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Crash and Burn - Malware - Held Hostage
« on: May 24, 2019, 05:37:13 PM »
A week ago InMotionHosting.com, our hosting outfit, detected malware on some files. They would not tell me what the malware was, or which files were affected. They moved my complete account over to Quarantine, and hosed not only Fishyfish, but a bunch of other websites I host.

Sometime recently InMotionHosting.com removed the Malware Scanning Software they had in Cpanel, thus creating an almost impossible scenario.  They pushed for me to visit their partner Securi and pay them upwards of $1600-1800 to find and destroy the malware. Every time I'd contact InMotionHosting.com they'd take on average 24 hours to respond, adding insult to injury.

I finally found another Hosting Company who has migrated my Cpanel files over, and scanned and gave me a list of suspected files and malware. I've removed those files. I am in the middle of fixing DNS services, and then rescanning for Malware, and I'll be resetting passwords and updating all software hosted on the fishyfish.com server.

I want to publicly thank Bob Lanham and John Klistof  for generously donating a wad of money to help offset the pain. Thank you Gentlemen!

Dust will take a bit to settle as the Domain Name Servers propagate the domains here there, and everywhere.

My humble apologies for all this. I am still perplexed how the Malware got in. I suspect it came from FTP because the malware was not in the normal Wordpress files. Something stinks at InMotionHosting.

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Re: Crash and Burn - Malware - Held Hostage
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2019, 07:43:52 PM »
The site seems to be back strong. Did a little poking around . Welcome back, sounds like a long week.

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Re: Crash and Burn - Malware - Held Hostage
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2019, 10:37:42 PM »
Thanks for your diligence in fixing the site... much appreciated!

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Re: Crash and Burn - Malware - Held Hostage
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2019, 06:29:39 AM »
And big thanks to Paul Alagna  for his very generous donation. It directly gets used to pay for hosting.


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Re: Crash and Burn - Malware - Held Hostage
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2019, 07:03:23 AM »
 Again thanks for going 'once again thru the breech' to keep the legacy alive. B & B

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Re: Crash and Burn - Malware - Held Hostage
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2019, 09:48:21 AM »
Just banned a bunch of bots. Again. More bots to be banned I'm sure.

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Re: Crash and Burn - Malware - Held Hostage
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2019, 09:49:51 AM »
Thank you Roger Morris  for another very generous donation. The lights will stay on!

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Re: Crash and Burn - Malware - Held Hostage
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2019, 03:45:10 PM »
Another awesome and generous donation from Michael Shishkowsky. Thank you!

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Re: Crash and Burn - Malware - Held Hostage
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2019, 04:43:45 PM »
Thank you Steve for all the hard work you do to keep the forum going.  Wealth of information here that needs to be preserved. Many open minded folks sharing knowledge. 
Everyone needs to realize that besides Steve's hard work,  it also costs money to keep this going. Especially when disaster strikes,  like this past week.

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Re: Crash and Burn - Malware - Held Hostage
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2019, 05:26:27 AM »
Thanks Steve!  This site is what makes a Tolman an open source design. All of our boats are better due to your efforts.

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Re: Crash and Burn - Malware - Held Hostage
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2019, 08:17:11 AM »
And big thanks to Jim Shula for his super generous donation!

Yes, [email protected] is my paypal. Thanks for all the kind words. I still think I owe Renn for all the joy he and his design gave me over the years. I’ll keep at it till I’m pushing up daisies.

Probably past time to come up with ideas on how to keep it going should I reach a point of no longer being able to tend to the forum.

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Re: Crash and Burn - Malware - Held Hostage
« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2019, 12:36:38 PM »
And another big thank you to Dave Wright for a generous donation!


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Re: Crash and Burn - Malware - Held Hostage
« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2019, 06:39:52 PM »
Thank you Scott Risan for another generous donation!

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Re: Crash and Burn - Malware - Held Hostage
« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2019, 06:40:37 PM »
Thank you Lea Reynolds  for a super generous donation!

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Re: Crash and Burn - Malware - Held Hostage
« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2019, 07:23:00 AM »
Thank you Paul Fithian for generous donation!