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Re: "Guest" showing up in my Private Forum

Post by KevC » Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:36 pm

There must be 5 bots on the site trying the same thing.

What makes you think they're IT specialists?
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Re: "Guest" showing up in my Private Forum

Post by Tastenplayer » Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:38 pm

This can be seen from the IP address (it says which institution/company they are from). Well, they could be also phone agents, but I don't think so. :lol:
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Re: "Guest" showing up in my Private Forum

Post by KevC » Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:43 pm

But could be bots operating from an infected PC in that company. They just don't know it's doing it. See if the IP matches any of your accounts.
Not something I would overly concern myself with if it was my site. If the permissions are right and they can't see anything they won't make any progress. They don't even know what the forum might be, just that they can't see it. Could easily just be a trash forum.
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Re: "Guest" showing up in my Private Forum

Post by Tastenplayer » Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:46 pm

They hacked my forum a long time ago. Otherwise it wouldn't be a problem if 300 guests visited the forum at once. Makes you a little overcautious.
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Post by KevC » Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:47 pm

Them specifically?
How?
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Re: "Guest" showing up in my Private Forum

Post by Tastenplayer » Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:53 pm

The forum didn't work at all anymore and I had to install a backup.
Once they apparently hacked my server account and uploaded a huge file. But that was the Confixx server and phpBB 3.0.12. I only noticed it when I changed the server. This file was so well hidden in one of my other files that I never had to use.
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Re: "Guest" showing up in my Private Forum

Post by KevC » Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:59 pm

So it sounds like you had a server exploit rather than a phpBB one.
Again, people looking at hidden forums doesn't really suggest anything sinister.
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