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Old 07-18-2013, 04:17 PM   #1
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FICS Hostile Takeover

Some funny stuff happening on FICS right now. Someone hacked the head admin's account, banned all the other admins, etc. FICS just got shut down forcefully, I think. Thought I would start a thread so people could get news about the events and what's going on. I will post what I know when I know something, too.
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Old 07-18-2013, 04:28 PM   #2
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Re: FICS Hostile Takeover

Hello Gorgonian, been a while I haven't been here (I'm VojFromMars on FICS)

kardolus behaviour seemed very strange to me and I suspected a hack too (though my account hasn't been hacked or banned ; I'm just a TM/SR..)

What informations are you sure about ?

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Old 07-18-2013, 04:35 PM   #3
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Re: FICS Hostile Takeover

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Hello Gorgonian, been a while I haven't been here (I'm VojFromMars on FICS)

kardolus behaviour seemed very strange to me and I suspected a hack too (though my account hasn't been hacked or banned ; I'm just a TM/SR..)

What informations are you sure about ?

Regards,
Chessty's account was hacked (someone got her password, somehow) and was used to ban all admin accounts. I do know the admins were not really sure what to do except go to the server site and manually shut it down before any real damage could be done. I'm pretty sure that's what happened.
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Old 07-18-2013, 04:37 PM   #4
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Re: FICS Hostile Takeover

Well but could be good have more information, I think the server will be shut down I few time
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Old 07-18-2013, 04:58 PM   #5
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Insane! I hope the hacker is an American so they can go to jail for hac^H^H^H interrupting my chess!

I hope FICS a speedy return.
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:06 PM   #6
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Re: FICS Hostile Takeover

I had the honor of being banned before the server was shut down, because I tried to tell kardolus that Chessty's account had been hacked.

Completely shutting down the server was the best thing that could have happened under the circumstances. Having the head admin account compromised is a worst-case scenario. Even assuming that the admins made timely, reliable backups it could be a while before service is restored.

Btw, you should never reuse a password from FICS on other sites. Be careful out there!
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:13 PM   #7
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Re: FICS Hostile Takeover

Maybe this would be a good time to start a self-help group for on-line chess addiction. COL (crying out lout)
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:14 PM   #8
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Re: FICS Hostile Takeover

naomi here
17 years member. never ever saw anything like that. Must be someone who was banned or is just a hacker. Please post anything here regarding to a possible remedy for this here
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:19 PM   #9
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Re: FICS Hostile Takeover

Thanks for the updates Gorgo and Will !

Head-admin account hacked is a worst-case scenario indeed ; I guess kardolus was compromised too ?

Do you think hackers could have accessed to everyone passwords ?
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:22 PM   #10
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Re: FICS Hostile Takeover

Here is paste from what is left in my terminal:

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12:24_fics%

**ANNOUNCEMENT** from Chessty: All your ratings are belong to us.
And then later:

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13:15_fics%

**** Server shutting down immediately. ****
So at a minimum they had control for almost an hour. Brutal.
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:25 PM   #11
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Re: FICS Hostile Takeover

ftp.freechess.org is currently unaffected, and I downloaded the historical FICS 1.6 and 1.7 code and I'm currently trying to modify the SunOS glibc Makefile for a modern linux.

The People's FICS is coming!
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:45 PM   #12
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ftp.freechess.org is currently unaffected, and I downloaded the historical FICS 1.6 and 1.7 code and I'm currently trying to modify the SunOS glibc Makefile for a modern linux.

The People's FICS is coming!
Unfortunately that code is rather out of date compared to the current FICS. There are a few projects to make a more modern version, but nothing that can replace FICS yet, I'm afraid.
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:47 PM   #13
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Re: FICS Hostile Takeover

Here's a similar server can use as backup in the meantime:

alanimus.com

BabasChess won't work there, but I think most interfaces will.
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:53 PM   #14
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What port shoul we use Gorgonian?
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:56 PM   #15
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5000 worked for me
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:14 PM   #16
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Re: FICS Hostile Takeover

Hi, I'm FICS admin toddmf. We have recent backups. It is possible that no data will be lost at all, but we may have to revert to a backup from a few days ago.

At this time it is not clear when the server will be back up.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:14 PM   #17
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Thanks FICS admin toddmf
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:19 PM   #18
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Thanks for the updates Gorgo and Will !

Head-admin account hacked is a worst-case scenario indeed ; I guess kardolus was compromised too ?

Do you think hackers could have accessed to everyone passwords ?
This is highly unlikely. The passwords are stored encrypted. There is an admin command to change someone's password (which is likely how they got into kardolus's account after using Chessty's), but there is no way to view someone's current password.

I'll post here again if we uncover any evidence that anyone's password (besides Chessty's) was discovered.
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:39 PM   #19
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I got it compiling, but it is segfaulting right now. I'll do more porting work tomorrow, and put it on github when I'm done.

For now I agree, alanimus.com aka kingcheck.com
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:56 PM   #20
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Re: FICS Hostile Takeover

Had been wondering what was up. I was about to ask was anyone having problems connecting.

Thanks for the information. Hope for a speedy recovery.
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Old 07-19-2013, 04:05 AM   #21
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Wow. I've been more or less active on FICS for 20ish years, don't remember this happening before.
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:45 AM   #22
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Hi everyone!
If its a matter of money to get our beloved fics back to order, I am willing to help. It seems that very few people know about this thread that gorgonian started. Any news?? ((
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:17 AM   #23
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Re: FICS Hostile Takeover

As I mentioned before, I suspect it will be down for a while. According to ficsgames.org, however, "A temporary copy of FICS is available at fics2.freechess.org port 23. Any activity (rating changes etc) will NOT be transferred back to FICS once it is online again."

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Old 07-19-2013, 09:39 AM   #24
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Re: FICS Hostile Takeover

It's a shame this is happening. When I first learned how the pieces moved, I began to play on FICS and was active over there quite a bit for about 3-4 years. It really is a great free place to play.
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:40 AM   #25
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Who the heck would want to hack FICS? Old school hangout that offers a free quality product. A sad day...
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