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    Well, was progressivears.org specifically hacked, or was the underlying engine's database compromised?
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    I dont think there is a great deal of info here that they can really use. as long as you dont use the same password on other accounts, I dont see what they can do with an email. What are the risks? I cant think of anything I shared here that isnt a total lie.
    I got nothin'

    ...avoiding any implication that I have ever entertained a cognizant thought.

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    Well, the e mail went straight to the trash, just as every one like it is, but such a breach of security is worrying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yodelgoat View Post
    I dont think there is a great deal of info here that they can really use. as long as you dont use the same password on other accounts, I dont see what they can do with an email. What are the risks? I cant think of anything I shared here that isnt a total lie.
    It isn't always about what they can steal anymore. What they can do is quietly take control of your PC for other purposes, converting into a "node" in a larger collection of commandeered devices for malicious purposes.
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    Thanks for posting this.
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    Why should i worry.A very nice man from Nigeria emailed me that i have 20 million dollars coming to me from a bequest and all i have to do is send him a couple of thousand bucks.

    Isn't the interwheb wonderful.
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    All I want is better scams and better snake oil. The stuff I buy isn't doing the trick. Maybe I should check with my doctor.
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    I successfully uploaded the patch (the link took me to a site where the fix was only $15, I used my debit card) and had no problems getting back on PE this morning. It's good to see everyone back!

    In other news, I hope to make enough money from an email scam to be able to afford a summer home in Nigeria.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walt View Post
    Why should i worry.A very nice man from Nigeria emailed me that i have 20 million dollars coming to me from a bequest and all i have to do is send him a couple of thousand bucks.

    Isn't the interwheb wonderful.
    I'm still waiting for the couple thousand you know.
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    It went straight to my junk folder. Along with all the Viagra ads and two from FedEx telling me about my packages. I'm seem to get dozens of packages a month of things I don't remember ordering. And they all have had problems being delivered. Amazing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerjo View Post
    Shit, I'm almost tempted to go to Snake Oil just to see bricks being thrown at Svet. Almost.
    Svetty has responded by trying to YouTube bomb them back to the Stone Age.

    It's mildly entertaining, but in the end, you feel like you just watched a group of handicapped kids throwing down a brawl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walt View Post
    Why should i worry.A very nice man from Nigeria emailed me that i have 20 million dollars coming to me from a bequest and all i have to do is send him a couple of thousand bucks.
    For God's sake don't do it! The Nigerians are fake! The real ones are from Cameroon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    Svetty has responded by trying to YouTube bomb them back to the Stone Age.

    It's mildly entertaining, but in the end, you feel like you just watched a group of handicapped kids throwing down a brawl.
    Are you suggesting there's actually members there that discuss...music? Does any worthwhile discussion happen or is it all about the little games the "mods" play?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Are you suggesting there's actually members there that discuss...music? Does any worthwhile discussion happen or is it all about the little games the "mods" play?
    You wouldn't believe it. It's supposed to be Wallace's Prog-Rock forum, right? Three of the regulars post constantly about how much Prog sucks. One guy who doesn't understand what a genre is argues that anything after 1973 can't be considered Prog-Rock. Not much talk of mods. Those people largely appear to understand that they are rightly forum pariahs, if I read the vibe right.
    There's a tiny bit of music discussion, but not much. A lot of posting of silly and/or dirty emoticons. It's like EMR performance art, mostly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    Well, was progressivears.org specifically hacked, or was the underlying engine's database compromised?
    HERE"S WHAT"S HAPPENED:

    Someone hacked in and somehow managed to get into the email list - and sent an email to all users about a (fake) security issue.

    They also posted an "announcement", as well as a "sticky" post on the main board.

    A few other things happened that I won't go into here.

    We discovered this about 15 minutes after it happened (around 1:00am - lucky I'm an insomniac!), and removed the fake post and the fake announcement. I have emailed the whole user community advising everyone to ignore the spam.

    For (hopefully) obvious reasons, I will not go into the fixes I've affected - but I'm working on it, and I'm in touch with our ISP.

    In SEPARATE News:

    Along with many other vBulletin sites, PE had a minor hack some time ago, in which some browsers are advising that PE has been hacked, and in which Google searches are compromised.

    You are not in any danger from that hack, and we're working to remove it (not easy).

    In Summary:

    1). It's okay to continue to use PE as usual

    2). Exercise caution and never click on links that don't pass the "sniff test".

    3). CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD!
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    Duncan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan Glenday View Post
    Exercise caution
    Wait a sec, pal... now in order to use Progressive Ears we need to exercise???? Now it makes sense why many call this place PE!

    Thanks Duncan for doing all you and the other mods do to keep this place running.

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    So they have your username and your email address. They probably have your password so you should change your password here and everywhere else that you use that password.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lovecraft View Post
    A soon as you read it, the fact that English is not this persons first language, makes it dead giveaway. Some of the grammar would make my wife apoplectic with rage....
    As it did yours truly!!! 
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan Glenday View Post
    HERE"S WHAT"S HAPPENED:

    I have emailed the whole user community advising everyone to ignore the spam.
    I haven't seen it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    I haven't seen it.
    Has anyone else seen it? I sent it a few hours ago.

    (I'll be honest, though, I've never used the mass email feature before - so I may not have done it correctly )
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    Haven't seen it, Duncan....
    "And this is the chorus.....or perhaps it's a bridge...."

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    Nor have I
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    I haven't seen it.
    Quote Originally Posted by wideopenears View Post
    Haven't seen it, Duncan....
    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    Nor have I


    I've just re-sent it...
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    Thanks for the heads up; good thing I check PE before my e-mail (I actually got one in my spam folder).

    However, I didn't get the one from Duncan
    The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan Glenday View Post


    I've just re-sent it...
    The only email I have received is the original hacker email. I have not received any from the actual admins.

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