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raffy

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PostPosted: Wed 15 Feb 2012, 10:09    Post_subject: Unusual database server load  

There is a reported unusual database server load at puppylinux.org, so am restricting access to the wikka wiki to read-only until the issue is resolved. Thanks for your patience.

There is a security vulnerability report here. And there is a curious referrer below
(don't visit this if you are not sure about the security of your browser)
[URL deleted - too dangerous for everyday browsing.]

On the other hand, was there a recent mention of the Puppy Linux wikka wiki in a popular website?

Your help/comments are welcome.

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PostPosted: Wed 15 Feb 2012, 19:30    Post_subject:  

Did some googling about that message. Looks like Anon hacked the Wikka site and will try to replace it (probably temporarily) with a protest message, if certain government actions do not go the way that they are hoping for (SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, etc.). It appears that they have done and/or plan to do this to a large number of sites, as a response to that legislation -- although it's unclear exactly what they're planning, I wouldn't be surprised if they had a way to bring most of or all of the Internet to a screeching halt with this sort of thing, if their demands are not met.

Personally, although I will go right out and say I am not a member of Anon and I normally don't like what they're doing... this time they have what I would consider a very valid and important point. Were it me (and I understand that it isn't), I'd leave it there in (more or less) silent support. I don't approve of their methods, but I understand why they are there: when the established channels are ineffective... people get creative Wink

It might also be worth pointing out... if they've gotten into that site already... they almost certainly can (and will) re-hack the site if it's reverted.

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PostPosted: Wed 15 Feb 2012, 20:04    Post_subject: Re: Unusual database server load  

raffy wrote:

There is a security vulnerability report here. And there is a curious referrer below
(don't visit this if you are not sure about the security of your browser)
http:xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


Since I'm using a sandboxed browser and am relatively secure, thought I'd post a screenie from that link.

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RSH


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PostPosted: Wed 15 Feb 2012, 21:51    Post_subject:  

What a nice idea!

Hacking supporters sites.

I think most puppy linux users do support anti sopa movements etc.?

What a nice idea!

Some statistics from germany:

In germany a survey found out that 50% of 14 to 29 years old people had already downloaded illegal files from the internet (chip computer magazine, www.bitkom.de). In germany we do have a political party (mainly acting about internet freedom) that is voted mainly by 18 to 29 year old people - so by most exactly those users who had already downloaded illegal stuff from the internet.

In my own experience i can tell, that most people i do know within this (18 to 29 year old illegal download) community are windows users. So, to me there is no surprise about sopa and similar movements.

These guys are digging our graves! Evil or Very Mad

What a nice idea!

Hacking supporters sites.

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PostPosted: Thu 16 Feb 2012, 01:19    Post_subject:  

Newsflash

[06Dec2011] All users are strongly urged to upgrade to Wikka 1.3.2-p7! This version fixes a couple of serious security issues.

[02Oct2011] Announcing the release of Wikka 1.3.2! image
Changelog :: :: Demo (reset every hour on the hour to system defaults)

http://docs.wikkawiki.org/Installing131

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raffy

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PostPosted: Thu 16 Feb 2012, 11:17    Post_subject: wikka URL in the Anon box  

Now I get it - one or two people inserted a wikka URL in the Anon box (see James C's captured image above), and that is sufficient for the wikka to experience page visits by the thousands. Talk about loose cannon (literally).

Now, don't be so naughty and try it. Shocked (I guess you won't, 'coz you won't know what happens to your browser if you visit that site. And I delete the URL now.)

Back to normal at the wikka (hopefully!).

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PostPosted: Thu 12 Apr 2012, 10:04    Post_subject: web hosting account of puppylinux.org suspended
Sub_title: just an hour ago
 

The web hosting account of puppylinux.org was suspended just an hour ago. It looks like there is a suspiciously large number of hits at the wikka. Am working on the problem and hopefully will get netfirm's cooperation.

Update: 2012-04-12 17:00 GMT - After my initial support chat, ticket was marked "resolved" even if the suspended status of the site remained. The second chat resulted to a second promise to resolve the problem. We will see, but I sleep now (1 AM here).

2012-04-12 22:30 GMT - site is OK but the wikka is read-only while being checked for malicious access. [Later] The wikka has resumed normal operation. Thanks for your patience.

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PostPosted: Wed 25 Apr 2012, 04:51    Post_subject:  

The new website design is nice but lacks some easily-accessible screenshots for the new-comers to gaze at to get some nice first (pre-)impression.
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PostPosted: Mon 01 Jul 2013, 22:22    Post_subject: Wikka wiki is down  

Was just advised by the host that the wiki was experiencing unusually high activity.

It is inaccessible for now, but I will try to get it back up in 12 hours.

FYI, thanks.

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PostPosted: Mon 01 Jul 2013, 22:47    Post_subject: Re: Wikka wiki is down  

raffy wrote:
Was just advised by the host that the wiki was experiencing unusually high activity.


One of their folks came to the IRC channel wondering if someone from your website was online.
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PostPosted: Tue 02 Jul 2013, 04:49    Post_subject:  

I just got back from visiting Puppylinux.org and when I clicked on the Wiki link at the top of the page, I got an error 404 page of file not found.
Does that mean the wiki pages are currently un-accessible?
I remember the last time the site was hacked and a lot of good information was lost!
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PostPosted: Tue 02 Jul 2013, 09:35    Post_subject: wiki at drupal  

8-bit wrote:
I remember the last time the site was hacked and a lot of good information was lost!

That was the wiki running in a CMS, and it happened in 2009. We have reverted to wikka wiki since. As to that database, it has been recovered and made available for download by interested forum members (for a limited time, that is).

The wikka wiki is back as of July 2, 2013 1650H UTC.

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PostPosted: Fri 02 Aug 2013, 02:08    Post_subject:  

I empathise with you, raffy...as someone recently commented (01micko..?), it's a jungle out there! As hard as we try to keep our sites secure, there are many whose mission in life seems to be hacking, vandalising, phishing/stealing and who-knows-what-other feral crap Twisted Evil

Tar and feathers sounds good to me....if only we could lay paws on those responsible..

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