HowardForums hacked?

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This morning when I try to go to HowardForums.com, I keep getting redirected to some random other site. I tried both form my PC and android tablet with the same results. Anyone else having this problem?

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Seems so.


So it looks like they had their domain name stolen. Site goes down fairly often considering they are fairly well known, so it is not that surprising that something like this happened. I have always gotten the impression that those guys do their site on the cheap.

In this last instance, I think it was redirecting last night. Then for a little while, it worked properly. Soon after that though, it began redirecting again and as of now it still doing this.

I tried it twice just now. It is still doing it. I am running my malware cleaner now just in case.

UPDATE................FACEBOOK. https://www.facebook.com/howardforums

you can use howardforum.com for now.

Some members here have had their GoDaddy domains hijacked.

Howard Chui here, owner and administrator of HowardForums.com. Iím sending you this email to inform you that the domain, www.howardforums.com was stolen over the past weekend. Because of this Iíve temporarily moved HowardForums to http://www.howardforum.com (no Ďsí)

I'm currently working with my registrar, GoDaddy on getting it back. While I initially thought GoDaddy wouldn't do anything till Monday, after a few hours they got back to me. Since then, they have been working with me to get the domain back so kudos to them helping me on the weekend.

Our stolen domain was transferred away to http://www.austdomains.com.au. GoDaddy has contacted them twice and is waiting for them to respond. Hopefully things will go smoothly so we can get our domain back.

In case you're wondering, our forum data is unrelated to the domain so it is safe. Since only HowardForums.com was stolen itís safe to use http://www.howardforum.com. You can go ahead and login like you would normally at http://www.howardforum.com. Since some things are linked to howardforums.com features like our iOS and Android apps may or may not work properly. That said Tapatalk should work fine.

How did this happen? My GoDaddy account is attached to a family member's email. I did this so that our domains would be safe in case anyone ever tried to break into MY email. While the family member's email is used for other things it doesn't have anything else to do with the forum besides the domain. Last week, we were forced to log into this email at a hotel business center in order to print out something. Normally, I know better but we were in a bind. I suspect our thief was able to capture our email and password using a keylogger then.

The thief used the email to reset our GoDaddy account and then transferred the domain away. Before they did this they set up filters to automatically delete subsequent emails from GoDaddy. This would keep us from realizing our domain was about to be transferred away plus it would create the illusion that everything is okay.

Regardless, I apologize to all of you for our downtime and thank you for your support. I'll let you all know more as the situation unfolds.

See you at HoFo! We're currently talking about the new iPhone 5!
http://www.howardforum.com/content.php/1094-Our-iPhone-5-coverage

We've even got an anti-iPhone thread!

Howard Chui
owner, administrator HowardForums.com

Thanks for the update Howard. The info on how this could have happened is a good warning for us all.

I used your forums a lot back in the Sony Ericsson days (was even a sponsor). I wish you the best on getting it back quickly.

Ob es noch nicht finden k?nnen, die richtige Laptop-Batterie und Not, Sony Ob die Preise noch Ling Lang Łberall verwechselt,Hier wird Ihnen eine zufriedenstellende Referenz.



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