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What Happend to the Forums?!?!

#1 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Tue Mar 15, 2005 11:23 am

What happend?

Last night, on March 14th, our wonderful community forum has been hacked and destoryed. :(

The most horrible news is that all messages (public, private and inbox) has been lost. Even though we had backed up all the messages on a regular basis, the hacker deleted the message database so we could not restore the messages. I am EXTREMELY sorry and upset that all your messages have been lost. Also you will have to upload your avatars again.

We do have some good news... The Photo Albums were not touched, I just have to get them back online again. Also your member information (log in, number of posts, profile) is all there still.

This is almost the worst thing that could have happend to our community. I and the members of this community call upon YOUR HELP to restore our wonderful friendly, useful and helpful community. Please help by reposting/posting messages that were lost you felt were valuable to our community.

Spread the word and help us rebuild. We need everyones help.

Thank you for making our community forum such a great place to come and keep coming back to.

I am confident that the community will pull together and do everything they can to bring back the community. :D

The forum has been upgrade to incorporate the latest in software and security to prevent this from happening again anytime soon.

The internet is a wonderful place filled with great people, unfortunately there will always be those who wish to destory and do others harm.

Have a great day and thank you for helping to rebuild the Total Motorcycle community to be even bigger and better than ever before!!

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#2 Unread post by Scott58 » Tue Mar 15, 2005 11:25 am

Lets get the ball rolling again.
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#3 Unread post by scan » Tue Mar 15, 2005 11:26 am

Thanks Mike!

Sorry we had to go through this, but I think we'll get things back in order.
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#4 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Tue Mar 15, 2005 11:29 am

Thank you for your help and support. I and the whole community REALLY apprecaite your efforts.

Thank you from my heart.

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#5 Unread post by JCS » Tue Mar 15, 2005 11:36 am

Any chance at all of locating the hackers and taking legal action?
I would be the old, slow guy. Just let me know where you are going and I'll try to get there before you leave.

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#6 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Tue Mar 15, 2005 11:49 am

JCS wrote:Any chance at all of locating the hackers and taking legal action?
All we know is what they left "Mr. 1337" behind. :(

So if Mr. 1337 is reading this post, I don't know why you choose our community to destory, but you hurt a lot of great people (is this community) with your actions. Mr. 1337, please make our community the last one you destory and start using your programing skills for productive uses and the positive advancement of the internet.

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#7 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Tue Mar 15, 2005 11:50 am

UPDATE #1: I have fixed the avatar issue. You do not have to again upload your avatars as they are (all) there.

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#8 Unread post by Noel » Tue Mar 15, 2005 12:02 pm

I haven't been to this site for 3 months - been too buisy riding.
Not to offend but I think that the info being attacked and savataged is a conspiracy and that there was not enough room to store all the posts and a clean slate in the memory banks was needed for the survival of the total motorcyle forums. In any case I'm a bit excited as this is a new start and I'm just excited for some reason. Please don't be offended by this post - it was just on my mind in my working memory/fontal lobe/whatever and I type what is on my mind.
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#9 Unread post by MASHBY » Tue Mar 15, 2005 12:09 pm

It is a great shame that this happened.But like the phoenix we will rise up out of the Ashes and go on to be bigger and better than before.

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#10 Unread post by Noel » Tue Mar 15, 2005 12:34 pm

Mashby.....I remeber that name - it's all coming back to me like it was yesterday when I was a frequenter of this site.
It's true that this site will grow stronger now. "We", were hit by a cruise missle that was pin point targeted by a planted targeting device. Anyway this was a war - and war serves to make people rebuild and makes economies stronger and grow. Maybe that's why Beorge Rush set war upon Iraq or why other countries have waged war - so as to conquer and expand their empires - use the force Luke. War equlas rebuilding and therefore better, newer buildings and a newer total motorcyle forum.
Mashby sounds like the name of a fluffy toy you win from a machine.
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#11 Unread post by sunshine229 » Tue Mar 15, 2005 12:34 pm

Noel wrote:I haven't been to this site for 3 months - been too buisy riding.
Not to offend but I think that the info being attacked and savataged is a conspiracy and that there was not enough room to store all the posts and a clean slate in the memory banks was needed for the survival of the total motorcyle forums. In any case I'm a bit excited as this is a new start and I'm just excited for some reason. Please don't be offended by this post - it was just on my mind in my working memory/fontal lobe/whatever and I type what is on my mind.
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I also hope not to offend... As the wife of Mike (TotalMotorcycle), I think I have the ranking to respond to this and say that what you have suggested is not correct. We have a very strong relationship with our web hoster and have continued to BUY hard drive & bandwidth to keep up with the demand. Even though we have to spend lots of $$$ every month to build our resources, the site still costs nothing for you to use and enjoy.

Last night we returned to the computer after dinner to find the horrible situation. We know for a fact that it was hackers that did this, because of the changes that occurred. Not only did they delete all the posts and forums, but they also uploaded a different version of the phpBB software. This would not have been at all possible if the site just got too big.

I hope this settles any doubt. Please continue to enjoy the community as we all work hard to build it up again. And thanks Noel for returning, even after such a long absence!! That proves to us that we have a community worth being a part of.

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#12 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Tue Mar 15, 2005 12:43 pm

Noel - You are totally correct in standing up and saying that this is a GREAT opportunity for rebirth, rebuilding and therefore better, newer buildings and a newer total motorcyle forum. :D

For the first time since last night, you have made me SMILE. :D

Thank you very very much.

Now I'm back to getting the photo galleries up again...

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#13 Unread post by Skier » Tue Mar 15, 2005 1:26 pm

Doh, I was worried this was what happened. There has been a rash of attacks on boards running this software (another forum I frequent was attacked no less than twice).

Looks like it's time to break out with some good ol' fashioned mass-postings.
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#14 Unread post by Sandman » Tue Mar 15, 2005 1:31 pm

Yeah, my board was attacked also. I was able to restore the database from backups and fix all the holes.

I have an .htaccess file that you might be interested in. It disallows the current hacking commands so that any current attacks are stopped before they are started. PM me if interested.

I havnt been over here ofr a bit and this place has grown! 8)
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#15 Unread post by greensthings » Tue Mar 15, 2005 1:39 pm

I was a new member just before the site was hacked, and I just got the email letting me know what happened!
Just to let you know, I am here, and I am ready to help do my part in posting to rebuild!

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#16 Unread post by jewfzr » Tue Mar 15, 2005 1:43 pm

This gets me so angry, really hurtful crime. Glad to see everything is back up and running. Thanks for everything you do here at total.
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#17 Unread post by Skier » Tue Mar 15, 2005 1:46 pm

Does totalmotorcycle.com's provider have any backups?
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#18 Unread post by yoviher » Tue Mar 15, 2005 2:06 pm

Lordy... When I received the email I came back here running like mad... is there anything we can do to help?

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#19 Unread post by MASHBY » Tue Mar 15, 2005 2:16 pm

Noel wrote:Mashby sounds like the name of a fluffy toy you win from a machine.
LOL Just a name I had since I was young those that know the real me know what it stands for and its quite boring realy.
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#20 Unread post by trader4less » Tue Mar 15, 2005 2:53 pm

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