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UOSS Announcement malware

Discussion in 'UHall' started by Lord Chaos, May 13, 2010.

  1. Lord Chaos

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    When I go to click on the announcement I am immediately told that Stratics links to a malware site called game902.com and I cannot progress further. What the heck is up with this? Stratics got infected again?
     
  2. Petra Fyde

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    Not to my knowledge.

    I just googled:
    What is the current listing status for game902.com?
    Site is listed as suspicious - visiting this web site may harm your computer.
    Part of this site was listed for suspicious activity 1 time(s) over the past 90 days.


    Norton says This
    What browser are you using?
    what virus checker?
    Do you remember what advert was showing at the time?
    any other info you can give me that will help. I'll get it checked out asap.

    There is no link to that site, or any other, contained in the announcement.
     
  3. Lord Chaos

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    Google Chrome and it is its build in checker that warns, I don't even get a chance to see anything, I just get the warning page.
     
  4. Petra Fyde

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    oki, I have one other incidence of this, also from a user of 'chrome'. I've a feeling this is a false alarm, but I've passed it on anyway.

    It is certainly not related to the announcement, there are no links in that, just text.
     
  5. Petra Fyde

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    Since your browser won't let you access it. Here's a copy/paste of the announcement:
     
  6. Llewen

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    Ugh Petra, don't be stressed. I've got some amazing Mexican hot chocolate, would you like some?
     
  7. Tazar

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    Hmmm... That would sound good if it were not already 80 degrees here. :p

    Hopefully the issue with Chrome or the whatever ad is causing it can be tracked down soon.
     
  8. Petra Fyde

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    I would love hot chocolate, but I think it would be something less than lukewarm by the time it arrived :D
     
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    Depends on your definition of "warmth" - the original hot chocolate recipes from the Aztec & Maya used ground hot peppers as a catalyst, as the active ingredient in those interacts with the chocolate and your taste buds to make the chocolate flavor really "pop", without actually having any of the pepper flavor. "Mexican" recipes (and there are variants of brownies and chocolate cake mixes as well) retain the ground peppers.
     
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    I can duplicate the issue here. It appears one of the ads that is cycling is causing the problem. I cant see which one, because my browser protection kicks me to my homepage when it sees something it doesn't like. But if I sit and click refresh on the page enough times it happens.
     
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    Same, same, same here... Norton.
     
  13. Lady Aalia

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    yum yum mexican hot chocolate cottage cheese....
    well it could be worse :p
     
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    Refreshed the page aload of times with the ad blocker off, Firefox and AVG don't alert me to anything. :(
     
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    Someone told me we have hot chocolate here! Where do I get a cup ;-)
     
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    so is Stratics more concerned about hot chocolate or getting rid of the virus? someone posts that there is a virus and 6 hours later someone posts that it is still there. what's the problem?
     
  18. Aran

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    The recent change is terrible.
     
  19. Lord Chaos

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    It only happens in the announcement, nowhere else.

    EDIT: Well, it seems to have stopped now, don't get a warning reading the announcement anymore.
     
  20. Cetric

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    No kidding rofl. I was just thinking the same thing
     
  21. Lord Chaos

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    Easy there, it was not a virus warning, but a potential malware warning and not specifically at Stratics or the post, it was simply that the site that one ad linked to or whatever linked to had been reported as having malware on ONE of its pages, which likely weren't even the one linking here on Stratics. Don't worry, you're safe and the problem has been fixed, chocolate or not.
     
  22. Petra Fyde

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    Since I am not a technician there is little, personally, I can do about such problems other than pass them on, which I did immediately. What else would you have me do?
     
  23. Cetric

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    Don't be so Butt Hurt.

    Let me feed it to you this way, i am an IT person, and we recently had a nasty virus outbreak in my company. People see this sort of thing and panic.

    Now what if there was the nasty virus outbreak, people are wondering if they should use their computer(your site) or not, and the billing office walks by the break room, and the entire IT department is in there, joking around, talking about the hot chocolate they have. While there is a problem.



    Granted, you are not the technical people, but you are who the Stratics users see as the people things need to be reported to. Many users don't see a Moderator as someone who just double checks posts, but someone who is responsible for things on the site they are moderating. I agree that all you can do is pass along info, but part of your job as a moderator is to do just that, moderate. Your moderators were trolling a forum with useless information, while users read this post, looking for an update...essentially to feel secure on the site you are moderating.


    Make sense?
     
  24. Evlar

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    I had no idea they could sing "I Believe In Miracles" in Spanish!!

    ;)
     
  25. Llewen

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    Cetric, forget the hot chocolate, you seriously need to go smoke some weed. You'll be happier for it, I promise you... ;)
     
  26. Cetric

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    Hey now, im just playing the role of the bitchy 65 year old accounting lady who needs to retire, and always finds something to ***** about... especially with technology.

    :lol:
     
  27. Petra Fyde

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    Cetric, are you aware of the age and sex of the overly sensitive managing editor of this section of Stratics? rolleyes:

    Actually, I've not been informed that the problem is fixed. I agree if you try to go to that web site you get the warning ingsmsico posted, but I have no evidence that anything on Stratics links to that site. Norton's safeweb ( http://safeweb.norton.com/ ) gives vboard.stratics.com a clean bill of health. Googling our url and looking at the results gives a green, safe, result from AVG's 'safe surfing' checker. Only (as far as I know) chrome threw up a problem. I think it's a fault on their end. which would explain why Lord Chaos says it's fixed but I haven't heard from anyone my end.
     
  28. Lord Chaos

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    Well, it wasn't Stratics that was the problem, but game902 that was. So yeah, Stratics would of course recieve a clean bill of health. There is nothing wrong with Stratics, but something in that announcement for some odd reason linked to game902.
     
  29. Cetric

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    I am now :danceb:
     
  30. Petra Fyde

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    That's what I can't understand Lord Chaos. There are no links in the announcement, none whatsoever, it's just straight text.
     
  31. Lord Chaos

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    Perhaps the ad is content aware and only displayed the specific ad there because of the "account selling" part of the announcement and thats why it got the warning?

    And perhaps the warning disappeared because the ad was rotated out again or removed by the advertisement company.