Check out the STATUS page to see where Antonio is with the store and community rebuild. We have put some of the most popular FREEBIES up on a sub-menu option to allow those looking for them to download them from here in the meantime. – AR
Galleries Back Online
I managed to restore the Galleries back to full health and have made some visual changes to the front-end and layout as well. It’s still a work in progress and will have some changes made later on, with regard to color and a few fine-tuning issues, but all in all it works brilliantly, and has been backed up safely so it can be restored in the event of hackers again.
One important thing everyone should know though, the Galleries are of an adult nature, and as such require a login. Those of you who were part of the MPE II store who only viewed but didn’t participate (ie: post, comment or vote) were not added to the user listings for the Galleries. Reason for this was security. The hackers who brought down the site, added literally thousands of bogus user-names and accounts to the database, which means easy entry for any of them if I had imported them back in. This way, I have a clean and safe database of real users, and those who did post have full access to their galleries, albums and images again. I apologize for this being somewhat inconvenient to those who used to just lurk the galleries. In the future maybe you will be more active, either by posting or commenting on others artworks!
TO REGISTER in the new MPE3D Galleries, please fill out the following information in the Registration Fields properly, Location, Render Program, and the Special Question which requests you to answer properly. If you do not do this step, we will consider your request to be a created account via hackers, and will delete it. It’s a simple way to verify if you are real or not. Please bear with us, but we don’t wish to lose the Galleries to hackers ever again so we must take these safety steps.
To get to the new MPE3D Galleries, simply click on the Gallery Logo Image above.
So What Happened???
On August 6th 2012, a hacker attack took place on MalePoserotica (MPE II), the result of which damaged the system files of the MPE II system which was installed in 2007. Normally this would not have been such a problem, but this attack took place between backups and not all of the files in our backup could be restored properly. The combination of thousands of files in the server being rewritten to 0 byte files, and the data added via a security breach in the SMF Forum software resulted in the system locking up before it could be loaded.
Before anyone starts to tell us, we should have been more careful, the leak was due in part to the fact that the MPE II system was built on Open-Source software which had been modded for us back in 2006-2007, which now is obsolete. It was unavoidable to keep hackers with knowledge of the old software’s vulnerability out of the system without destroying the delicate balance of the old system programming. As a result of this, the new MPE will not be created out of Open-Source software any longer.
As a result, our planned store upgrade schedule has now been forced to take place faster than originally planned. We are currently pushing up the schedule and are attempting to get the store software X-Cart Pro installed, and setup all our vendors into the system and refill their stores as quickly as possible, so they can be productive selling again in a short period of time.
Customer data and sales data was backed up so we have all that information safe and sound, as well as all the products and their promotional images. It will only take some time to replace this information and the proper product categorization and links into the new X-Cart Pro store system.
Additionally, our Gallery System will be modified and updated, and will in the future be standalone, separate of the store, so that in the event of another attack on our site, each unique part will be safe from the other.
We are looking for people to assist us with testing the new store, and checking out the updated software with us between now and the first weeks of September.
We will be adding several payment processing systems to the site including direct money transfer for European Union banking users.
We will update this Blog as we continue and will share information with you as to our progress on the new site. As parts of the site become available, we will list them here in this Blog. When the new site is complete and functional, we will then turn off this Blog and link the site to the new store URL and location.
We apologize for this inconvenience, to both our vendors and our customers.
Administrator, MPE (MalePoserotica)