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of ponies and web servers [Jan. 5th, 2007|04:51 pm]
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Happy New Year everyone! Hmmmm...where should I start? The good or bad news? The bad news is probably more crucial, so here it is:
Someone or something (a worm or virus?) has been adding rather unsavory files & folders to my website. It was sneaky and placed them mostly in subfolders and gave them names mimicking my own folders. A few weeks ago, a regular aikarin.com visitor sent a message saying my site was infected with a worm and their anti-virus software didn't allow her to access it. I also have anti-virus software and I didn't have a problem. I contacted the webhosting company...they didn't give me a clear answer on what to do, except to update any scripts I was running. The site has sprawled quite a bit...I'm not even sure which pages still have active scripts on them. =(
This week, while browsing through the files on the server, I found a folder containing links to SPAM sites which I didn't upload. Upon further digging, I found HUNDREDS of folders like this, hidden in subfolders. They matched some entries in my guestbook, so I suspect that script was the culprit. I've removed that script along with as many scripts as I could find. I also went through every single folder, deleting the extra files and replacing the altered ones.

This weekend, I'm going to re-upload the entire site. I think I've fixed everything, but this will ensure that the site is 100% clean. Yes, this is a huge undertaking!

For you: if you don't have anti-virus software, I'd recommend a scan. I don't know the nature of this problem, so this is probably the safest thing to do. The free on-line scanner from Trend Micro is pretty good. I'm sorry for any inconvenience. =(

Okay, enough bad news, here's some good news!
The mystery pony has been received and here is Jessica, the ninja pony:

And here are some customs in progress:

The pony in the back is Rylie Alexis with the wing bases sculpted. I'm going to do the feather detailing next. The baby merpony's tail was crumbling...I guess that's just too thin for sculpy clay. So, it got some epoxy polymer reinforcement. Looks like mosaic tiling, so she has a name now - Baby Mosaic! The third pony is Eferia. She received a sculpted studded bracelet. It still needs painting. For those people who asked: these are commissioned projects, except for the merpony. Eferia is someone else's persona. I don't have one, however, I do have a site mascot and that's Starfall. Starfall is featured on the top left of the website and on my LJ icon. ^_^

[User Picture]From: desertsunflower
2007-01-06 05:28 am (UTC)
I've always loved your persona custom. I soooo want to make a rearing Sunflower one day (or have someone make her -whichever is more likely).

That stinks about the viruses. :( Can't people think up better things to do with their time than come up with worms, viruses and the like?
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-01-06 05:12 pm (UTC)
just to let you know that for quite a while I could not visit your site as it would cause my antivirus program to go nuts, shutting windows and not allowing me to view pages etc ~ however, I am really pleased to tell you that it all seems fixed now!

I have browsed all sections of your site and not once has my antivirus program uttered any protest!

fingers crossed it doesn't happen again ^_^

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From: (Anonymous)
2007-01-06 08:06 pm (UTC)

deef again

those wings are so cool
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[User Picture]From: unwilting_daisy
2007-01-06 09:15 pm (UTC)
Hi, I hope you don't mind me spamming your LJ too horribly. You see I've started a message board for thryoid sufferers and I think it would be a great community, I'm not not very good at drumming up business. In LJ you'll see me as unwilting_daisy or CCRyder. On the board I'm CCRyder. I found you through the thryoid interest tag.

I'd be honored if you checked it out Living with Thyroid Disorders

Cute ponies!
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-01-08 03:01 am (UTC)

YAY Rylie

Yay Rylies wings look great so far! I can't wait for her to be done!! She is going to love her!! Thanks again!
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-01-09 09:12 pm (UTC)

Cool projects!

I love the mer! LOL! sooo cute! How did you do the tail?

My website: www.freewebs.com/honoluloo

reply in my guestbook!
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[User Picture]From: wolfdragon_arts
2007-01-10 05:23 pm (UTC)
i am so impressed...
do you have a da account
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-01-11 10:10 pm (UTC)

Hoooooly Makeral!

It looks like as usual you have your work cut out for you! You never scease to amaze me! *sighs* One day I too will be as good as you! :)
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[User Picture]From: kaikaku
2007-01-14 08:32 pm (UTC)
Hey, I juest heard about the letter that Hasbro sent you. I just want to say that I'm sorry this is happening and I appreciate what you've been doing all this time. If Hasbro is going to crackdown on customizers such as yourself, I'm going to boycott them and send letters.
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