Thread: Administrative and Maintenance Tools - Check If Your Forum Was Hacked
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Old 20 Nov 2013, 02:19
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Originally Posted by Disasterpiece View Post
I think this scripts output is generally misleading and causes panic where not necessary.

Either you should seriously refine your script and add A LOT more conditions to reduce false positives (and as it seems right now, 95% seems to be only false positives) or discontinue the mod.

Determining if a forum was hacked should be left to specialists. If you let someone who doesn't have a clue run your script, nothing good will come from it.
Hi Disasterpiece,

We understand where you are coming from; the script errs on the side of caution, perhaps too much. This was originally an in-house tool that we used to quickly determine which commonly exploited sets of data needed investigating for forums that had been recently hacked. If time allows, we can refine and update the scan criteria of the script to be more precise.

However, we do disagree that the current script output is misleading and we disagree that it causes unnecessary panic. If a forum owner is concerned that his forum was hacked, which is highly likely given the recent mass attacks on vBulletin forums, we believe that this script is a good starting point for investigation and diagnosis, if the script description and instructions are carefully read and followed.

The script does not stop with a simple 'warning', but provides additional, useful information about what was modified and by whom. More information is better than less, and caution is better than carelessness, so the script provides as much information as it can, for those forum owners with some vBulletin knowledge who can understand the script output, and it also provides the most careful recommendation, for those with less vBulletin knowledge.

We do realize that this script alone is not enough for a diagnosis, which is why we recommend professional help. Speaking of which, we are happy to take a look at your script output via PM, if you have concerns, to clarify your results; we've done this a few times already.

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