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Arboristsite.com down/spammed?

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by joecool85, Oct 1, 2013.

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  1. joecool85

    joecool85 Minister of Fire

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    I tried going to ArboristSite.com and it's showing a redirect to Linkbucks.com junk. Doesn't matter what PC I'm on or what internet connection I'm on so I know it isn't me. Anyone know what's up over there? I only stop in a couple times a year now so for all I know it's been that way for months.

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  2. Badfish740

    Badfish740 Minister of Fire

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    There was a thread about this a while back-they keep getting hacked.
  3. joecool85

    joecool85 Minister of Fire

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    Oh that sucks. I've dealt with that here at work before. Hackers are a pain in the butt.
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    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    I have adblock running so whatever that linkbucks is doesn't work.
    I can get past that download manager attempt to arborist site by pausing adblock but clicking on any link on the page starts that linkbucks attempt again.
    Screw that.
    Hope they get it fixed although I don't spend any time there except when I was researching bandmills.





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    Yeah Darin is going through hell.
  6. joecool85

    joecool85 Minister of Fire

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    Ouch. I hope he can get some help and get it sorted.
  7. webbie

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    It amazes me that it's been for so long...
    I don't claim how to know how to do everything, but I certainly know who to call to get it done pronto!

    Wow, that's quite a hack.......someone is raking in the dough!
  8. Badfish740

    Badfish740 Minister of Fire

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    Yeah...I guess Stormfront.org is seeing a lot more traffic now that AS is closed down ;lol
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    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    I can't claim to hold this place together with much except luck and persistence and great mods...

    Between the "fun" of hacking and disruption and the $$$ which can be raked in, it's tempting for folks all over the world. We actually lock out MANY countries from registering here. Never had a complaint yet.

    I just checked. My guess is that we deny 1,000 registrations each day.
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    The hacking started last week and has been continuing since then, on again off again.
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    Damn Southern Poverty Law Center...
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    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    I heard about it here MANY weeks ago....so there must be multiple attacks.
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    Looks like it is coming through on Java script
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    if you use firefox with "noscripts" plug in it can be avoided... mostly
  15. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    That's a heck of a way to surf a popular site. I'm still amazed.....that they simply cannot hire someone over on the VBB boards and have it fixed in a couple hours. Then again, there is the possibility they (the owners, managers, mods) don't care about the site. Sometimes these things can get old. Of course, we still wake up excited in the morning after 18+ years....
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    It happens. The owners/administrator of my favorite old house message board went awol for about 5 years and the place got overrun by spam bots. There where active mods who tried their best to fix it but just couldn't without admin access and years of emails and phone calls to the site owners went unanswered. Finally people gave up and went and created a new forum - posted the link to the new forum on the old one and suddenly the owner showed up out of the blue and banned the members who were trying to fix things.

    Other old house nuts probably know exactly what I'm talking about.
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    The site Ken Holmes used to run? oldhouseweb, I think???

    Smokey is a friend of theirs....
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    Bingo. The place just fell apart, I think the founders had sold it. Some days the first 30 threads where poorly translated ads for china knockoff handbags and watches The content outside of the forums has just been on a repeating loop for years too.


    Most of the active forum members went to a new site called wavyglass.org
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    Well, if you got the bucks they did, you'd have sold it too! It was sold right before the great crash and for a price which is high...

    Forums can very well die as soon as "the love" leaves them. I had considered some businesses where I would take over old forums and archive them (no new members or posts) for their content - and present it all so it wasn't lost.

    Then I decided I have enough to do. But if anyone wants to make some decent coin and is tech and sale savvy, I'll share the business model
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    Thank goodness it's up again! Looks like loyal audience didn't go away!
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    I just checked it out for the first time in a while. Now you need a special password to go on the politics or gun sections. I guess I'm done there now.
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    Oh, I figured the lack of a Opera or Theater discussion room was your reason...::-)
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    They were first hit on the 10th of Sept. It has been a long hard fight for them getting it cleaned out. And were still having problems yesterday.

    I just made a pass through there and it looks like they are back in business.
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    I have enough opera. No need to discuss. Worldwide live HD broadcast as I type.
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    That would be Eugene Onegin?
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