sashayed (sashayed) wrote in shoebox_project,



i'm rushing from thing to thing today so this is gonna be short, but dorkorific can't be recovered at the moment (ETA 2: omg yes it can, it's me again, GO TEAM. all is back under control there as of now. but i'm still feeling a little freaked, so, you know, whatever; i'm gonna keep using sashayed mostly, for now. ANYWAY) as it was explained to me today in an email from abuse, "The problem here is that is apparently allowing old usernames to be recycled. Someone can register an old email that was validated on an account, and request an email reset. This appears to be the case with your account 'dorkorific'." but it appears that, until something else goes wrong, i now have control over the community, so, you know, EAT IT, EVERYBODY ELSE.

if any other entries DO appear here, and they link to external sources, PLEASE don't click on them. (the only non-lj site i'd send you to is the incredible lomara's .pdf files of the shoebox chapters, an awesome resource which you can find linked somewhere in cult_sbp.) when we get the entries back, ladyjaida and i will both confirm that we've done so.

to anyone who DID click on those links, this is the important thing, via copperbadge, to whom this also happened:

A number of people found keyloggers on their computers after they clicked the russian poetry site link. A few people actually attempted to translate it (the poem is about eating shit, apparently) and are regretting it. We are advising people to go to and download the free Spyware Doctor and run a scan, also running a scan via Housecall if they don't have an installed antivirus program on your computer.

i'm so sorry about all of this, everyone. and, okay, i lied, since i have no time to do anything similarly helpful there will be just one link: to copperbadge's amazingly useful entry on his version of this whole ordeal. (MAYBE HOVER OVER IT WITH YOUR MOUSE BEFORE YOU CLICK JUST TO MAKE SURE I AM NOT LYING, THIS IS A GOOD HABIT FOR THE FUTURE TOO.)

so basically, 1. download a solid antivirus program; 2. check any hotmail accounts you have to make sure they haven't lapsed, 3. change your passwords and set a security question, and 4. don't click on anything you're not sure about.

love you guys. more to come!

ETA ONE THING: this happened to me because i, stupidly, wasn't monitoring which email addresses were linked to my account. i don't think this is unusual, with longstanding ljs, since I hadn't used the hotmail account in question for years and years and years; but even though it's pretty normal behavior, it's (obviously!) not good. so it's worth it for all of you to check and make sure you aren't giving a vulnerable email access to your journal:

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Ohmygoodness sooo glad you guys are back in control - I was very worried :(
I'm so relieved! Thanks for getting it back under control, guys. We love you and SPB! :)
If you want help recovering your entries, I'm now the biggest goddamn expert on rebuilding one's broken life livejournal there is. Happy to help, any way I can.

I'm so sorry this happened to you.
I've never left any comments on TSBP before (out of shyness, I must say, it has nothing to do with the quality of the writing!), but this time I couldn't NOT come here and let you know how HAPPY I am that things turned out ok! I was so worried! I'm very relieved that you guys (or girls, actually) are back and things are under control...
Yikes. I'm so sorry that this happened to you! I hope everything gets better soon!

*hugs* <3
Glad to have the real you back.
I was one of the stupid ones and did click the link. I suspected foul play as soon as I saw where it led to. McAffee didn't pick up anything but Spybot found a whole slew of malware that may or may not have been related to this incident. For piece of mind, I'd suggest running as many softwares as you can -- certainly more than one. They don't all pick up the same codes.
Ditto :(

For piece of mind, I'd suggest running as many softwares as you can -- certainly more than one. They don't all pick up the same codes.

Ah, thanks for that :)


9 years ago


9 years ago

Thanks for this :) Downloaded the googlepack.
What does it mean when you lj does not allow you to delete your hotmail account??????? I can't delete it, as I can't click/check it *iz worried*
This is what happens when I'm dumb enough to click the links, but have learnt not to do it for the future, but if any one else reads this and clicked those links am I the only one who had nothing show up when running the spyware doctor?

*iz worried*
I didn't get anything either. Did you have an antivirus or something running at the time? I did and I guess that stopped it.
Good luck with everything. And I'm glad you've gotten some manner of control again.
yay! best of luck with the whole shebang, and at least we all learned a lesson (well, that;s the only upside i can think of)


December 16 2008, 00:34:12 UTC 9 years ago

So I only revisited the site today and found out about this. That sucks so bad but I'm glad you guys have control again!

I know how you feel; like two years ago, everything I owned on the internet was hacked into and it was the most miserable time of my life. I'm really happy you guys are getting things back together. Good luck! =/
That seems like a ridiculous policy for Hotmail to have, imo. Anyway, thanks for letting us know (even if I didn't quite see this post in a timely manner, oops) and I'm glad to hear you're back in control ♥
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