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NewsMaster
6/12/2014 1:52:58 PM


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Extended voting and submission for recent contests

As you have probably noticed the site suffered a massive downtime this Thursday (overall about 10 hours thought it was running for 2-3 minutes several times in between). The cause is still not fully known, but the technicians think it was possibly an attempt to hack into the server by sending massive number of login requests per second. We have strengthened the security settings in our firewall and made several tweaks in our site scripts to prevent this happening in the future.
The site is now running faster too (though it will likely be noticeable only to our international members, as the US connection used to be very decent even before the incident).

Due to the submission/vote times lost to downtimes we have extended the voting in the Hillary 2016 contest by 12 hours, and have extended the submission times in Flag Day and Celeb Fathers contests also by 12 hours.

The good (freaking) news is that we are back!

This comment was edited by NewsMaster at 6/12/2014 1:54:48 PM.
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NewsMaster
Independents
6/12/2014 2:59:09 PM


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Apparently some issues still remain, we are looking into it. Meanwhile you may find the site up and down sporadically.
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Hitspinner
Independents
6/12/2014 8:01:31 PM


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I thought it was me! Bummer. If you find and can name the hacker, there are a few of us here that will gladly rip off his balls and shove them through his eye socket. I hate hackers more than I hate Jihadists. Best of luck, Vlad. Let me know if you need anything

Oh P.S.
I am back from the hospital today and CT shows no sign of problems so they think I have an infection in my inner ear. It is causing impaired vision, vertigo and nausea... like I'm drunk on my ass without the pleasure of getting that way LOL
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Hitspinner
Independents
6/13/2014 2:08:14 AM


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You definitely got a pop-up director When I sent my last message, which did not print I was routed off site to and advertising directory
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Hitspinner
Independents
6/13/2014 3:34:48 AM


Status: Commander in Chief
1:34 AM and the site loaded perfectly and fast.
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NewsMaster
Independents
6/13/2014 6:06:57 AM


Status: Commander in Chief
Just an update to say that we are still having issues though they should be eliminated by the end of Saturday.
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NewsMaster
Independents
6/13/2014 6:12:15 AM


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Thanks for the update, Hits.
If the advert issue happens with you again, please let us know. It is likely a trojan on your PC again ( though it may also be the case that one of our advertisers in rotation got their banner code hacked). I checked the site code and it's clean of any third party code.

P.S. You take care of those new eyes of yours (and the old ears, lol), gotta need them!
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Hitspinner
Independents
6/13/2014 11:59:14 AM


Status: Commander in Chief

On 6/13/2014 6:12:15 AM, NewsMaster said:
Thanks for the update, Hits.
If the advert issue happens with you again, please let us know. It is likely a trojan on your PC again ( though it may also be the case that one of our advertisers in rotation got their banner code hacked). I checked the site code and it's clean of any third party code.

P.S. You take care of those new eyes of yours (and the old ears, lol), gotta need them!



Oki doki, I sure will. MalwareBytes and Bitdefender are both happy at the moment, no notices but I will run a scan just to be safe. When we hunt for pics it is like going to the hospital, full of viruses just waiting for the click LOL

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NewsMaster
Independents
6/14/2014 3:11:03 AM


Status: Commander in Chief
Looks like we completely solved the "downtime issue", but in order to do it we changed many settings and did a lot of modifications in the site scripts. If you notice some bugs as a result of these changes, please post them here. One such bug was the redirect to the homepage after submission of new entries - it has been fixed.
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GarRobMil
Independents
6/14/2014 8:46:30 AM


Status: Commander in Chief
I tried twice to upload an entry to the Celebrity Fathers contest. Everything seemed normal (no error messages) but they never appeared.
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A photochopper is someone who composes the same image day after day without repeating their self.

NewsMaster
Independents
6/14/2014 3:09:03 PM


Status: Commander in Chief
Sorry to hear this, GRM. You must have tried submitting when we were still working on the site. The full fix of contest submit section was implemented about two hours after the Celeb Fathers submissions closed.
Other members have successfully submitted entries after this too.
Please submit this chop to the upcoming Freak Show contest (which should be open in two hours or so).
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GarRobMil
Independents
6/14/2014 3:14:48 PM


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How is it possible to submit entries after the submissions are closed?
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NewsMaster
Independents
6/14/2014 3:57:02 PM


Status: Commander in Chief

On 6/14/2014 3:14:48 PM, GarRobMil said:
How is it possible to submit entries after the submissions are closed?



It shouldn't be possible. I have just tested it and see that it's a new bug since we made changes to the submit script yesterday. Will fix it now.
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NewsMaster
Independents
6/14/2014 7:51:42 PM


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This bug has been fixed.
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Hitspinner
Independents
6/15/2014 4:10:12 AM


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Sweet!
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