URGENT NOTICE

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Postby CakeBoy » Wed Jul 18, 2007 11:17 am

Sunnyfield wrote:CakeBoy, the ActiveX control is both on the link AND TMC! I feel quite stupid installing it, but I thought it was genuine. :oops:

I use Norton 360 (Symantec). The AV programme is supposed to be user-friendly, so all warnings are hidden from the user. I have no idea if it was removed. I will do some testing tonight.

Can somebody post a link to a virus database with the virus description, please?


The trojan is 'downloader' I believe, details of which are here. You can access a removal tool here, and free online scans of your computer to ensure it is no longer present can be found here and here. Let me know if you get stuck.
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Postby phil » Wed Jul 18, 2007 12:58 pm

Hey - my patch has made it into the PNphpBB2 trunk! Fame! :shock:
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Postby lukas » Wed Jul 18, 2007 1:06 pm

Great feeling, eh? :)
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Postby wvb » Wed Jul 18, 2007 3:33 pm

great work Phil!
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RE: URGENT NOTICE

Postby cagneyman » Wed Jul 18, 2007 4:33 pm

Just wanted to say well I think our Admin Bods did in containing this attack. Well Done!! :) :) :)
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And to the B@?)%rds who hacked us, all I can say is: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:
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Postby Niko » Wed Jul 18, 2007 4:42 pm

phil wrote:Hey - my patch has made it into the PNphpBB2 trunk! Fame! :shock:
You guys rock!
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Postby phil » Wed Jul 18, 2007 4:46 pm

Not as much as I would have liked! :roll:

I'm going to be back to having a day job soon so I'd better get my nocturnal habits under control. :lol:
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RE: URGENT NOTICE

Postby Captain_Crema » Wed Jul 18, 2007 5:17 pm

I think the site admin team have responded very quickly to this attack. Well done!
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RE: URGENT NOTICE

Postby Gadders » Wed Jul 18, 2007 6:47 pm

Congratulations to Phil! Also Dom and Mark, well done folks! :)
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RE: URGENT NOTICE

Postby chemistone » Wed Jul 18, 2007 7:02 pm

Well done, being hacked sucks, but the quick fix is a good publicity.
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RE: URGENT NOTICE

Postby motoman » Wed Jul 18, 2007 7:07 pm

Nice work lads.
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RE: URGENT NOTICE

Postby tisri » Wed Jul 18, 2007 9:42 pm

A few points from the dark side:

Firstly, many thanks to Phil for prompt response to an attack.

Secondly users with Firefox may not be affected. I followed the link, slightly suspiciously but with Firefox settings in moderate paranoia mode and saw what looked like three tiny graphics. Since then nothing untoward, and Zone Alarm Pro virus scanner is happy so far.

Anyone still using Internet Explorer in fully trusting mode really needs to sort that out :-)

Finally, don't forget to leave the beans in that little bit longer...
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Postby Gouezeri » Wed Jul 18, 2007 9:54 pm

Hey Phil, Mark was just telling me the other day how he has always wanted to see you in trunks :shock: :? :oops: :lol:
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Postby RobC » Wed Jul 18, 2007 11:09 pm

Thanks to Phil for recomending Firefox to me years ago when I joined, been my browser of choice since then. The e-mail was easy to spot as a fake, the headers showed it as from TMC but the wording and link were obviously dodgy. On a unrelated note, it is always worth backing up your critical data on a very regular basis, just to be on the safe side. I have come across a few people recently who have suffered hard drive failures (not related to the above or even malware in general - just mechanical failure) who have lost a considerable amount of personal data they can never get back.
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Postby HughF » Thu Jul 19, 2007 6:02 am

I used IE for TMC (fairly paranoid settings and the excellent free McAfee SiteAdvisor) as I was having problems seeing the photos posted but FireFox for most other sites, now I've switched to FireFox for TMC also and can still see the photos posted. I thought the email was fishy but refreshed a TMC Web page - SiteAdvisor blocked the redirect to the .biz site as it was a known dangerous site.
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