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25 September 2009 @ 12:45 pm
Hacked Community  
Does anyone on my flist know what you do if a community you're a member of appears to have been hacked?

tex_latex - a low volume comm for users of the latex document preparation system appears to have been, judging by the last post, and I'm wondering if anyone knows who I should contact? I'm assuming that, since it's low volume, there may not already have been a vast deluge of complaint.

EDIT: Of course, I'm also worrying that I've done something horrendous to myself by clicking on the fake link in that post, but can't off hand see anything fishy and I'm on a Mac which protects against a lot of random exploits.
 
 
 
fredbassettfredbassett on September 25th, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)
I'm guessing you can report it to lj_maintenance, but i don't know for sure.
louisedennislouisedennis on September 25th, 2009 03:09 pm (UTC)
Or abuse - frankly I'm finding the LJ information pages a little obscure on this.
reggietatereggietate on September 25th, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)
Isn't there a support comm you can report it to? I can't think of which one, though... You could try clicking on the Support/FAQ link at the very bottom of the Home page, see if that gets you any further information.
louisedennislouisedennis on September 25th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
The FAQ is remarkably coy - the word hacked does not apparently appear anywhere in the FAQ, although there are instructions about what to do if someone breaks into your own personal journal. I think I may just have to report it to the abuse prevention team.
munchkinofdoommunchkinofdoom on September 25th, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
Have a look at this LJ news post, just in case it was the situation described there: http://news.livejournal.com/117957.html

Otherwise, I'd suggest doing a support request and seeing what happens.
louisedennislouisedennis on September 25th, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
I don't think its that exploit - no. Still hunting for the right person to contact, otherwise I'll probably report it to abuse.
joereavesjoereaves on September 25th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
The odds are if you're not a maintainer they will just tell you to get sa maintainer to report it.
louisedennislouisedennis on September 25th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
"Thank you for your report. We have suspended the account that posted this entry and have restored the community to a prior maintainer."

I am both surprised and mildly impressed. I filled in a report form for the Abuse Prevention Team, though I had to click a lot of "other problem" buttons to get to the right form. I asked them if they could at least post an entry noting the links in the previous one were fake but it looks like they were able to identify the rightful owners as well.
louisedennislouisedennis on September 25th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
They've also deleted the offending entry - it all took less than an hour from me reporting the problem.

I guess it was clearly dodgy enough for them to make a quick decision.
joereavesjoereaves on September 25th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
Unusual efficiency there.