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phpbb.com hacked/defaced
within the last 15 minutes...

 9:23 pm on Feb 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

by someone claiming to be the "Simiens Crew".

Im guessing we will see some sort of patch for phpbb software within the next 48 hours then....



 9:26 pm on Feb 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

Pretty funny.


 9:36 pm on Feb 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

Lol.....strange pic. :)


 9:45 pm on Feb 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

It's a picture of Bush's head on a chimp with some Portuguese rap music playing in the background. You know...phpbb is a PR 9 site and they are running text link ads throughout their site. Do you think they are even really non-profit anymore?


 9:58 pm on Feb 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

Do you think they are even really non-profit anymore?

All this statement says is that you don't know anything about non-profit work.


 11:34 pm on Feb 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

If you are going to correct me, please let me know your point of view, rather than making a statement saying I don't know what I am talking about.

I do happen to know that PR 9 link are worth quite a bit, but I do not know how the money is being dispersed. I actually do know quite a bit about entities. Is phpbb a non profit corporation?

(note: I only asked if they are not for profit. It is up to them to disclose their status or others to guess. I would be willing to bet they are getting somewhere in the neighborhood of $20,000+ per month in revenue...not profit)


 11:54 pm on Feb 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

The point is that non-profit just means the company does not make money. People that work there make quite a bit. Very few people understand how non-profits work. They are quite profitable.


 12:06 am on Feb 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

Yes, because if you read some of the feedback from the developers (who deserve to make money) it sounds like they are just doing this part time, yet clearly they are making some decent dough, so this always confused me.

(Agreed about a non-profit not making money, but the employees are making money. I'm still not sure what type of entity phpbb is classified, and if they are indeed structured as a non-profit.)


 12:47 am on Feb 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

Reading the site admin's blog I see he went on a vacation to Europe (left yesterday).


 1:24 am on Feb 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

"Is phpbb a non profit corporation?"

you can setup a non-profit org and get a $250,000 salary provided you have enough money. I think it's just an IRS thing, where they get special privileges and have to follow certain guidelines. Many of those "credit fix" and debt companies are techincally non-profit, yet they make millions.

advertising on phpbb is stupid IMO, way too high profile and text "advertising" is not all kosher. Stay away from sites that G people are likely to visit is.


 4:02 am on Feb 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

the phpbb hack seems to be the result of an Awstats vulnerability. Everyone should upgrade to the latest version immediately.


 4:09 am on Feb 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

That's worthy of a thread all by itself.


 4:13 am on Feb 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

i posted one a couple days ago in the tracking and logging forum here.


it's only a vulnerability if you use the cgi version (i.e. you can run the script from the web...)

where'd you hear awstats was the problem?


 4:13 am on Feb 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

Man, they should have hacked it and sold text links off it - much more profitable than what they left up there :p


 4:24 am on Feb 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

xoops.org was hacked too (they say)


 7:53 am on Feb 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

just noticed the defaced graphic on popdex.com.

their search seems to be messed up too. i wonder if they lost files?

something is going around.

where to post a thread to find the common thread?



 12:29 pm on Feb 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

[webmasterworld.com...] Brett mentions banning .ru and .cn, to which dvduval asked an, as yet, unanswered question about any potential relationship.

Might consider [webmasterworld.com...] Webmaster General and then tie all related threads together under a subject header like: Hacks and Defacements? Are they making a run on us?

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