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Changes to board

Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 1:03 pm
by Selective
So I was gone from my website for a few days, and when I came back, all of my script that was custom written for my forum, was stripped from my forum, and all of my images, themes, and templates were deleted. Immediately I looked at the maintenance records, and I see that someone named 'Anonymous' with no IP Address had logged into my ACP and did a lot of damage all over my ACP in less than 60 seconds.

I had all bots denied access to my forum, and my forum was private, but apparently now I need to restore my forum from a previous backup and then gut half my ACP.

My forum was not installed by my web host, I installed it myself, and I have always been the only Admin and Mod of my forum, with me being the only one that can access the ACP. I had no auto updates set for anything. My forum has been fine for the last 2 years with no updates. So YES, I am going to start pointing fingers, and especially when my maintenance records shows a user by the name of 'Anonymous' with no IP Address did all that stuff in less than 60 seconds. IT WAS PHPBB THAT DID IT!!!

Re: phpBB Hacked My Forum

Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 1:40 pm
by david63
From the image that you have posted your last action was to update your database from 3.0.12 to 3.1.9

The process of doing that means that you replace all your files thereby removing all your custom scripts and possibly some images - although they may still be there,

There is no way that phpBB does this, maybe you have a host installed version and they did the update - just a thought.

I would suggest that you establish the facts before you start throwing around spurious accusations.

Re: phpBB Hacked My Forum

Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 1:44 pm
by Lumpy Burgertushie
phpbb does not ever do such a thing and can't do it because they have no way to access your board.

this is most likely do to an auto update thing at your hosting account.

you probably installed your board from the hosting control panel "one click " installer and they usually have an auto updater.

I would be pissed if this happened to me as well, but that doesn't excuse making false accusations in public.

do some research and try to find out what happened.


Re: phpBB Hacked My Forum

Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 1:47 pm
by stevemaury
It is normal for certain administrative events to be triggered when someone views your board, and that is often the Anonymous user.

phpBB had nothing to do with your issues. If you care to repost, and fill out the Support Request Template we can deal with your issues.

I am removing the incorrect accusations from your topic and its title

Re: phpBB Hacked My Forum

Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 7:11 pm
by Pond Life
Selective wrote: IT WAS PHPBB THAT DID IT!!!
No, it was not, phpBB software does not auto update and by your own admission you are the only person with admin access. And shouting does not alter reality.

Re: phpBB Hacked My Forum

Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 7:37 pm
by Lumpy Burgertushie
by "installed it myself" do you mean you downloaded the files from here and then using ftp you uploaded them to your server, then created a database using phpmyadmin on your server and then ran the install process?

if not, then you did NOT install it yourself.

If what you really mean is that you clicked a couple of buttons in your hosting control panel and installed it, then that is a host install. those are the ones that have the autoupdate things we are talking about.

bottom line is that if your host did not update it and you did not update it, then somebody with admin access did.

there is not a single case so far of anyone hacking into phpbb3 without having a admin username password or ftp access and phpbb can not do what you suggest, it just is not possible.


Re: phpBB Hacked My Forum

Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 8:29 pm
by david63
Selective wrote:IT WAS PHPBB THAT DID IT!!!
Please provide the proof

Re: Changes to board

Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 11:40 pm
by stevemaury
No one at phpBB has access to your board. As you said, only you (or your host) has access to your ACP. It is perfectly normal for events in the logs to be attributed to Anonymous, because some actions only occur when someone views the forum, which is often Anonymous.

You have failed to supply the requested Support Request Template, and you undid the edits I made to make your post not inaccurate.

Since you apparently would rather make ridiculous accusations instead of determining the cause of your issue, I am locking this topic.

If you undo an administrative edit again, your editing permission will be removed.