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agent_smith

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
« on: October 13, 2015, 01:09:51 AM »
Dear IGKT members,

I would like to advise that my website and my domain www.paci.com.au has been hacked and taken over by an unknown entity.

I have effectively lost my domain... paci.com.au

If you try to visit my website to download knotting resources - you will see that it is now gone.

I am aghast and beside myself about this.

All the work I have done to upload knotting and other useful resources has been lost.

My web domain (www.paci.com.au )was with Melbourne IT (https://www.melbourneit.com.au )

My account was hacked and then transferred to 'Godaddy'.

I have complained bitterly to Melbourne IT and to Godaddy.

Each entity has take the view that "there is nothing we can do'.

Words cannot describe my feelings at the moment.

If there any IT specialist out there in IGKT - and who could help me restore my domain name ownership rights - I would appreciate your help (or just give me some advice).

I have also lodged a complaint with the Australian Telecommunications Ombudsmen.

Sincerely,

Mark Gommers
« Last Edit: October 13, 2015, 01:12:42 AM by agent_smith »

alpineer

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Re: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2015, 07:44:01 AM »
Mark,
I'm sickened by this news. Every empathetic bone in my body bleeds for you man, having some idea of how much work you've put into this project over the years.
Please let us know how we might help and support you. 
« Last Edit: October 13, 2015, 07:52:42 AM by alpineer »

Mobius

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Re: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2015, 08:58:31 AM »
I am so sorry Mark, this is a huge loss to you and the knotting community overall. I thought something was wrong this morning, but not this bad.

mobius
« Last Edit: October 13, 2015, 09:05:00 AM by mobius »

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Re: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2015, 10:18:35 AM »
Surely you have the source files saved locally? Such that only the domain is lost and not all your effort?

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Re: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2015, 11:14:29 AM »
Mark

I sent you a PM earlier - you might also like to contact these people http://www.auda.org.au/about-auda/ - this is the domain name registrar for .au domain names who are the Australian Govt approved body. They should be the ones to handle a complaint rather then the telecomms people.

Barry

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Re: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2015, 02:15:33 PM »
Thanks Barry, I have followed your advice and lodged complaint with auda.org

I have also contacted the police cybercrime online reporting network (ACORN) in Australia.

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Words cannot describe my anger over this incident.

I had invested considerable time and effort creating the paci website and all the knotting resources. A lot of my intellectual property was made freely available to the public.

Its all down now - and nobody (including me) can access it.

I'll advise when something positive occurs - eg the police force Melbourne IT and Godaddy to take responsibility and restore ownership of my paci.com.au domain back to me.

Sincerely,

Mark Gommers



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Re: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2015, 10:54:01 AM »
All is not lost. The content from your site can be scraped from the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. I can give it a go myself if you would like. The most recent crawl by the Wayback Machine was on August 15, 2015. We should be able to get everything from that date. After we have all the content from that date, I would think you could view this as more of an inconvenience, rather than a total catastrophe. Chin up. :)

JP
« Last Edit: October 22, 2015, 10:58:46 AM by James Petersen »

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Re: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2015, 03:49:22 PM »
Indeed, the content is not lost. I have PM'ed you a link where you can download the contents of your site on Aug 15.

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Re: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2015, 04:39:23 AM »
GOOD NEWS!

It looks like the force is with me.

My domain has been restored (finally).

So my fellow IGKT members can download knotting resources from my site again...


It was the auDA Australian domain authority who finally forced Godaddy to hand over my paci.com.au domain name.

As soon as I got control over my domain - I immediately changed the 'name servers' and everything was pointing where it ought to and all is back as normal.

All I have to do now is transfer my domain away from Godaddy - I do not recommend Godaddy to anyone and they did nothing to right the cyber crime until they were forced by the Australian domain authority.

Thanks to all who offered advice and assistance - it was very much appreciated.

Mark

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Re: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2015, 06:41:33 AM »
GOOD NEWS!
Your bowlines are secured !


 ;D

agent_smith

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Re: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2015, 01:55:50 PM »
Dan,

You know that I am keen to collaborate with you to improve the content.

Things have been a bit out-of-control and I've been in a nose dive but didn't crash and burn...(yet).

The Bowlines analysis paper is progressing and will send you a draft soon... also gathering momentum on a paper on offset joining knots.

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Re: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2015, 12:40:35 AM »
Good news in the end.  What was astounding was the rapid response of people here who knew how to get some or all of your stuff back.  I would just have burst into tears.