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    Question Buongiorno, italia !

    Anyone else get re-routed to that italian web site this morning ? that was weird.
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    Hacked with a re-direct I guess.

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    Several people mentioned it on ADKHPs, but the thread was removed.
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    Not hacked, or at least not VFTT. There was a problem upstream of the hosting service with DNS entries. Whether it was a hack or something broke isn't clear, but it's fixed now.
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    Oh, that wasn't the VFTT gift shop? I bought a whole bunch of stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Metsky View Post
    Not hacked, or at least not VFTT. There was a problem upstream of the hosting service with DNS entries. Whether it was a hack or something broke isn't clear, but it's fixed now.
    So, in the future, we could try

    http://208.87.227.68

    If something like this happens again? (I know, IP address can possibly change, but just as a bypass).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Rankin View Post
    So, in the future, we could try

    http://208.87.227.68

    If something like this happens again? (I know, IP address can possibly change, but just as a bypass).
    Yes, as a backup this would work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Rankin View Post
    So, in the future, we could try

    http://208.87.227.68

    If something like this happens again? (I know, IP address can possibly change, but just as a bypass).
    Ahhh...good point -- I should have tried that this morning when I kept getting re-directed to the Italian site.

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    Any word on viruses associated with the re-direct and how to know if I was infected? (I use a daily-updated version of Avira).

    Thanks

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    My virus software didn't trigger, I'm not sure if others did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Rankin View Post
    So, in the future, we could try

    http://208.87.227.68

    If something like this happens again? (I know, IP address can possibly change, but just as a bypass).
    Yes, it was most likely DNS cache poisoning--incorrect data in a DNS server cache (on purpose (ie an attack) or by accident). Workarounds include using the numerical IP address (as above--but save it locally because you may not be able to get it otherwise), an alternate DNS server (eg opendns.com 208.67.222.222), or waiting for the bad cache entry to timeout at which time it will be reloaded.

    I suggest that people simply use http://www.vftt.org and only use http://208.87.227.68 if there is a problem with the first one. (Yes, the numerical IP address has changed in the past and could change again in the future.)

    Doug

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Metsky View Post
    My virus software didn't trigger, I'm not sure if others did.
    Me either. I don't believe it was a deliberate attack, I'd have to imagine it wouldn't be to an italian gift shop, if it was, but what do I know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip View Post
    Me either. I don't believe it was a deliberate attack, I'd have to imagine it wouldn't be to an italian gift shop, if it was, but what do I know.
    I think the ROTTERS did it!
    (just kidding)

    Actually, I posted a thread on ROT this am when much to my dismay I was missing one of my hiking forums as I consumed my Starbucks. Not a good way to start the day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DougPaul View Post
    I suggest that people simply use http://www.vftt.org and only use http://208.87.227.68 if there is a problem with the first one. (Yes, the numerical IP address has changed in the past and could change again in the future.)
    One way to do it (if you know what you are doing!!!!) is to put the IP address in the hosts file, commented out. Normally you use DNS, but if DNS breaks you uncomment the entry and (if the IP address hasn't changed) you are ready to go.

    I am not giving step by step details; if you need them you should not fool around with config files.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Metsky View Post
    My virus software didn't trigger, I'm not sure if others did.
    Not sure if it's related, but just as I tried to access the site, I got a "moderate severity" "intrusion attempt" blocked (Norton). It was a bit strange.

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