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Wed May 17, 2017, 10:05 PM

Democratic Underground was vandalized by a script attack on Wednesday afternoon 5/17

Last edited Thu May 18, 2017, 08:22 AM - Edit history (1)

This discussion thread was locked by Skinner (a host of the Announcements group).

Earlier this evening we suffered a script attack that vandalized some of our members' posts with a video message about a right-wing fringe conspiracy theory.

Our software detected the issue and automatically banned the accounts (and reset the passwords) of those members whose posts were vandalized. This is a safety precaution we built into our software to limit damage from attacks like this. We apologize for the inconvenience. Those accounts have all been reinstated. ***See edit below***

The hacker did not gain access to any of your personal data. The hacker did not gain access to any of our website's administrative functions or data.

The vast majority of DU accounts were not affected. Most of you should be able to log back onto the site using the same password you had before. If our software does not accept your password then you will need to use our Lost Password function to get a temporary password assigned to you in order to log in.

We have temporarily turned off the ability to include HTML code in your posts. This is a short-term measure to make the site more secure while we work on a more permanent fix.

If you have any questions or comments about the hack, please post them in this thread.

As always, thank you for your patience and understanding. You all are the best.

Skinner, EarlG, Elad
DU Administrators

*** EDIT: It has come to our attention that some banned accounts have not been reinstated. We are trying to figure out which ones we missed. If you were revoked last evening and have not been reinstated send us an email so we can get you back: admin@democraticunderground.com

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Reply Democratic Underground was vandalized by a script attack on Wednesday afternoon 5/17 (Original post)
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LiberalFighter May 2017 #4
William769 May 2017 #5
sheshe2 May 2017 #50
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Doreen May 2017 #29
oldtime dfl_er May 2017 #91
barbtries May 2017 #99
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thesquanderer May 2017 #131
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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:14 PM

1. Glad you're back up

They're obviously getting very scared.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:15 PM

2. yall did good to keep damage,,,,

low,,,,,, Good Job......

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Response to Cryptoad (Reply #2)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:45 PM

36. +++ agree

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:16 PM

3. Thank you for being prepared.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:17 PM

4. Amazing after I tried getting to DU I didn't try again until 10 minutes

after you got it back running.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:17 PM

5. Thanks for keeping my anxiety to a minimum

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Response to William769 (Reply #5)

Wed May 17, 2017, 11:10 PM

50. EarlG had to help me back on....

I was PPred! I was like what? Shocked! Minimal heart palpitations...lol

We back!

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #50)

Thu May 18, 2017, 10:08 AM

164. oh my, that must have been a shocker!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:18 PM

6. Nice save, guys! And WOW! Fast recovery. WayTaGo!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:18 PM

7. Keep up the good work

and thanks.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:19 PM

8. Interesting how this happened when they announced Robert Mueller as Special Counsel.

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Response to LiberalFighter (Reply #8)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:21 PM

10. yes the timing is certainly suspicious n/t

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Response to LiberalFighter (Reply #8)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:40 PM

29. That is exactly what my boyfriend said.

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Response to LiberalFighter (Reply #8)

Thu May 18, 2017, 01:08 AM

91. I think so too

but to what end?

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Response to LiberalFighter (Reply #8)

Thu May 18, 2017, 02:53 AM

99. yeah, the last time it happened

trump was being made president

lucky me, i was around for both. yesterday not nearly as bad, but the timing was suspicious.

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Response to barbtries (Reply #99)

Thu May 18, 2017, 03:52 AM

107. The timing is SO obvious. Last time it was on about election day, was it?

I figured it was so DU couldn't rally people to the polls. It was MORE than suspicious. It was OBVIOUS!!!!

This time...someone was ANGRY. About Mueller? Or just everything?

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #107)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:53 AM

130. it was during the election last time

i was alone in a hotel in philadelphia jumping out of my skin and DU was lost for weeks iirc

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Response to LiberalFighter (Reply #8)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:54 AM

131. I don't think that had anything to do with it.

Face it, no matter WHAT day they chose to attack, SOMETHING crazy would be going on.

It may be human nature to see connection when two things happen at once, but there was nothing more "disruptable" about yesterday than any other Trumpday lately.

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Response to thesquanderer (Reply #131)

Thu May 18, 2017, 08:02 AM

143. I agree.

It started happening before the news from WashPost popped up on my computer, and besides that, the hack would have required a little amateur planning and execution.

It's human nature to try to connect things like this, but it's also common fallacious logic.

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Response to thesquanderer (Reply #131)

Thu May 18, 2017, 08:40 PM

179. I agree too, but

the timing on election day was no coincidence. I wonder if there have been any users in here with IP addresses in Macedonia or St. Petersburg.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:20 PM

9. thanks, glad you're back

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:22 PM

11. Thanks for responding so fast, Skinner

I am impressed with how fast and how well you have responded!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:22 PM

12. Congratulations on getting things back so quickly!

Crazy day... but thanks for being on top of it. These disruptions mean this site is getting an important job done and is needed!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:23 PM

13. Thank you Skinner

DU, you, and Elad have been extremely upfront and very correct in how you've handled these matters. I truly appreciate the professionalism here.

L-

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:23 PM

14. WOW! I just deleted all of my DU "saved to home page" icons (about 75). Oh well.

At least everything is safe...I am too paranoid I guess.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:24 PM

15. Thanks

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:25 PM

16. i was having a problem getting du to load late this afternoon

i blamed my stupid computer.

glad i don't have to deal with finding someone to fix my computer before i'm able to go on du again.
sorry du had a problem.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:25 PM

17. Out of habit, I typed in the website and it opened.

SO HAPPY TO SEE YOUR BACK SO SOON!
I wish you had an app, like Reddit.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:26 PM

18. Thank you for pulling it back together. nt

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:26 PM

19. Good work and fast. Thank you, much appreciated.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:27 PM

20. Great job getting us back up, DU Crew- and thanks for getting the word out while we were down.

Take that, Litha Flowers!

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Response to NBachers (Reply #20)

Wed May 17, 2017, 11:53 PM

71. I wanted to strangle Litha



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Response to radical noodle (Reply #71)

Thu May 18, 2017, 01:29 AM

93. Wasn't She Awful?

I got to be nastier on than I am here. It was delicious.

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Response to Leith (Reply #93)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:30 AM

127. She sure was.

She's gone now I take it?

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Response to radical noodle (Reply #71)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:11 AM

122. I alerted Facebook on her account, and then blocked her

Her page was empty of any content, which is pretty common for fake accounts. Last I heard they were still "reviewing".

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Response to NBachers (Reply #20)

Thu May 18, 2017, 03:20 AM

102. I don't know when or how, but Litha Flowers was already blocked on my FB

I wondered what you all were talking about.

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Response to Yonnie3 (Reply #102)

Thu May 18, 2017, 10:53 AM

169. She arrived very soon after the hack

She is either watching us or knew about the hack in some other way

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Response to NBachers (Reply #20)

Fri May 19, 2017, 07:15 AM

181. I suspect that was Library Girl but folks who have served on MIRT

 

Would know her MO better than me.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:29 PM

21. Thank you! Someone must not like what we're talking about, eh?

fuckers

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:34 PM

22. Just typical of the Republicans

If you don't like what people are saying; use dirty tricks.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:36 PM

23. Good Job Getting This Hack Attack Under Control!!

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Response to LovingA2andMI (Reply #23)

Wed May 17, 2017, 11:49 PM

69. Ditto!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:36 PM

24. Yeah for a fast return

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:36 PM

25. Thanks

 

And sorry for my annoying DM and tweets.

I thought this was going to be another election hack.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:37 PM

26. No problem, guys.

Fortunately, it was a very slow news day ...

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Response to NanceGreggs (Reply #26)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:40 PM

30. Couldn't have said it better myself

Perfect..

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:38 PM

27. Can you tell if those who were vandalized (and auto-banned) were targeted intentionally?

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #27)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:44 PM

34. I was auto-banned after I clicked on a post with malware

I got a black screen, then I was auto-logged out of DU. When I tried to login, I got Posting Privilege Revoked.

I was like "What did I do?" "Did I piss someone off". It was a creepy feeling.

I don't think I was targeted. Just the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #34)

Wed May 17, 2017, 11:34 PM

62. +1, I got all that, too, but had tried to click around to warn what I was seeing,

and it looked like it was replicating (?), if that's how you describe it. Then I thought I saw (maybe... it happened fast) a countdown clock (didn't get a black screen, though) before I scrambled to close screens and turn the power off.

WOW!

I see Skinner's explanation about what happened -- thanks Skinner!

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #34)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:06 AM

120. Yep... "creepy feeling" is right. When I saw how the video went to FULL SCREEN mode automatically...

... I knew something was wrong.

Glad it's over and everything is back to normal so quickly.

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #27)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:49 PM

41. No, the accounts were not targeted.

It happened automatically to anyone who clicked on a post that had been vandalized.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:40 PM

28. Glad you're back, but I had to go through the hassle of getting a new password.

Were certain specific accounts targeted?

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:41 PM

31. I really appreciate your near immediate response to my email, Skinner.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:42 PM

32. Thanks Skinner, EarlG and Elad

for reinstating us that got our posting privileges restored due to the hack. Great job getting back online!!

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Response to GP6971 (Reply #32)

Thu May 18, 2017, 09:02 AM

152. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:44 PM

33. Wow! You guys got right on this.

Thank you for all the work getting DU up and running again so quickly!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:45 PM

35. Good work doodz. (n/t)

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:45 PM

37. Thanks so much for getting us back online!!!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:46 PM

38. Thank you for being able to get DU back up quickly.

I started to go through withdrawal right away. It is odd because I got a hack warning and it just kept working until I actually went off site to go to something else then it would not come up at all. Like I said it was odd. When I just came back on it just came back like I had never left except a statement about being hacked.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:46 PM

39. TY Skinner!

Withdrawal is horrible

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:46 PM

40. One bit of damage they did

Is they made the donation button harder to find. Post it prominently as I imagine traffic is up with the moron in the WH--and you could probably use a beer or a soda or something after today.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:50 PM

42. On (5/17/17(today) myonline experience remains odd; but thanks Skinner and Admin for fine work.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:53 PM

43. You Admins are phenomenal. Thank you so much.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:55 PM

44. Thank you so much!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 10:56 PM

45. Our news site had a script attack today too, just as I posted a story on the Trump-Russia scandal.

A day earlier we had all sorts of comments posted in Russian on the site.

I suspect someone didn't like what we posted or had keyed things to trigger the attack if we posted certain words, perhaps. Thankfully our wise webmaster prevented any damage.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 11:02 PM

46. Thank you!

For the swift reaction and return of our beloved forums. We really need each other more than ever.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 11:07 PM

47. Thank you! I'm so glad it's back. Losing my tiny mind all day without this place.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 11:08 PM

48. Can you trace the attack using your log files?

There was a poster named skinner22 posting the Seth Rich thing. I sent an alert on that and another identical post in the same thread. Let's do some crowd source forensics and go after these fools.

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Response to L. Coyote (Reply #48)

Wed May 17, 2017, 11:24 PM

57. I alerted on that post also and then things got strange.

Kicked off but now back.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 11:09 PM

49. Thank you!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 11:11 PM

51. I hope

They catch the bastards doing this.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 11:12 PM

52. THANK YOU ALL!

for getting DU back up so quickly!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 11:13 PM

53. Finally!

That's a real bummer!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 11:14 PM

54. Thank you so very much!

I rely on DU to keep me current with what's going on and a major source of support in these troubled times. Thank you so much for keeping it here for us all!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 11:17 PM

55. Thanks for your fast work!

It's a relief to have DU back online.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 11:19 PM

56. Thanks guys. Figured something eventful must be happening that

triggered their contempt of DU. Thanks for being prepared and steadfast. DU rocks.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 11:25 PM

58. Thank you for all you do! n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 11:26 PM

59. Thanks to the Admins! Great job with this.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 11:30 PM

60. That's life on the internets today

Good job getting back

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 11:32 PM

61. Thank you so very much for all you do!

Thank you for existing, persevering, maintaining, tirelessly and grounded in Democratic values for the last 16 years. Wishing you and all of us many more together. You are my heroes.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 11:36 PM

63. Da

best!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 11:38 PM

64. Thanks for the quick fix.

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Wed May 17, 2017, 11:38 PM

65. Thanks!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 11:43 PM

66. Whew, so glad you are back up

I've not watched the "news" shows since the election and this is where I come for real coverage, been too busy at work to view much so night time is the right time.


Peace

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 11:48 PM

67. Y'all rock. Welcome back everybody.

Boy, FB DU was trollville.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 11:48 PM

68. Great job

getting back up so quickly! Thanks, guys!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 11:52 PM

70. I missed you!

I'm really glad you kicked that little script kiddy in the butt so fast this time. You guys are the best!!

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Response to herding cats (Reply #70)

Thu May 18, 2017, 04:43 AM

111. herding cats, I apologize for calling you out. In my ignorance with how this hijacking works I saw

DONT FORGET SETH RICH in the subject line of your post and thought you and Chevy initiated it. My sincere apologies. I deleted the post this morning but I'm afraid someone copied it to DI.

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Response to seaglass (Reply #111)

Thu May 18, 2017, 08:08 AM

144. No harm done!

It's very sweet of you to apologize, but not necessary. Things like that can be confusing, and I could care less what they post about me at DI.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 17, 2017, 11:55 PM

72. Thank you

I am lost without DU, especially in these times, so a big thank you!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 12:04 AM

73. Thanks for being on the ball........

when I tried to access DU and saw that message.........oh no, not AGAIN! But you guys are on the ball and stopped the S.O.B. dead on his tracks! I can't believe you're up and running already. Bravo!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 12:04 AM

74. Thank you.

You kicked ass.

Well done.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 12:05 AM

75. Thanks for all you do, Skinner, EarlG, Elad!

I lobe this site more and more!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 12:08 AM

76. they know this site makes a difference!

same as election night! one goal of any "war" is to disrupt enemy communications. funny how this happens right when the boom lowers on Donnie Moscow!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 12:13 AM

77. Glad DU is back!

 

That was fast guys, GJ!

The special snowflakes on the right must be scared shitless to do crap like that. I wish they could be caught and prosecuted.

Punks like that need lots of jail time.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 12:14 AM

78. Is that why the times on the posts are way off?

or is it just me?

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 12:15 AM

79. Is there a way to prevent this from happening again

like something we as members need to do?

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #79)

Thu May 18, 2017, 12:39 AM

84. You may need to reset your time zone in your preferences.

I had to, but I thought that was because my account was nuked as one of the infected ones. Maybe everyone had to, though?

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 12:17 AM

80. Thank you.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 12:17 AM

81. Holy crap is this going to be a regular thing with Right Wingers?

I am glad you guys are prepared but this FUCKING hatred from Right wingers is stupid but I don't expect much more from Republicans. They are a despicable bunch!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 12:27 AM

82. We will resist!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 12:38 AM

83. Welcome Back

Good job guys. Thank you for your speedy recovery.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 12:41 AM

85. Great job detecting attack and getting back online quickly. Also protecting readership.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 12:42 AM

86. Thanks, Skinner, EarlG, and Elad!

I thought I had been PPRed!

Shocked like on Election night only it didn't last as long..

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 12:52 AM

87. You have earned medals for heroic action in cyber warfare. N/T

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 12:55 AM

88. we're BACK.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 12:58 AM

89. Wow!

Twice in less than 6 months! Been here a long time and I don't ever remember it being this bad when Bush was president. Good grief...and we thought Bush being president was bad. Little did we know...

But, you guys are sure on top of it! Awesome job! Thank-you! You guys do indeed rock!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 01:08 AM

90. One or more of my latest comments were removed, presumably resulting from the attack.

I was attempting to access DU twice and got the eerie message followed by a black page with Asian-type script.
Then I noticed that I was locked out or removed from DU.
Finally, I'm back on, but with a new password, which may be a problem in the future, as I can only remember 2 passwords, and it's recommended that I not use older passwords.

Glad to be back on, and, yes, I missed DU during those hours.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 01:11 AM

92. I'm really getting tired of these site-hacking assholes!

If they want to hack something, why don't they hack a foot up their ass.

Thanks for bringing us back.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 01:55 AM

94. good deal!

everything is working good here.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 02:06 AM

95. The noose tightens

So the maggot lovers panic.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 02:06 AM

96. As always, thank you

SO much for all the work that you all do!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 02:07 AM

97. Wow

U guys must scare the sh$t out of our rePulsive friends. Keep up the good work.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 02:35 AM

98. Fast return

Thanks!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 02:57 AM

100. Thank you

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 03:13 AM

101. Thanks a million Skinner, EarlG, and Elad !

So happy it was short lived. I get my news and happy stuff here!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 03:31 AM

103. Great job getting the site up so fast

And I suppose these kinds of attacks will only increase as the battle comes to a head. Together we will all get through this disaster. Resist.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 03:39 AM

104. Thank You!

Great job getting us back up! Clearly the right doesn't like what we have to say.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 03:49 AM

105. So great to have DU back!!!! Someone thinks DU has too much influence! Russia? nt

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 03:51 AM

106. Thanks. It's great that you cleaned it up so quickly.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 04:22 AM

108. Thank you all and great job bringing DU back!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 04:26 AM

109. Thanks to the Admins

for having a trigger that activated safety mechanisms to limit h4X0r damage. Real life testing for sure.

Real coincidental regarding the timing.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 04:37 AM

110. Well done, Skinner, EarlG, Elad and all admins.

First-class effort, as always. Thanks so much!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 04:57 AM

112. Kudos Admins

I bet WTF? is way out if stock now.
Was my exact words upon getting the Seth message.

We have some catching up to do!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 04:58 AM

113. Thank you

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 05:17 AM

114. Happy to see you back so soon.

I was on when it happened and boy, scary stuff. Those a$$holes!

I'd been checking all day for the opening of the May Photo Contest--which just happens coincidentally to have the theme of
"The Sacred Mystery"--when boom, mysterious and nefarious things start happening to a post I was making!

Ack!

Thanks for getting back so soon!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 05:18 AM

115. Thank you for all that you do

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 05:21 AM

116. This hacking is not funny at all.

Can the police investigate it as a cyber hate crime?

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 05:46 AM

117. Thanks. Good job bringing DU back up so quickly.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 05:47 AM

118. Thanks to all of you, Skinner.

Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:05 AM

119. Right wingers support

the biggest Russian intelligence operation since The Trust in Dzerzhinsky's days.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:06 AM

121. Thanks so much for all you do for us!

This was a quick recovery!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:13 AM

123. Great job Skinner, EarlG and Elad!

 

Do you have a sense of how far back one's posts were vandalized?

On an amusing note, it seems that Library Girl was active on the DU Facebook page being nasty. I think she called herself Litha Flowers.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:19 AM

124. Thanks!!! n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:23 AM

125. we must be threatening somebody! ;)

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:25 AM

126. Thank you!

With great worry, I emailed "the administrators" and I got a reply almost right away! You all are just wonderful!


This attack reminds me that "the other side" is desperate and they don't have a leg to stand on with their ideas and beliefs. The only thing they can do is attack.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:30 AM

128. EarlG, Elad, & Skinner are pros. The FReak site is still down and has been down for days. . . nt

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:34 AM

129. Clearly We're Doing Something Right!!! KEEP IT UP!!!!

If we're pissing them off enough to attack us then we're doing it right!

Good work Admins!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:55 AM

132. I disagree

 

We cannot be the best because you all are!

Thanks!!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:58 AM

133. Thank you!

You are helping save my sanity!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 07:02 AM

134. Thank you, Skinner!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 07:27 AM

135. Excellent quick recovery.

Additionally, thanks for reinstating me.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 07:28 AM

136. Thanks Skinner, EarlG and Elad

I had a sinking feeling when we went down. Nice save.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 07:30 AM

137. I see these attacks as evidence the DU is pissing off someone who has something to worry about

Great job admins.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 07:35 AM

138. Home again home again jiggedy jog!! Bravo!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 07:41 AM

139. I suspect it is the Russians. They had posters on DU with obvious propaganda against Ukraine,

and I don't think anybody can untangle the posts designed to put Bernie and Hillary supporters at each others throats (remember how supporters on both sides kept expressing surprise about accusations of over-the-wall attacks on their candidate by the other side?). DU proved inhospitable to the Russian sock puppets, so they're resorting to taking us down instead.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 07:53 AM

140. No, no.... YOU all are the best!!!

Thank you for restoring our home away from home so quickly!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 07:53 AM

141. Sorry, duplicate.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 08:01 AM

142. Good catch.... Good job.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 08:12 AM

145. Thanks, Guys!

Y'all did good with communication!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 08:19 AM

146. Thanks for the fast work getting the site back online.

The two attacks are disturbing. I wish the culprit could be found.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 08:21 AM

147. Alright! I'm back, thanks Skinner for working so fast on this.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 08:22 AM

148. If I can find this Seth character ass**** that crashed the site with his message of his version

of his right wing god, he has no god, he's an ass****





Wado------------to the DU team, and to all of the members, that are getting under the proverbial skin of these right wing trolls, we always come back, because we have TRUTH and FACTS on our side, they (right wing ass****) have nothing






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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 08:23 AM

149. THanks so much for your tireless efforts to keep us safe, guys. We must really be rattling them

to be the focus of their repeated attacks. Good. They should be.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 08:57 AM

150. I would be happy to donate to help hire a top flight security business to catch these people.

Use the business that worked for Hillary campaign. Catch these people because they will be back again and again.

These attacks are criminal.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 08:57 AM

151. Thank you - Thank you - Thank you!!!

Only down a few hours - feels like days

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 09:02 AM

153. Thanks for the quick response...

and for being here.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 09:11 AM

154. Thanks for being on it

Though I rarely post i spend more time here than any other place on the internet. The loyal Democrats here give a much better analysis of the news than all of the talking heads put together. I miss you when your down.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 09:24 AM

155. Well done.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 09:25 AM

156. I had to ask for a new password

It worked fine. Thanks.

Obviously, we're getting under some folks' skins.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 09:37 AM

157. Thank you for all your hard work. I am curious whether the site was somewhat protected by efforts

that perhaps were taken after the last hacking.

In other words, did you put protections in place last time to make sure that the site would not be as vulnerable to attack in the future?

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Response to StevieM (Reply #157)

Thu May 18, 2017, 09:42 AM

158. Yes, we did.

We're not taking a victory lap here because we would have preferred this didn't happen at all. But yes it appears that many of the changes we made after the last hack did serve to limit the damage this time.

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Response to Skinner (Reply #158)

Thu May 18, 2017, 09:47 AM

160. Great work, Skinner!!

And after what you went through you deserve a victory lap.

BTW, I am so happy to learn that I am not on your ignore list. I often wondered if I got put on it during the sometimes combative Clinton/Obama primary back in 2008.

I put up a post last year proclaiming: "Armen Tamzarian's reign of terror is over!" I figured you would get the reference. And I thought you would be amused. But you never replied so it got me wondering.

Anyway, thank you so much for making this site a fun place for Democrats to come and express our beliefs, our frustrations and our hopes for the future. You guys are the best!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 09:43 AM

159. Thanks, guys.

and thank you David for bringing me back.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 09:54 AM

161. Thank You Admins!

DU is the BEST!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 09:57 AM

162. Thank you to ALL admins - password reset...eom

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 10:04 AM

163. glad I missed it, but you three are clearly right on top of things. so glad it wasn't worse!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 10:13 AM

165. We are all grateful for the quick repair! Thanks!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 10:18 AM

166. Good job.

They were probably using Windows 95.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 10:45 AM

167. Thanks for the fast recovery! And...

DAMN THOSE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!


I bolded the above but it didn't come out bold, FYI...

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Response to ailsagirl (Reply #167)

Thu May 18, 2017, 12:56 PM

171. HTML has been temporarily turned off, according to the announcement, as a security measure

bolding, italics, underlining, excerpt, blockquote, and pretty much all other formatting features are implemented with html, e.g. bold is implemented by {b} {/b} (but where the curly braces are replaced by square brackets)

I sure miss it -- the Economy Statistics pages at my sigline is now a long wall of sometimes undecipherable text without it. Some of the tables are now no longer tables but just a string of numbers (sigh).

But yes, security is far more important.

>> I bolded the above but it didn't come out bold, FYI... <<

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 10:51 AM

168. RUSSIANS

 

I bet it was THE RUSSIANS!

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Response to Thula1 (Reply #168)

Thu May 18, 2017, 12:04 PM

170. ..... nt

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 01:01 PM

172. Thanks for getting us back up so quickly!

Had to change my password, but I'll get used to it . I should change it more often anyway.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 01:39 PM

173. thank you DU

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 03:59 PM

174. I changed my password

So glad you're back!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 04:22 PM

175. Glad y'all are up!!!

WTF is WRONG with these asshats?

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 04:22 PM

176. Good job guys. Glad to have DU back. The timing of this hack is very

suspicious.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 04:43 PM

177. Thank you. Surely missed when you're gone! DU is indispensable. n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:11 PM

178. Why do the thugs keep attacking this blog?

I find it stupid for them to do so. what do they hope to gain? A half a day of a blog being down? You are not going to knock one out.
But, DU must upset the right enough...
I am glad to see this blog back up and running and hackers will not knock it out!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 02:46 AM

180. Thank you, Skinner, for all your help! I'm back after being PPR'd yesterday.

I didn't make a post, I called up DU and was immediately called for a jury. I weighed in on the jury, then a video inexplicably popped up which I reflexively backed out of, but I was immediately logged out and when I tried logging back in, I got a message saying my "account was revoked." I've always wondered what happened with this and now I know. And once was more than enough. Thanks again for the quick response and for all you guys do!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #180)

Sat May 20, 2017, 01:50 PM

182. I knew they'd catch you sooner or later

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Reply #182)

Sun May 21, 2017, 08:06 AM

185. Unless I missed something, this would have been a first

Banning someone currently on MIRT.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #185)

Sun May 21, 2017, 08:13 AM

186. Maybe just a warning to you

Watch that rowdy behavior in the lounge and no more hoverboard races in the editorials forum.

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Reply #186)

Sun May 21, 2017, 08:20 AM

188. Who has the time?!

We always thought it DTG took a break, we'd have nothing to do! But others have stepped in to fill the vacuum...

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #188)

Sun May 21, 2017, 09:01 AM

189. Work always expands to fit the time available...

...and then some. Everyone appreciates your dedication...

...well maybe not the spammers and disruptors but the many fine folks here do.


---And also the others like me who aren't quite so fine.




Have a great DU day where a day in MIRT is always a party!

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Reply #189)

Sat May 27, 2017, 11:44 PM

191. Thank you!

I somehow missed this post earlier. I was struggling to keep up after I finally managed to come back. And I'm so glad to see you back on MIRT! I've always said it's the friendliest forum on DU!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #191)

Sun May 28, 2017, 07:45 AM

192. You're welcome

Have my favorite Irish blessing:

May those who love us, love us;
And for those who don't love us,
May God turn their hearts;
And if He doesn't turn their hearts,
May He turn their ankles,
So we will know them by their limping!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #180)

Sat May 20, 2017, 02:09 PM

183. They let YOU back in???

That must've been really weird, being temp banned. I got the floating text, immediately backed out of and tried to reload too. "Wtf was that?"I missed the video so didn't get temp banned. I'm glad you're back.

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #183)

Sat May 20, 2017, 04:17 PM

184. I got temp banned and PPR'ed also

To say I was shocked is pretty accurate LOL

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #183)

Sun May 21, 2017, 08:17 AM

187. Thanks! But I changed my screen name so slightly that even you may not have noticed

Last edited Fri Jul 14, 2017, 06:58 AM - Edit history (1)

I learned that from our most persistent disruptor.

And I always wondered what happened when someone was banned. Now I know and it's not pleasant. But I'm hardly alone, others on MIRT were temporarily banned, too. I just hope that there aren't others who can't find their way back, like has happened with the previous hack.

And I'm glad, too! I felt cut off from the rest of the world...

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Sat May 27, 2017, 09:02 AM

190. Fingerprints?

Along with mitigating the effects of the attack (which it sounds like you're on top of) and plugging the security hole(s) that enabled this attack, it could be worthwhile to look for the perps' digital fingerprints. Any efforts along that line?

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Jun 12, 2017, 06:01 AM

193. Any idea when HTML code will be allowed again?

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Response to TexasProgresive (Reply #193)

Tue Jun 20, 2017, 03:40 PM

194. Will HTML codes in posts display correctly when HTML is turned on again?

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Response to NNadir (Reply #194)

Wed Jun 21, 2017, 01:29 PM

195. yes they will nt

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jun 21, 2017, 01:30 PM

196. any idea when HTML formatting will be turned back on ?

I'm really really missing the excerpt function

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jun 28, 2017, 03:52 PM

197. You guys are always on top of it-- thank you!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jul 18, 2017, 02:58 PM

199. UPDATE: It looks like the DU HTML is back - YAYY!!!!

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I've learned that the excerpt feature is especially helpful in terms of separating quotes from commentary, and in some cases, fact from opinion. At any rate, I kept coding my DU posts as usual and kept the faith that this day would come.

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone.


-- Joni Mitchell



rocktivity

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #199)

Tue Jul 18, 2017, 05:51 PM

200. yay!



or maybe I should say


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Response to rocktivity (Reply #199)

Tue Jul 18, 2017, 05:51 PM

201. +1

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #199)

Tue Jul 18, 2017, 09:12 PM

203. yay!!!! nt

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #199)

Wed Jul 19, 2017, 02:42 AM

204. Oh! Great idea! And thank you for letting us know!

Wish I'd thought of that...

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jul 18, 2017, 05:52 PM

202. Thanks, you're awesome

Thanks, you're awesome

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