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those motorcycle.com forums all got hacked! we are safe!!

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Cruizin
You can go here to check and see if verticle scope/ motorcycle . com or any other "weakly managed" website has you hacked too. https://haveibeenpwned.com/
 
 
Our forums are safe, updated, different more secure software and we have tight security practices.
 
Verticle Scope is out of Canada, they own all of the motorcycle.com forums, many auto and a total of over 1,100 forums.
 
The problem is when you use old forum software, don't use strong ssl for registration pages, you have to update your software very often, it's almost impossible to stay on top of protecting 1100 freaking forums.
 
Well, they got hacked in February, member passwords, ip addresses, pm's, everything. Worse, they didnt even figure it out until June, when a hacker group started posting all the files (including passwords) online for all the other hackers to go to work on. ouch.
 
Go visit any motorcycle. com/verticle scope site that you may have joined the last ten years, and change to very long passwords wth numbers and symbols.
 
Many people use the same damn password on any site they visit. So do not log in here with the passwrods u use on others motorcyle.com websites, including the fz-09 forum. They own them too.
 
Our registration and sign in pages are 256 bit encrypted, and we dont use that old cheap forum software that they use. Any respectable forum admin that I know dumped Vbulletin years ago and we stay on top of our security updates.
 
Read more here. www.zdnet.com/article/hacker-steals-45-million-accounts-from-hundreds-of-verticalscope-car-tech-sports-forums/
 
Read what other forum owners are saying in case this sounds too crazy to be true . theadminzone.com/threads/this-isnt-good.140762/
 
 
 
 
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Cruizin
This quote from the linked article above is very telling
 
"Despite a push in recent years for stronger encryption and fixing security flaws, the forums thought to be affected by the breach fell far behind industry security norms.
 
A cursory search of the list of domains caught up in the hack revealed that none of the sites we checked offered basic HTTPS website encryption, which would prevent usernames and passwords from being intercepted."
 
People see that name "motorcycle . com" and think, wow, they are huge and must be safe! Well, when you own that many forums, there is no way to keep up with all of the security updates. they would have to hire an army of programmers like Facebook, but they cant afford to hire that many people to keep watch and update every day.
 
Moral of the story. Listen to my warnings. Stop using the same password on multiple sites! Use long 12 plus digit passwords, with symbols and numbers and letters, change your passwords often.
 
And if you are on a forum, and see VB or Vbulletin on the very bottom of the page, thats when I close the page and never go back. VB is only safe if the admins are 256 bit encrypting their login and registration pages AND updating the software every week as updates come out. Again, when you own 1100 websites, there is no way they are doing this. Not possible, don't care that they say.
 
We are on top of things here. Please stay on top of your passwords.
 

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yamahaha
Would be nice if you had a R3 forum. I read the present forum but will not join.
 
Verticlescope is driving people to other venues like faceass.

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Cruizin
The problem with facebook groups is its one giant thread, thats it. Post a helpful tech post? On Facebook its hidden and gone within a day. Thats why everyone on those biker facebook groups are always asking the same tech questions over and over every day. Nobody can find the answer in that one clusterphuck thread. Buried hundreds of posts below, never to be seen again.
 
Facebook is for pics and election crap.
 
Here, just post it in tech tips and it will be seen by thousands for years to come.

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Guest ChicagoAJ
I definitely don't want people to see my PMs!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(really though it's just me asking @pgeldz stupid shit that he's probably sick of, haha)
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hamster
Thank you, Cruizin! :)))
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Safe riding!

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Cruizin
I definitely don't want people to see my PMs!  
 
 
 
 
 
 
(really though it's just me asking @pgeldz stupid Shet that he's probably sick of, haha)
 
They got more then just pm's, Seriously, this one is big and not enough people know about this.
 
And since Verticle scope/motorcycle . com group is based out of Canada, they dont have the same laws that we have here in the US.
 

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pgeldz
I definitely don't want people to see my PMs!  
 
 
 
 
 
 
(really though it's just me asking @pgeldz stupid shet that he's probably sick of, haha)
 
Don't even sweat it. You know I'm always down to help.
 
:)
 
-Paulie

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jerryv
Exactly and I often them links to our forum here.  You can find anything you need here  ;)
 
 

The problem with facebook groups is its one giant thread, thats it. Post a helpful tech post? On Facebook its hidden and gone within a day. Thats why everyone on those biker facebook groups are always asking the same tech questions over and over every day. Nobody can find the answer in that one clusterphuck thread. Buried hundreds of posts below, never to be seen again.  
Facebook is for pics and election crap.
 
Here, just post it in tech tips and it will be seen by thousands for years to come.
 
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rick
Linkedin, lol. there's a shocker. They have my name and work email and that's it. Best yet, linkedin can't see my address book thru my work email, so no one else gets buggered
 
Didn't know about this. Thanks for the heads-up and keep up the vigil!
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