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    We've had many hacking threats over the course of our forum's existence. None of them have ever eventuated, or suceeded.

    However, if it one were to suceed, what could I do to prevent them from doing it again? I'm not talking about backing up the database, I mean, getting the authorities on them.

    I know vBulletin went to the FBI a while ago when a hacker was attacking the servers. Yet I think the FBI is a little too large for such a forum as mine. Is there an international authority on hacking? I'm sure it must be illegal to hack, or cause malicious attacks on members?

    Thankyou,

    Alcar...
    http://www.oddworldforums.net

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    I would upgrade to the latest version if possible and .htaccess your mod and admin areas. This is to ensure you don't get broken into or at least make it very difficult for those hackers.

    You might consider changing the default directory for your admin and mod control panels also to make it more difficult.
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    • #3
      Which are the Admin and Mod areas on the server folks that I would need to protect using .htaccess...?

      I see AdminCP and ModCP - I assume it is these areas...? just looking for clarification. Cheers.
      John

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      • #4
        Originally posted by TheMusicMan
        Which are the Admin and Mod areas on the server folks that I would need to protect using .htaccess...?

        I see AdminCP and ModCP - I assume it is these areas...? just looking for clarification. Cheers.
        Yes those...
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        • #5
          thanks Josh...
          John

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          • #6
            Oh, thankyou for the tips.

            But I was more inclining towards what legal / authoritative action we could take, should such a hacking occur. I've heard about places many times, where a group will investigate hackings, and actually criminally charge hackers with 'hacking'.

            Thanks,

            Alcar...
            http://www.oddworldforums.net

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            • #7
              Don't count on any legal action being taken. Unfortunately most of the hackers are in countries that are beyond the corntrol of your local laws.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Steve Machol
                Don't count on any legal action being taken. Unfortunately most of the hackers are in countries that are beyond the corntrol of your local laws.
                If you were to were to actually have a pretty good idea who did it, and you knew they were from the United States, would there be anything one could do in an instance like that?

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                • #9
                  Believe me you will find it very difficult to get any authorities to take action if you are hacked. You are free to try, but when we were attacked, the FBI refused to do anything - even when we showed monetary damage and provided them with all the info on the attacker.
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                  • #10
                    Is it not true that you need to be able to prove that the damages cost you a certain amount of money ($1000 I believe?), in order for the FBI to take action?
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                    • #11
                      Believe me - you wiill not be able to find any legal authority that will care. However you don't have to believe me. Just try it for yourself.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Steve Machol
                        Believe me - you wiill not be able to find any legal authority that will care. However you don't have to believe me. Just try it for yourself.
                        That's stupid. The FBI, or any other authority is there to fight crime. Hacking is a crime. They need to get out of the doughnut shops, and do their jobs.

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                        • #13
                          Hmmmm. Maybe I'll resort to contacting their ISP. Although, they are getting money out of these people - so I don't see them doing anything about it.

                          It's a shame, as we can't ban them completely. Moronic AOL and its multiple users with the same IPs.

                          Thanks, anyway

                          Alcar...
                          http://www.oddworldforums.net

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by phensley
                            That's stupid. The FBI, or any other authority is there to fight crime. Hacking is a crime. They need to get out of the doughnut shops, and do their jobs.
                            They can't force another country's police to do something. For example, there are plenty of Thai warez sites which are probably reported all the time. Why? Because the Thai police probably cannot be bothered to shut them down.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Erwin
                              They can't force another country's police to do something. For example, there are plenty of Thai warez sites which are probably reported all the time. Why? Because the Thai police probably cannot be bothered to shut them down.
                              This is one reason there should be guidlines for the internet. A global set of laws for being online. That way all countries are to enforce them.

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