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Drew Durrnil
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What just happened to the forum?

Postby Drew Durrnil » Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:55 pm

There was a spam attack, the forum was too busy, and then there was cleanup. I have been hearing that it was a DDOS attack, but what was it really?
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Postby New Jacobland » Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:56 pm

Suspected DDOS due to massive spamming.
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Postby Omaha-Kazimierz » Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:57 pm

I'm not sure, but i'm convinced it's a spam attack since I saw unviewable threads like "NARUTO RP" and "property of darkseid"
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Postby Atheris » Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:57 pm

Someone spammed for 20 minutes and instead of the mods doing their job by DEATing the spammer they decided to turn off the forums for 10 minutes because reasons.
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Postby New Jacobland » Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:58 pm

Omaha-Kazimierz wrote:I'm not sure, but i'm convinced it's a span attack since I saw unviewable threads like "NARUTO RP" and "property of darkseid"

Same.
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Postby Reploid Productions » Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:58 pm

Spam cleanup, that's all. If you spot any more ghost threads let us know. I think we got them all though.
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Postby New Jacobland » Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:59 pm

Hey, did the admins add a slowmode to the forum in reaction to the spam? It just said I couldn't make another post so soon after my last, which I have never seen before.
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Postby Drew Durrnil » Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:01 pm

Reploid Productions wrote:Spam cleanup, that's all. If you spot any more ghost threads let us know. I think we got them all though.

Other cleanups don't require the forum to be shut down. What's different about this attack, and why does it shut down the entire forum?
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Postby Atheris » Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:02 pm

New Jacobland wrote:Hey, did the admins add a slowmode to the forum in reaction to the spam? It just said I couldn't make another post so soon after my last, which I have never seen before.

No, that's been a thing for a while.
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Postby Reploid Productions » Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:02 pm

Drew Durrnil wrote:
Reploid Productions wrote:Spam cleanup, that's all. If you spot any more ghost threads let us know. I think we got them all though.

Other cleanups don't require the forum to be shut down. What's different about this attack, and why does it shut down the entire forum?

Disabling the forum makes it much easier to clean up the mess in certain situations. This was one of 'em.
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Postby Swedish-Norwegian Kingdoms » Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:04 pm

Omaha-Kazimierz wrote:I'm not sure, but i'm convinced it's a spam attack since I saw unviewable threads like "NARUTO RP" and "property of darkseid"

It was porn spam too
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Postby Atheris » Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:36 pm

Reploid Productions wrote:Spam cleanup, that's all. If you spot any more ghost threads let us know. I think we got them all though.

The thread of a ghost.

viewtopic.php?f=25&t=502321
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Postby Reploid Productions » Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:40 pm

Atheris wrote:
Reploid Productions wrote:Spam cleanup, that's all. If you spot any more ghost threads let us know. I think we got them all though.

The thread of a ghost.

viewtopic.php?f=25&t=502321

Got it, thanks!
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Postby Indo States » Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:46 pm

Reploid, I have to Ask, did the IP Address of the Spammer Banned Permanently? And Second, are there any Data Breach Occurred in that Time? I am very concerned.
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Postby Atheris » Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:48 pm

Indo States wrote:Reploid, I have to Ask, did the IP Address of the Spammer Banned Permanently? And Second, are there any Data Breach Occurred in that Time? I am very concerned.

Not Reppy, but I think I'm qualified to answer your second question.

According to some, it looks like it was DDOS (direct denial-of-service) attack. These type of attacks flood a website with multiple connections from multiple servers to slow down the website; a DDOS itself can't leak any data. DDOS attacks are sometimes accompanied with attacks that can cause data leaks, but I really doubt this was the case.

That being said, I really doubt it was a DDOS. It was probably just a patent case of "one guy spams a lot and the mods refuse to do anything for 20 minutes".
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Postby Indo States » Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:50 pm

Atheris wrote:It looks like it was DDOS (direct denial-of-service) attack. These type of attacks flood a website with multiple connections from multiple servers to slow down the website; a DDOS itself can't leak any data.


Yeah, I've Agree what you've said on my Second Question. They cannot get into the Servers where Private Data has been Stored, and because it was Protected by Cloudfare, making the whole Site Secure and Safe from Data Breaches.
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Postby Reploid Productions » Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:59 pm

No data breaches, all that happened was the spammer hitting the forum so hard it was functionally a DDOS attack, hence the brief shutdown to clear the mess and get everything back in working order.
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Postby Atheris » Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:03 pm

Reploid Productions wrote:No data breaches, all that happened was the spammer hitting the forum so hard it was functionally a DDOS attack, hence the brief shutdown to clear the mess and get everything back in working order.

Then why didn't the mods/forum admins ban him when his spamming was first reported? Why did it take 20+ minutes to respond?
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Postby Reploid Productions » Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:05 pm

Atheris wrote:
Reploid Productions wrote:No data breaches, all that happened was the spammer hitting the forum so hard it was functionally a DDOS attack, hence the brief shutdown to clear the mess and get everything back in working order.

Then why didn't the mods/forum admins ban him when his spamming was first reported? Why did it take 20+ minutes to respond?

Unfortunately, we are an entirely volunteer staff, not paid 24/7 coverage so sometimes gaps can occur. Once we were aware of the situation everyone who was available was on deck as quickly as possible.
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Postby EU Card Office » Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:25 pm

Reploid Productions wrote:
Atheris wrote:Then why didn't the mods/forum admins ban him when his spamming was first reported? Why did it take 20+ minutes to respond?

Unfortunately, we are an entirely volunteer staff, not paid 24/7 coverage so sometimes gaps can occur. Once we were aware of the situation everyone who was available was on deck as quickly as possible.

Thanks for the quick response
“ few, that one was quick “ I actually thought this was a massive attack that will take days and hours to fix. Looks like to mods and admins actually do their jobs and congratulations and thanks for fixing the well needed form.

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Postby Outer Sparta » Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:33 pm

Reploid Productions wrote:
Atheris wrote:Then why didn't the mods/forum admins ban him when his spamming was first reported? Why did it take 20+ minutes to respond?

Unfortunately, we are an entirely volunteer staff, not paid 24/7 coverage so sometimes gaps can occur. Once we were aware of the situation everyone who was available was on deck as quickly as possible.

Will we still get some errors even after the spam attack on the forums or should this be all good and we can all get back to our normal browsing?
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Postby Christian Confederation » Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:33 pm

Ngl for a second I thought the servers were destroyed
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Postby Reploid Productions » Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:06 pm

Server load is still a bit high, if you get one of those General SQL Errors, it'll probably say somewhere in the notice "too many connections", that will clear on its own in a couple of minutes.
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Postby Goraria » Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:12 pm

For some reason it says it’s shutting down temporarily for some reason. Idk if that DDOS is still happening or not but either way it’s starting to annoy me with these things that let me have to wait for a few minutes and then the forums is back to normal and then it shut down again it’s just annoying, idk why it does this and idk why I’m complaining about this.
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