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    Default Emergency Maintenance

    Everyone, I'm very sorry for the outage today.

    Our server was hijacked and put into a botnet. Several of the critical system services were replaced with malicious versions leaving me little choice but to reinstall the entire server. But this is why we have backups right? The attacker did not access our database. It seems they just wanted to use our bandwidth.

    If they did access our database, all of our passwords are hashed and salted, though, if you use particularly simple passwords it would be a good idea to change them.

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    Keep honking. I'm reloading Rixxan's Avatar
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    Well, this is why
    1) we have backups
    2) we have a smart and quick-witted webmaster.
    Good Job on fixing it so fast!
    How recipient of a backup was it? (EG How much data was lost?)

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    Messed Up Once Won't Happen Again AOD Member AOD_gofish's Avatar
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    Arch, thanks for your work getting the site back up and running.....on Christmas Eve.

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    The database backup was taken just before I redid the server. We shouldn't have lost any data.

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    Why, you stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder! AOD Member AOD_MatchMaker's Avatar
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    Thanks Archangel for all that you do!
    Uh, we had a slight weapons malfunction, but uh... everything's perfectly all right now. We're fine. We're all fine here now, thank you. How are you?


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    Keep honking. I'm reloading AOD Member AOD_LordVash's Avatar
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    Thanks so much you are an awesome guy putting so much time and effort into this website.
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    Why idea which target they tried to get your server to attack? or were they just looking to spread malware?

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    Damn man. Your name is rather fitting is it not? what with acting as the AOD guardian angel.

    SOMEONE GET THIS MAN THIS SHIRT! http://store-xkcd-com.myshopify.com/products/sysadmin
    ITs origin is this comic http://xkcd.com/705/ with an added illustration on the back, the imagery of which i think encapsulates just how awesome our friend here was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AOD_Mokona512 View Post
    Why idea which target they tried to get your server to attack? or were they just looking to spread malware?
    Our server sits in a data center and can output a couple hundred Mbps of bandwidth. That is much more useful than the people with home TW connections of 768K upload.
    Quote Originally Posted by AOD_Albireo View Post
    Damn man. Your name is rather fitting is it not? what with acting as the AOD guardian angel.

    SOMEONE GET THIS MAN THIS SHIRT! http://store-xkcd-com.myshopify.com/products/sysadmin
    ITs origin is this comic http://xkcd.com/705/ with an added illustration on the back, the imagery of which i think encapsulates just how awesome our friend here was.
    I've always loved that comic :)

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    Thanks so much for saving our a**es again. Happy holidays!

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    So it was being used as part of ddos attacks of specific systems? Or was it just being used to cloud the web center of everything hosted on the same system with irrelevant static? Or am i being overly Paranoid?

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    And Arch pulls us all from the frying pan once again! Huzzah someone get that man a drink of his choice on the house!

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    ^^ Hear Hear! We may be the cannon fodder, but he keeps us supplied.

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    Many thanks.

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    Thank you all for your kind words.

    Quote Originally Posted by AOD_Rixxan View Post
    So it was being used as part of ddos attacks of specific systems? Or was it just being used to cloud the web center of everything hosted on the same system with irrelevant static? Or am i being overly Paranoid?
    To be honest, I didn't wait long enough to find out. Some datacenters are loathe to let you be attacked by a DDoS much less perpetrate one. As soon as I found it I killed it without seeing who it was against.

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    Arch, what kind of attack did they use to exploit the server if you mind my asking (I'd respond via PM). I want to help patch any holes for us considering I've got an internet security background.

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    thanks arch!

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    Coming from a security engineer... great work!

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    I'm here to kill Russians. And cheesecake. AOD Member AOD_Kharior's Avatar
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    Well done!!!
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    Excellent work!


 
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