View Full Version : EZBoards attacked...

06-01-2005, 09:35 PM
Went to the Bidding For Travel site and nothing would come up except for a link that went to this... It also took out a year and a half of posts from the alternative RedsZone site.

Posted: 5/31/05 12:29
recent ezboard problems (6/1/05 update)
LAST UPDATE: 12:15 pm Jun 01

Be sure to read the latest message (immediately below) from the ezboard CEO, too.

The following is a summary of the known issues resulting from yesterday's attack:

1) Certain boards and forums are missing topics.

2) Various request errors are hindering boards (when opening certain topics, when replying, etc.).
If your board gives a request error on the main page, i.e. you cannot view the board at all, please post here.

3) Some boards have reported losses of funds from their Community Chests.

4) Various boards' user member lists have lost some or all members.

5) Certain boards' security logs have gone blank.

6) The ezboard network is slow. update (5/31, 5:20 pm):: The network's performance has improved a good deal, but there may still be sporadic slowness.

Along with our technical operations department, we are continuing to work on potential solutions to each of these problems. Until we are able to come up with a detailed plan of attack for each issue, please continue to sit tight. We will keep updating this topic as frequently as possible.

What you should do now

At the moment, all problems listed above are being worked on by the technical staff. We would ask that all admins wait for further information and updates on these issues. Once these are forthcoming you may be asked to submit your board url and describe which problems affect you, but at this point in time it is better if you do not post or submit tickets, as the staff are unable to take action yet.

You can continue using your boards. If certain forums at your board are giving request errors (e.g., when replies are submitted), an administrator may want to create NEW, temporary forums. Then, when the "broken" forums are fixed, the topics from the new forums can be moved into the appropriate, old one.

Edited by: ezjennifer at: 6/1/05 15:58



Registered User
Posts: 1
Posted: 5/31/05 20:30
Update: 5/31/05 - ezboard network issues
Dear ezboard Family,

On Tuesday May 31 ezboard's systems were the victim of a very precise and malicious internet attack. This attack resulted in the loss of a significant amount of current and historical board postings and interrupted services across all systems. I deeply apologize for the inconvenience that this has caused and am here to give you the first of several in-depth updates.

At this time most board management services have been restored and our goal is to have post/reply repaired on Wednesday . We are working to restore board data from our back-up systems. This will take some time, and complete data restoration may not be possible, but it is what we are working towards. What we know now is that the attacker deleted current board and back-up data. We are taking the fastest route to restore data, but it may take up to 48 hours to get data back to approximately 9,000 boards. A more manual method requiring upwards of seven to ten days is required to restore data to the other boards that lost data. Regrettably we may not be able to restore data to all boards that lost data.

Second to restoring board data we are gathering information on how the attacker went about his or her business and what evidence was left behind. We are using this information to reduce the opportunity for future attackers as we build our new release. Should you hear or read anything about this attack we would love to know about it at legal@ezboard.com.

You should be aware that there is no evidence that personal information was touched. There was also no opportunity to see or download credit card information as ezboard does not keep credit card numbers on file.

Again, I apologize to you for any inconvenience caused as we value your participation on ezboard today and as we move towards an exciting - and more robust - version of the experience. We are working to restore your systems as fast as possible. Gold Board managers will be receiving information on GB subscription credits in the next few days.

We we keep you updated as the restoration progresses.



Robert Labatt
ezboard, Inc.

06-01-2005, 09:38 PM
I frequent two boards on ezboard and this has been a HUGE pain in the butt! :angry:

I hope they catch the turd(s)!

06-01-2005, 09:42 PM
Crappy to see :(

06-02-2005, 02:16 AM
I use Bidding for travel, too, and it is a valuable tool.

Chip R
06-02-2005, 08:04 AM
Isn't the Sons of Sam Horn Reds Sox board an EZBoard chat room too? If it is I bet they are going nuts.