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Offline HAL

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Attack Countermeasures Added
« on: February 15, 2011, 02:27:21 PM »
I have just installed a new Mod that will not reveal any member names to the Bots on the boards (except the most recent registered member) when not logged in, in other words a guest or bot will see

HIDDEN

as the member name of all members in all threads and boards. Since the Mod didn't affect the most recent posts and the most respected post list, I also had to remove them from the main page. All this is a minor inconvenience to protect against this attack, since the bots are trying members names that they can read. This will remain in place for some time, until we determine that the attack is stopped.

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Re: Attack Countermeasures Added
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2011, 02:51:02 PM »
Is the staff under attack as well?
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Re: Attack Countermeasures Added
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2011, 02:53:09 PM »
^ I haven't been paid yet.  No health insurance... HAL runs a tight business!
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Re: Attack Countermeasures Added
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2011, 07:30:20 AM »
What attack? How/why do bots attack?

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Re: Attack Countermeasures Added
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2011, 08:05:34 AM »
Huzzah! It seems to work - I haven't been logged out for a while. Top Job Hal!
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Re: Attack Countermeasures Added
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2011, 08:12:46 AM »
What attack? How/why do bots attack?

Grab a username, test random (or not) passwords until they figure it out
I think
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Re: Attack Countermeasures Added
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2011, 10:43:38 PM »
So can anyone actually register with the name "HIDDEN" because of this now?

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Re: Attack Countermeasures Added
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2011, 03:55:55 AM »
So can anyone actually register with the name "HIDDEN" because of this now?

funny +1   :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
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Re: Attack Countermeasures Added
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2011, 04:08:02 PM »
I have obtained a Mod that has blocked all the attempted bot log-ins. I am returning all the forum settings back to normal.