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Well, as long as I had to spend the *entire day* recovering and re-installing the forum, I decided to fix it up a bit. Turns out the original and subsequent hackings were the result of a non-secure calendar script we were using.
Yesterday, a Malaysian hacker opened a port and uploaded hundreds of MB of files to Gotmead, maxxing us out. He even placed a pirated copy of the new Exorcist movie on the site! Too bad I have a crappy dial up connection, or I might have checked it out. As it is, I deleted all the unauthorized files, removed the calendar script, and upgraded the forum and added a few hacks I found to expand it a bit.
Glad you like the changes!
Vicky - tired after battling the forces of hacking until 1 am and getting up at 5:30
Y'know, wouldn't it be fab if you could set traps for them? So that if they broke in, a destructive virus would be installed on *their* system, and wipe it for them.
Meanwhile, I'm boning up on security, and I'll be *much* more careful about what scripts I use in the future. For the record, the calendar I was using was Calendarscript. Apparently its been causing all sorts of problems, or so I hear from my hosting contractor.
Vicky - tired, but victorious over the Forces of Evil (for the moment)
I just went through that last week with one of my clients Vicky. Nothing more frustrating than chasing down an open door, and then whacking a few Gb of porno, games, virus files and about 200 directories.
Knock on wood, so far my clients haven't had a problem with this, although I suppose its only a matter of time. However, when I moved to this host, I replaced all their .cgi mailers with a new more secure script, and most of them don't use a lot of scripts on their sites.