Last night around 7:58pm – 8:01pm the site experienced some difficulties as it was under repeated attack from a hacker in the North Street area who also tried to hack our free internet access point.

The multiple attacks on the site and network was blocked each time. The computer initiating the attack was using the access point in North Street, so we have now secured the router. Due to this we will no longer be providing free internet access.

We are also temporarily disabling any new registrations on the site, and resetting all passwords as a security precaution, but we do not believe the person managed to gain access to the site.

Since enabling OpenDNS on our free access points for the Internet, we assigned each user a static IP. OpenDNS records all traffic going across the network, and we are well aware that the person responsible has been spending the past few days looking at hacking sites and other ‘questionable content’.

Without giving too much information away, certain details about their computer has been logged, and we will be providing this information to the police, along with details of the multiple hack attempts and recorded information, and any further information contained in our web logs.

The person responsible has been using our free internet for a while and is obviously unhappy that we put restrictive measures in place to protect our volunteers, which meant some of the sites they were hoping to access became unavailable.

It is a shame that one selfish person has ruined it for the rest of the people using our network, and to try and hack this site was simply maliciousness on that persons part. If they wanted a site unblocked, all they needed to do was ask, as some of our other users have.

Thanks to the hacker for giving us all the extra work in checking over our logs and giving our site a free security test. Hopefully the police will catch you very soon 😉

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4 Comments

  1. kendo181uk

    September 1, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I agree it is a shame that because of this twat thinking he is a would be Kevin Mitnick all the folks that were getting free Internet have lost out. The only good thing however, is that this twat has lost his Internet access to all his questionable sites that he was viewing. I hope, as I’m sure all members do that this twat get his comeuppance with a visit from the police.

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    • Lochgelly

      September 5, 2011 at 2:15 am

      Hopefully the person will get caught, we’ve got a good idea where they stay as the router didn’t broadcast that far, so not very smart of the person.

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  2. crabbit

    September 3, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I started to experience problems a wee while ago and have had to wipe my laptop. Not very internet savvy but was aware that someone was trying to access remotely and was being re routed. Internet explorer totally compromised on my pc, suspicious of fon spots myself now.
    Good luck getting them.

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    • Lochgelly

      September 5, 2011 at 2:19 am

      Thanks, we’ve now got all our networks secured and hidden. I suppose it was naive of us, but none of us thought there would be anybody in Lochgelly who would be malicious like that.

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