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Author Topic: The hack has been conquered. Security has been hardened.  (Read 495 times)
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« on: November 09, 2018, 04:09:28 PM »

The hack has been conquered. Security has been hardened to e-commerce levels.

This was not a hack aimed at members - we have the database well protected and encrypted - it was a hack aimed at pirating our rankings with Google and Bing to sell porn. It was sophisticated. They did it in a way that both the website operator and Google/Bing wouldn't see it. It hit us around August 22. We didn't catch on until mid-October. Google didn't see it until this weekend (after it was resolved).

In short, the hackers created fake bpdfamily webpages that Google and Bing listed. There were 44 of these fake listings for every real bpdfamily listing. Anyone clicking on these fake listings would be routed to our site and then instantly redirected to a one of several porn sites. A pictorial shows the parts.


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In addition, the hacker created 3 copycat "bpdfamily" sites on their own domains.

It's over now. The volunteers kept bpdfamily on the air through the entire process.

Now is a time of recovery. This has hurt our rankings for now, but we will bounce back. The attack hit us hard in the pocketbook. We trust that we will all pull together to make it through.

bpdfamily still stands as an independent (no commercial influence or sponsors) and highly private (BPD is fully independent from the Facebook, Google, Amazon human data collection machine).

The holidays are coming and we are ready to work with all those who struggle in the season.
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« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2018, 06:42:12 PM »

great news, and thanks for the hard work it took to get things secured.
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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2018, 07:10:09 PM »

 

Good to hear Skip.  Thank you. 
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2018, 02:06:22 PM »

  thank you Skip and everyone, the troops behind the scenes keeping family safe and on air.    

Bounce back, we shall, let's get out there  

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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2018, 06:59:42 PM »

Skip,

Thank you so much for helping to protect the site. This was a very big hack! 44 for every BPD listing. Wow!

How does this affect our funds for the site?

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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2018, 01:07:42 PM »

Hey there Skip,

I'm also curious about the how the hack has affected the funds for the site.

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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2018, 08:36:51 AM »

 Why would they target this site?
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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2018, 03:36:33 PM »

Thank you, Skip, for the update.  All the more reason to be a sustaining member.
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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2018, 05:25:39 AM »

Thanks for your hard work to contain and remediate this.

I sort of work in cyber security.  Any vulnerabilities on websites or forums that can be exploited to help cyber criminals to redirect those surfing the web to other more malicious websites where their computers may be infected with viruses, or where they then can become subject to any for of identity theft or financial exploitation are just easy ways for them to keep on making money.  Not sure that is what happened here, but... .at the end of the day, its cyber crime.
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« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2018, 11:58:29 AM »

WOW - great work by those who found and resolved! Thank you!
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« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2018, 01:24:20 PM »

Not sure that is what happened here, but... .at the end of the day, its cyber crime.

This was clearly intended to drive traffic to a "pay for porn" site.  I understand that the hack (we aren't the only ones to be hacked in this scheme) drives over a million people to the porn site a day.

From our investigation, we have a knowledge of the principles and a group working to bring the operation down. It is driven from overseas but the principle is in the California.
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« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2018, 08:12:35 AM »

Wow!’

Thank you Skip for all that y’all do to keep this amazing website up and running!

Unbelievable what goes on behind the scenes!

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