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Logged on this morning. Was cruising the forums and all was well at first. Then when I tried changing threads at one point, my screen went blank for a moment, but then came back up on some strange looking log-in screen showing the attached logo and titled as "Pantheon Security" or some crap like that. Said I had to create a Pantheon account to continue. Well, naturally, I tried backing out of the screen. Wouldn't let me, though. So then I just closed everything and went back to AR log-in screen. Tried logging in, but it would not accept my password. Tried several times very slowly. Went to the new password request. Got the email and finally got back on the site. However, now there are several weeks of posts missing again. What happened???



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Sapporo's picture


Hopefully something sketchy isn't still ongoing.

I just looked up "Pantheon Security", and yes, such a company does exist. It is amusing for an atheist website to have security by a company that means "temple of the gods".

dogalmighty's picture
This sucks.

This sucks.

arakish's picture
Loss of posts means they do

Loss of posts means they do not know how to perform data backups.


MarylinC's picture
Phew. I couldn't log-in

Phew. I couldn't log-in just now. After the DDoS attack I changed my password but just now it wouldn't let me log in.

I tried my old password just in case the rollback had changed it back and sure enough, bingo, I'm back in again.

I hope things work better again now because I missed AR.

arakish's picture
@ MarylinC and everybody else

@ MarylinC and everybody else

A DDoS attack has nothing to do with your password being compromised. It is just a denial of service for the the WWW site. It is an attack specifically designed to prevent data from coming into the server and going out of the server.

Sometimes DDoS attacks are used as a diversion to steal data. However, I seriously doubt there is any data on the AR server that ANY hacker would want.

In my wholly honest opinion, I think the DDoS attack probably originated from a pissed off Islamic terrorist government. But what does my opinion matter?


Sapporo's picture
More likely it was some

More likely it was some former member who felt aggrieved.

Cognostic's picture
arakish: Fuck those pissed

arakish: Fuck those pissed off Islamic governments.

arakish's picture
Could not have put any nicer

Could not have put any nicer myself.


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raymond45a's picture
To password protect is to

To password protect is to implement or enable a password on a computer, network device, online service, file, user account, or data. When password protection is enabled, users receive a prompt for a username or password before they're given access. For example, to log in to a Microsoft Windows account, the user must enter the proper credentials. The same goes for a file that is password protected. If the incorrect information is entered, users can't access certain computers, online services, files, or other password-protected areas. If the incorrect password is entered multiple times, access is usually locked temporarily. Once locked, you must wait for a set time before trying the password again or ask for support to unlock the computer, account, or file. If you can't remember the password for an online account, most services provide a forgot password feature to help you reset it.

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Despite the prevalence of

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TaylorStark's picture
My best guess is that the

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The account I attempted to

The account I attempted to access may no longer exist, as best I can tell. If memory serves, I was attempting to access a prior account from which I had been suspended unblocked gamez

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timothyferriss's picture
The odd login screen and

The odd login screen and missing posts might have been caused by a technical issue or maintenance period that affected the forum. It's also conceivable that the website's security was breached or it was undergoing maintenance when your account and the accessibility of some posts were affected

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emmawilson's picture
That situation sounds

That situation sounds incredibly frustrating and concerning. It's alarming to encounter a sudden login screen and then find yourself locked out of your account. Losing weeks of posts adds insult to injury. It's possible there was a security glitch or even a hacking attempt. To address this, contacting forum informatica BDM certification training moderators or administrators is crucial. They can investigate and hopefully prevent future incidents. Meanwhile, reinforcing account security with a password change and reviewing settings is wise. It's vital to prioritize online safety. Hopefully, with swift action, you'll regain access and find a resolution, restoring your forum experience to its former stability.

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