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Old 02-25-2014, 09:41 AM   #1
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Question Forum hacked?

I got some spam this morning addressed to my handle here. This is the only place that handle has been used. Has there been a breech of the system?
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:48 AM   #2
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No breech that we are aware of. Can you elaborate some on what exactly happened?
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Old 05-06-2014, 08:52 PM   #3
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A lot of websites have open ports that hackers can gain access.

[edit: removed port report]
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Old 05-07-2014, 09:13 AM   #4
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Hi Jeff,

I guess I missed your reply. I received an email addressed to fdchappie and this is the only forum I've used that user id on.

Craig is correct that port 3306 should not be open, only the web server should be able to access the database. With the port open to the database hackers can get direct access to your/our data.

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Old 05-08-2014, 11:31 AM   #5
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According to our webmaster port 21 is open because port 21 is ftp and is how files go between him and the server, and how other features of the server ‘run’ for moving files. Port 21 has nothing to do with someone spamming, or gaining access because public access is disabled and the forum has numerous other measures in place to track access to the server, and even automatically lock it down.

Also be careful where you post your e-mail or your phone number online. Posting such details to any forum including IHPA puts you at risk for automated “servers” to scan the internet, and “collect” your e-mail. This is a popular technique used by spammers to harvest e-mails. For example see this post made by Craig: http://forums.IHPartsAmerica.com/mis...952-100-a.html Of what not to do. Instead of leaving your email address in public view it would be better to use “pm me for contact” or something similar or sellers should use a “throw away” e-mail, such as gmail or yahoo that’s easy to get a new one on when one becomes infested with spam.
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Old 05-08-2014, 01:29 PM   #6
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What did your webmaster say about port 3306??? I've never posted my email on the board.
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Old 05-08-2014, 02:06 PM   #7
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I think Jeff is right, that hackers use web crawlers looking for info.

If his webguy says everything looks good, then its good!!

I believe he uses the same webmaster that has create the worlds largest off-road site pirate4x4.com

I would just Mark the e-mail as spam.

Its hard to say exactly where or how they got your e-mail address. But believe me it there job to find them.
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