Was forum down?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by ezdays, Oct 23, 2003.

  1. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Tried to get on here for quite a while, and kept getting:

    You don't have permission to access /suspended.page/ on this server.

    Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

    Was wondering if the forum was down or a problem with my ISP. I know others have had similar problems from time to time.

  2. Arlaghan

    Arlaghan Member

    No, I believe it was down. The chat seems to still be down, too. At least the forum is back up.
  3. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

  4. Dave Hagan

    Dave Hagan Member

    Hi everyone, the Gauge was down for a while due to a hacker. Our web host took us off-line while they dealth with it.

    Sorry for the inconvenience

    Dave Hagan
  5. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Not only is the normal chat room down so is the black hole..Bo Bo is working over time.:mad:

    The question is who forgot to feed Bo Bo?
  6. Dave Hagan

    Dave Hagan Member

    Live Chat should be back shortly.
  7. Arlaghan

    Arlaghan Member

    Some people have nothing better to do! We even had a troll in the chatroom last night! Grrrrr! :mad:

    We do appreciate this forum and many thanks to you and the ISP hosting! :) :) :)
  8. Dave Hagan

    Dave Hagan Member

    Arlaghan, please drop me a PM about the troll in the chat room.

    Dave Hagan
  9. belg

    belg Member

    Dave ,any chance of any viruses being installed by the hacker?
  10. GNRail

    GNRail Member

    Chat room newbie question.

    what is a "troll" ?

  11. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    Whats a hacker going to get here....
    Pictures of my pizza place?
    Matts cardboard building secrets?
    Val's truck weathering technique?
    Maybe hackers gotta get a hobby...Model railroading comes to mind.
  12. Arlaghan

    Arlaghan Member

    You know when you get that brand new member of the forum who posts a heated thread, causes a lot of flames to be thrown around, and then you never hear from him again?

    Same concept here only in the chat. :p
  13. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Sorry to hear about the cause of the downtime. I've always wondered how successful these people could be if they followed a respectable path in life.

  14. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Thanks for bein' on the ball, & keepin' us all together, Dave!:)
  15. Dave Hagan

    Dave Hagan Member

    Hi belg, the short answer is 'yes' but they didn't.

    It's impossible to offer 100% security, all members should have a good anti-virus program to protect their computers.

    Dave Hagan
  16. Rusty Stumps

    Rusty Stumps Member

    Railroad-Line is down this morning also. Probably the same hacker making the rounds.:mad:
  17. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Well at least he has a consistant interest in a fine hobby. :rolleyes: Warped, but consistant.:mad:

  18. It's been down since last evening. I discovered it right after reading about the hacker hitting The Gauge. :mad: I've sent Joe a coupe of emails about it, but I don't know if he's been able to get them.
  19. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Anatomy of a Cracker

    It's crackers, not hackers. A cracker is a criminal who attempts to gain criminal access to others' accounts, software, computers and networks.

    A hacker is an individual who "hacks" or modifies anything to suit his own needs. Most of us are hackers of some sort. In fact we could just as well call the scratch and bash forum the hackers forum. Unfortunately, it's become all too common to confuse the two.

    88 - I suspect the cracker wasn't trying to get into the-gauge as much as getting into the server. Either they are after the challenge of cracking an internet server, or they are hoping to rip off an e-commerce site and defraud its' customers. There are typically 30 or 40 or more accounts (sites) on one server that a typical host provides. There are 51 accounts on my site providers server right now. Very unlikely they had their sites on us.

    If they crack in to get their jollies, they may try to detroy data, though :eek: They also may just do something they think is funny like replace your front page with some sort of political statement or porn. They usually only do either to gov sites and large, famouse com sites, like yahoo.

    Crackers don't typically deal with viruses. Once they get in, they attempt to get control of the system. Normally, only the root account (aka superuser, wheel, or admin), has access to all files. They try to get root access, then install programs that allow them to do what they want and hide the fact that the system has been compromised. That would be a sucessful crack. It may be alarming when we find a cracker has been in, but finding him means the crack was unsuccessful.

    The small percentage of MS windows based internet servers are prone to virus attack. Most are Unices (forms of Unix or Linux), and not prone to virus attack. Viruses are meant to self propagate and do not need the medeling hands of a cracker to install them.

    You shouldn't get a virus viewing anything on the web, but your system can come under attack of hostile java or other active content. If you disable active content, you will be safer, but your internet experiance may not be very fun anymore. 90% of the naughty active content installs marketing software to tell marketeers where you surf, what you might buy from them. This can be removed by installing and running adaware:




    I run this program on all MS windows machines at home and work periodically or if there is any odd behavior.

    You might be able to protect yourself from hostile activities by running an anti-virus package that has protection for java and active x. Myself, I just don't worry about it on a home machine. At work I use McAfee Corp. for such protection.
  20. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Great information Jon. Another precaution that cannot be stressed enough is to have an active fire wall, especially if you have a broadband connection. I use ZoneAlarm which like the other programs you mentioned, are free for personal use.

    I think most of these warped minds pick one area to become proficent in, hacking, cracking, planting viruses, worms or trojan horses. Again, I still have to wonder how great these people would have been if they turned their talants to doing good things.


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