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RPG is back! (No, we weren't hacked...)

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Remæus on Thu Nov 27, 2008 6:58 pm

Sorry about the downtime folks, I wasn't around to fix the problems that happened late last night. I was up early today, and spending quality time this Thanksgiving with my family when I received a call regarding the problems. I hopped online this afternoon and was immediately able to determine exactly what happened based on our logs, as well as revert everything back to normal without losing any data or configuration.

RolePlayGateway wasn't hacked, and in fact this couldn't be further from the truth. In looking through the logs (which our perpetrator tried to erase), I found a couple problems with how our permissions were set, and I have of course fixed them now. The method of attack was very amateur and displayed no degree of sophistication, and their vector of attack has been isolated and neutralized - you won't be seeing any problems like this ever again, we promise.

We have also decided not to press charges on the offending party, which would have included destruction of personal property and gaining unauthorized access to secured online data (Ca. PENAL CODE SECTION 484-502.9), but the appropriate authorities and law enforcement agencies have been notified and informed with all relevant information. Our attorneys were more than happy to pursue legal action, but I have chosen not to do so in hopes of allowing these people to come forward and make amends on their own. (For more information on state and federal regulations regarding unauthorized access to computer systems, please visit or contact the National Conference for State Legislatures, Janna Goodwin, 303-364-7700, janna.goodwin@ncsl.org).

Let me remind everyone - if you don't like the site, we list plenty of other places to roleplay because we know we don't get it right all the time. But what makes RolePlayGateway different is the fact that I'm willing to listen and work towards fixing anything you guys (the community) find in need of attention. You won't ever find another site that has an owner that cares this much about the community and the state of roleplay, and I hope that everyone can respect my passion for making things right. Please, give the RolePlayGateway Staff your input and feedback as much as possible - if you can't do this, then you are welcome to look through our list of other roleplaying sites and head elsewhere.

The problems were limited to our forums, and didn't extend into the chat, our voice server, our game servers, writing tools, or API. The only changes that they were able to make were mostly cosmetic (as well as some other permission changes they made, like banning users who weren't supposed to be banned) and involved some amusing changes to the forum names.

We're back now, and better than ever - I was able to re-tune our database server since we took the site down (we can't do that while the site is online), so everything should be working better and faster than ever before. If you notice any problems, please let us know exactly what's happening and we'll get it fixed for you. Thanks for making RolePlayGateway your home,
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Re: RPG is back! (No, we weren't hacked...)

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Superfly on Thu Nov 27, 2008 7:39 pm

Whew. Thank heavens. For a moment there I thought I'd lose all the Rp's I was involved in...

Edit: And thanks, for fixing the problem on Turkey day.
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Re: RPG is back! (No, we weren't hacked...)

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby ViVi on Thu Nov 27, 2008 7:50 pm

Yea, go Remæus! Crackin down on them fools! lol.

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Re: RPG is back! (No, we weren't hacked...)

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Magix on Thu Nov 27, 2008 7:51 pm

Thanks for taking the time from you family to fix this problem. I for one really appreciate it.
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Re: RPG is back! (No, we weren't hacked...)

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby isafos on Fri Nov 28, 2008 1:17 am

It seems they managed to get at your reputation, Remaeus. :lol:


Someone copy + pasted the index page just before the forums went down (in his words: "Like a two-dollar hooker" XD) , they did some pretty interesting stuff:

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Indeed, it does seem that someone doesn't like you lot very much.

Does seem pretty amateur, but I must admit that I giggled at the stuff he edited in. :lol:

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Re: RPG is back! (No, we weren't hacked...)

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Shur on Fri Nov 28, 2008 1:20 am

I'm glad everything is fine now but I do hope all this didn't ruin your Thanksgiving too much.

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Re: RPG is back! (No, we weren't hacked...)

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby SinfulSoul on Fri Nov 28, 2008 3:14 am

Eric was just showing what he was most thankful for on Thanksgiving. What better way than to spend your day with that which you love most?
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Re: RPG is back! (No, we weren't hacked...)

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Valekor on Fri Nov 28, 2008 11:11 am

@SinfulSoul
I suppose there's some irony in that statement <.<

Well, I hope they're pissing their pants now. Getting sued for this isn't something small, as small as the action taken might have actually been.
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Re: RPG is back! (No, we weren't hacked...)

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Selothi on Fri Nov 28, 2008 12:02 pm

Wow, you've got a pretty big heart, Remaeus, I'll say that much. Taking time off Thanksgiving to undo the fuck some little sh*t did on this site just because he couldn't get the right fix, or simply because he's an immature idiot, isn't everyone's cup of tea. I'm glad also to see that that there isn't any permanent damage. In any case, good job Remaeus, and keep well, man !

And reading isafos' post, I don't see the point in hacking a site just to put those up, when there's there's a possibility of having your ass sued ... Idiot ... Really.

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Re: RPG is back! (No, we weren't hacked...)

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby xMoonlightXRosex on Fri Nov 28, 2008 12:03 pm

PHEW! I freaked out when i couldn't get on yesterday! Thanks Rasmeus!
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Re: RPG is back! (No, we weren't hacked...)

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Kevah on Fri Nov 28, 2008 2:26 pm

Everytime I type http://www.roleplaygateway.com in my web browser it doesn't work.
Maybe it's just IE messing with me, but if I type in a random topic like: rpg-back-weren-hacked-t14278.html, it gets me on fine, otherwise it says page can't be displayed or something.

I don't know why. :o
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Re: RPG is back! (No, we weren't hacked...)

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Ponats on Fri Nov 28, 2008 3:45 pm

Meh.

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Re: RPG is back! (No, we weren't hacked...)

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Pinkpony on Sun Dec 07, 2008 10:27 pm

I was on as a geust and I thought this is not right that day .
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So get mad at me
I'm only sayin' what everybody thinks'

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Re: RPG is back! (No, we weren't hacked...)

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Paramorex on Sun Dec 07, 2008 10:33 pm

Geez, you're really generous to do that on a holiday. Thanks for fixing it :].

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