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GraphicAll.org troubles

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hacker-kittehGraphicAll it experiencing some troubles due to hackers, it seems. Admin ZanQdo is working on it - if you see weight pills ads instead of Blender builds, use this direct link for now.

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.

21 Comments

  1. I sympathize with them, but speaking as a system administrator, they MUST check all the downloadable files from their website to make sure they haven't been tampered with. Hopefully they have some checksums they can do that with that are from an off server location. If they continue serving downloadable files as if nothing happened, then they are being irresponsible and nobody should be downloading anything from there. Especially since it is executable code.

    Its annoying I know, but this is very important. Security is important folks.

  2. @Deltaray: EXACTLY my thought. We don't know whether it was only XSS or a more serious attack, but safe is safe. Disable downloads, now. There's no good if a few hundred people download malicious blender builds. Truly Bad PR...

  3. @Ianvdl Hackers don't care whether its open source or not. They just want to swing their balls around. They have their own justifications for doing it which are usually misguided. They only place where they have a point is that websites and code needs to be more secure.

  4. Hackers are douche bags. WTF would you hack a site like graphical unless you had no life and wanted to impress some other no life fat boy kids. I think when we catch hackers we always regardless of age prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law, they should literally be treated like they had committed treason, because it effects so many, it's like hurting an entire nation. Preventing hacking is impossible, prosecuting and convicting hackers is the only effective solution because, hackers are essentially sociopaths.

  5. ,Ack, I was just proposing someone to grab some 2.5 builds there and now this happens:(

    Somehow this site buggers too...tho i'm logged in to wordpress on this site I had to put in the name field etc. manually...all the other topics work with auto fill in....

  6. These are not hackers, they're simple spammers who use automated scripts to post their ads. It's hardly more sophisticated than the annoying comment spam most blogs experience all the time.

  7. Bart, ZanQdo, thanks very much for this info and please try to keep us updated on all this, particularly any possibility of compromised executables.

  8. The word "Hacker" has lost its meaning now days. In old days, it used to mean those people who like to thinker a lot of anything related with computers for the joy of knowing. In fact, "hackers" contributed the most in the computer venue.

    Well, out with old in with new, this malicious meddlers... hackers... needs a hard beating.

    Certainly agree with the double checking. This is serious. Many people might get harmed. Better to postpone the service for some time.

  9. @SeanJM - Why do we need to send out an elite group of hackers to get them? Why not just sent out Sintel with that ax looking thing? That should settle matters pretty quickly. :-)

  10. @ralmon: Yes, a hack was a quick piece of code, and a hacker was a programmer making that code. People who broke into systems were known (then) as crackers, or crashers (short for gatecrasher). That was years ago. The mainstream media picked up 'hacker' to be the evil doers and there is no turning back. A Journalist who put the stories together about computer enthusiasts could still be called a hack: (Hack writer, a writer who is paid to write low-quality, quickly put-together articles or books).

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