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can i get hacked?

Posted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 10:53 am
by futon
Need some advice/help here please.

I've been getting a lot of rubbish posted on my forum. mainly links to porn videos etc. i've been banning the users and ip addresses but i just got this message posted..
hey admin what do u think u can block us

ha ha ha ha
we are hackers

see a list of sites
that hacked by us all redirected to same site

[porn spam removed - karlsemple]

do u want that we destroy ur website or hack ur domain name
we ar behind millions of proxies
ha ha ha ha
get lost else i teach u the lesson
Currently, the board is set so that users do not require account activation. i only set it this way as this forum has only been around 3 weeks since forum has been active.

What are the possibilities of my forum and domain name getting hacked? are there any precautions i can take to prevent this?

Re: can i get hacked?

Posted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 2:06 pm
by Myspoonistoobig
Empty threats in netspeak? No, I wouldn't take those seriously. "Hacking" a domain doesn't even make sense

Security vulnerabilities are discovered and patched up, and new versions released. When people leave old versions installed, those tend to get "hacked" in the sense that they vandalize your board using this publicly known oudated vulnerability.

For phpbb3, or the most recent release of version 2, to my knowledge there are no known security issues....when they are discovered, they'll probably be patched quickly

Notice those links are to wordpress blogs. Probably just a smiliar situation: outdated installations, known issues, script kiddies taking advantage

Re: can i get hacked?

Posted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 9:24 pm
by Lieutenant Clone
To add to that, for all the installations I have ever had hacked, it has always been a very simple fix, like deleting a database entry that has been injected too, or just deleting a file they uploaded. About all they can do is deface your page, which is easily fixed, and they can't even do that if you always update your installation.

Re: can i get hacked?

Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 4:18 pm
by starware
Probably not much chance. I'd backup the files and database just to make sure. Then feel free to laugh if by some very rare chance that you happen to be hacked. (since you can just restore your forum).