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12/20/2012 3:15:39 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Hello everyone,

The security of the Debate.org website is something that we here at Juggle take very seriously. Any activity that is intended to circumvent or bypass the security measures in place will not be tolerated. Any user who engages in malicious activity with the intent to breach our security measures exposes themselves to the risk of legal action.

Late last week we began receiving reports of suspicious behavior on the website. The activity was not constant, but noticeable to a number of our members. At that point we began investigating the issue to identify the exact activities and the user or users responsible.

We were able to successfully trace the user responsible and the methods this person used to impersonate other users. While we do not intend to release the exact identity of the user responsible for a variety of reasons, we will definitively say that Airmax had no voluntary involvement in the malicious behavior. In fact, Airmax assisted us by monitoring activity and reports on the site and providing us any relevant information he could to help us identify the culprit.


While no passwords or other personally identifiable information was actually breached, we are still taking this matter very seriously. We have put additional measures in place to secure the system from any future attempts. Again, no passwords were accessed but if you feel compelled to change your password as a precautionary measure, you may do so at your convenience. You can change your password in the Settings section of your profile.

We do apologize to any users who may have been inconvenienced by this incident. Obviously, our desire is to focus our time on building valuable features on this site and any time devoted to incidents like this pull us away from doing just that. We had a release with new features scheduled for yesterday that we had to delay as a result of this. We should be pushing that release live within the next couple of hours. Stay tuned for an official announcement in the forums.

Thank you to all of our members who truly care about the quality of the site and want to see it continue to grow. With your help, we hope to continue to build this site into one of the best on the web.

Thank you.
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12/20/2012 3:27:46 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Is this about everyone posting Airmax1227 on MouthWash and Danielle's debate?
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12/20/2012 3:29:02 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Thanks for letting us know, though if you could release the name of the perpetrators so we could sacrifice him to Eris....That would rock.

Can't wait for the update.
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12/20/2012 3:29:03 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/20/2012 3:27:46 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
Is this about everyone posting Airmax1227 on MouthWash and Danielle's debate?

yes
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12/20/2012 3:29:23 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/20/2012 3:27:35 PM, darkkermit wrote:
i knew that askbob's 100th resurrection would be as a mod.
#UnbanTheMadman

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12/20/2012 3:30:12 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/20/2012 3:27:46 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
Is this about everyone posting Airmax1227 on MouthWash and Danielle's debate?

No idea what it's about.
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12/20/2012 3:32:19 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/18/2012 5:53:43 PM, Forum Moderator wrote:
I did.

What's this then? Just wondering.
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12/20/2012 3:33:42 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/20/2012 3:32:19 PM, OberHerr wrote:
At 12/18/2012 5:53:43 PM, Forum Moderator wrote:
I did.

What's this then? Just wondering.

Can you clarify your question? Where did this quote come from?
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12/20/2012 3:38:33 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/20/2012 3:33:42 PM, Debate.org_Official wrote:
At 12/20/2012 3:32:19 PM, OberHerr wrote:
At 12/18/2012 5:53:43 PM, Forum Moderator wrote:
I did.

What's this then? Just wondering.

Can you clarify your question? Where did this quote come from?

From this thread: http://www.debate.org...

I think it may have been deleted, but I know there are several members who saw it, like Chicken. Just curious if it was the hacker, a joke from an employee, or whatever.
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12/20/2012 3:38:58 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/20/2012 3:38:15 PM, Cody_Franklin wrote:
At 12/20/2012 3:27:35 PM, darkkermit wrote:
i knew that askbob's 100th resurrection would be as a mod.

I eagerly await the day when askbob becomes a frightening legend told to keep noobs from acting up.

That's what he is now.
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12/20/2012 3:39:58 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/20/2012 3:38:15 PM, Cody_Franklin wrote:
At 12/20/2012 3:27:35 PM, darkkermit wrote:
i knew that askbob's 100th resurrection would be as a mod.

I eagerly await the day when askbob becomes a frightening legend told to keep noobs from acting up.

Same here
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12/20/2012 3:42:35 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
And here: http://www.debate.org...

At 12/18/2012 7:14:18 PM, Forum Moderator wrote:
There is no conspiracy. Airmax1227 and Freedo are responsible.
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SarcasticIndeed
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12/20/2012 3:43:29 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Thanks, Juggle, for acting quick. Improving security is always a good choice, though I am genuinely curious as ro how someone could have done what has been done on Mouthwash's debate without accessing anyone's accounts directly.
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12/20/2012 3:45:44 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/20/2012 3:43:29 PM, SarcasticIndeed wrote:
Thanks, Juggle, for acting quick. Improving security is always a good choice, though I am genuinely curious as ro how someone could have done what has been done on Mouthwash's debate without accessing anyone's accounts directly.

Same way they can edit a quote.
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12/20/2012 3:47:45 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/20/2012 3:45:44 PM, OberHerr wrote:
At 12/20/2012 3:43:29 PM, SarcasticIndeed wrote:
Thanks, Juggle, for acting quick. Improving security is always a good choice, though I am genuinely curious as ro how someone could have done what has been done on Mouthwash's debate without accessing anyone's accounts directly.

Same way they can edit a quote.

Not really. When you edit a quote you just basically copy and paste it into a new post by you. You don't change the OP.

I would think that it could be faked through the servers that record voting and whatnot.
#UnbanTheMadman

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12/20/2012 3:49:15 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/20/2012 3:47:45 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
At 12/20/2012 3:45:44 PM, OberHerr wrote:
At 12/20/2012 3:43:29 PM, SarcasticIndeed wrote:
Thanks, Juggle, for acting quick. Improving security is always a good choice, though I am genuinely curious as ro how someone could have done what has been done on Mouthwash's debate without accessing anyone's accounts directly.

Same way they can edit a quote.

Not really. When you edit a quote you just basically copy and paste it into a new post by you. You don't change the OP.

I would think that it could be faked through the servers that record voting and whatnot.

Sorry, I mean they can literally edit a post.
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12/20/2012 3:52:09 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/20/2012 3:38:33 PM, OberHerr wrote:
At 12/20/2012 3:33:42 PM, Debate.org_Official wrote:
At 12/20/2012 3:32:19 PM, OberHerr wrote:
At 12/18/2012 5:53:43 PM, Forum Moderator wrote:
I did.

What's this then? Just wondering.

Can you clarify your question? Where did this quote come from?

From this thread: http://www.debate.org...

I think it may have been deleted, but I know there are several members who saw it, like Chicken. Just curious if it was the hacker, a joke from an employee, or whatever.

This would be the hacker.
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12/20/2012 3:57:43 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/20/2012 3:52:09 PM, Debate.org_Official wrote:
At 12/20/2012 3:38:33 PM, OberHerr wrote:
At 12/20/2012 3:33:42 PM, Debate.org_Official wrote:
At 12/20/2012 3:32:19 PM, OberHerr wrote:
At 12/18/2012 5:53:43 PM, Forum Moderator wrote:
I did.

What's this then? Just wondering.

Can you clarify your question? Where did this quote come from?

From this thread: http://www.debate.org...

I think it may have been deleted, but I know there are several members who saw it, like Chicken. Just curious if it was the hacker, a joke from an employee, or whatever.

This would be the hacker.

*GASP*
How do we know that you... AREN'T THE HACKER????!!!!???? OMGGGGG DUN DUN DUNNNNN
#UnbanTheMadman

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Or lose the race to rats
Get caught in ticking traps
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12/20/2012 5:25:57 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/20/2012 3:52:09 PM, Debate.org_Official wrote:
At 12/20/2012 3:38:33 PM, OberHerr wrote:
At 12/20/2012 3:33:42 PM, Debate.org_Official wrote:
At 12/20/2012 3:32:19 PM, OberHerr wrote:
At 12/18/2012 5:53:43 PM, Forum Moderator wrote:
I did.

What's this then? Just wondering.

Can you clarify your question? Where did this quote come from?

From this thread: http://www.debate.org...

I think it may have been deleted, but I know there are several members who saw it, like Chicken. Just curious if it was the hacker, a joke from an employee, or whatever.

This would be the hacker.

http://www.debate.org...

Look at the 2nd post.
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12/20/2012 5:34:11 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/20/2012 5:25:57 PM, 1Devilsadvocate wrote:
At 12/20/2012 3:52:09 PM, Debate.org_Official wrote:
At 12/20/2012 3:38:33 PM, OberHerr wrote:
At 12/20/2012 3:33:42 PM, Debate.org_Official wrote:
At 12/20/2012 3:32:19 PM, OberHerr wrote:
At 12/18/2012 5:53:43 PM, Forum Moderator wrote:
I did.

What's this then? Just wondering.

Can you clarify your question? Where did this quote come from?

From this thread: http://www.debate.org...

I think it may have been deleted, but I know there are several members who saw it, like Chicken. Just curious if it was the hacker, a joke from an employee, or whatever.

This would be the hacker.

http://www.debate.org...

Look at the 2nd post.

My theory is that it came from the hacker, or chicken typed it in.

See also http://www.debate.org...
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12/20/2012 5:53:51 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
I formally apologize for the thread I made during the incident. I jumped to the conclusion that this was a prank because I thought that this sort of thing was too unlikely. And I made the thread to clear my name because I thought the mod had publicly accused me, when it was really the hacker. But that's not an excuse. I was out of line to create my own public briefing, making wild accusations, during a time when there was a potential security risk. I'm sorry.

You should all take a moment to thank Juggle for the measures they took to make sure we were all safe during this incident.
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12/20/2012 5:59:02 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/20/2012 5:53:51 PM, FREEDO wrote:
I formally apologize for the thread I made during the incident. I jumped to the conclusion that this was a prank because I thought that this sort of thing was too unlikely. And I made the thread to clear my name because I thought the mod had publicly accused me, when it was really the hacker. But that's not an excuse. I was out of line to create my own public briefing, making wild accusations, during a time when there was a potential security risk. I'm sorry.

You should all take a moment to thank Juggle for the measures they took to make sure we were all safe during this incident.

No offence but in the future please try to only share accurate information or none at all. I really don't like it when someone you would expect knows what's going on tells you something that turns out to be wrong. What if our emails and passwords were compromised?

Juggle, I commend you for being on top of this.
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12/20/2012 8:05:38 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/20/2012 5:53:51 PM, FREEDO wrote:
I formally apologize for the thread I made during the incident. I jumped to the conclusion that this was a prank because I thought that this sort of thing was too unlikely. And I made the thread to clear my name because I thought the mod had publicly accused me, when it was really the hacker. But that's not an excuse. I was out of line to create my own public briefing, making wild accusations, during a time when there was a potential security risk. I'm sorry.

You should all take a moment to thank Juggle for the measures they took to make sure we were all safe during this incident.

Which thread?

Thank you juggle.
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12/20/2012 8:08:30 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
That hacker was out of order, even to me.
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12/20/2012 9:12:27 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/20/2012 8:43:01 PM, Koopin wrote:
If anyone was wondering, it actually was askbob.

How do you know?
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