting provider, Google and CERT. Haven't had a reply from anyone yet....
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