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Hi everyone,

Your browser may be giving you a malware "security warning" when you visit Atari I/O. I'm aware of this issue and working to resolve it. The forums have been updated with their latest security update this morning and should currently be a safe place to visit despite the security warning.

The malware issue is affecting the "main" side of the website (http://www.atari.io) which runs on Wordpress. The forums side of the website (https://forums.atari.io) has always been hosted on a different server and runs on different software, which is more secure.

However, because Google has detected the malware issue in the Wordpress part of our website, they have issued a warning for the entirety of Atari I/O until the issue has been completely resolved. Once I've been able to identify and remove the malicious content from the Wordpress side of the site, I will need to request a security review from Google and provide them with documentation showing the changes made to the site.  This may take a little time.

If there's "a doctor in the house" and you have experience removing malware from Wordpress sites and would like to volunteer your assistance in helping me resolve this issue please send me a PM.

I will be working on this and will keep you updated as I reach important milestones.

 

Best Wishes to All!

 

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5 minutes ago, RickR said:

There are several posts on Facebook about this.  I'm commenting to click the "see details" button and then the "ignore" link.  I've gotten the error even coming right into the forums. 

Thanks @RickR. Yes, even though the forums are safe, the warning has been applied to atari.io as a whole so there's no getting around it until it's resolved with google.

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This started yesterday evening.  I have worked with Wordpress before both stand alone software and with their website.  It's been a while since I used it, though, but I could at least take a PEEK and might could POKE that thing out of there. Or in the eye if you prefer.  It would be nice to put my college studies to good use.

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I don't know if it's related or not but since the issues with malware alerts on here I've been getting lots of emails from the same place and each time the message is a bit different.  I don't know if it helps but you might look up the wordpress code for anything similar to the address below.  It's posted only as a reference...don't use it!

Omar Gamez Vargas

omar.gamez.01@cfe.gob.mx

In the message it says to contact a michael.bloomberg51@gmail.com

Hope this helps.

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I have been search a way to see if anything placed Malware on my computer and trying to remove it. I found this YouTube Video. It is at the point that I need to use Microsoft Edge and type the forum URL directly.  Chrome will not let me get anywhere with the site.

 

 

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4 hours ago, slobu said:

I always knew Atari.io was unsafe.  A bunch of enthusiasts getting along without drama?  Gotta be a catch!

I blame Alexa...she's jealous because of us.  We have no drama and don't give Alexa anything to do.  She feels abandoned.  That's why she decided to put up those red screens.  Now we are all paying attention to her.

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Hey guys, still working this out. Looks to be somewhat costly and time consuming. HUGE turnoff from ever using Wordpress again given all of the vulnerabilities and how common malware infections have apparently become. Trying to enlist some professional assistance with this.

:pow: The Forums though continue to be safe! Apologies for the inconvenience. Everything else here will continue to move ahead as usual, with High Score Squad Challenges coming up, Wednesday Night Atari Chat tonight, and Secret Santa coming up also. Thanks!

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On 10/22/2019 at 12:48 PM, peteym5 said:

I have been search a way to see if anything placed Malware on my computer and trying to remove it. I found this YouTube Video. It is at the point that I need to use Microsoft Edge and type the forum URL directly.  Chrome will not let me get anywhere with the site.

All you need to do is click on the Detail link in the lower left. That will open up another page giving you all kinds of other warnings etc. But if you look in the lower right there is a link within the sentence that lets you continue on to the unsafe site anyway and that is how I've been accessing the forums.

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1 hour ago, CrossBow said:

All you need to do is click on the Detail link in the lower left. That will open up another page giving you all kinds of other warnings etc. But if you look in the lower right there is a link within the sentence that lets you continue on to the unsafe site anyway and that is how I've been accessing the forums.

⬆️ This is how you do it. Thanks @CrossBow!

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Thanks for all the feedback guys! This malware issue is a real headache. Turning out to be time consuming and expensive.

I'm sure most of you know that classic gaming and this website is a hobby for me. Because Atari I/O isn't a "business" I'm not always at my computer like a customer service attendant with the ability to immediately address issues as they arise. I'm probably in the middle of my work day, out somewhere with a lot to do and the rest of life to live outside of the site, just like the rest of us. You have to find a nice balance between spending time in the site, work life, spending time with loved ones and family, etc. I wish I could be in here 24/7 but this has to remain a hobby for me.

And because it's a hobby I've kept things simple. Atari I/O doesn't generate revenue. We don't sell homebrews, we don't have a merch store, we don't charge for premium memberships, we don't run ads, etc. (Although t-shirts and stickers would be a fun thing  that I'd like to do soon!) The site is a passion project of mine and I keep things simple since I'm maintaining the site on my own. Moderators help keep things going in the forums and weed out negative people, but everybody gets along here for the most part so that job ends up being pretty easy. It's keeping the site online, maintained, paid for, approving new members, and putting out "fires" that becomes my sole responsibility.

Remember when the chatroom used to go down occasionally? Or the big forums upgrade about a year ago? Things like that are kind of a big deal when I'm in the middle of my work day, far from my computer, without the time or ability to suddenly drop everything and focus on Atari stuff. It's a lot like taking care of a small child when it calls from the school nurse's office and needs to come home sick. Suddenly and unexpectedly you've got to drop everything you're doing and pay attention to it.

Because Atari I/O isn't a "business" and doesn't generate revenue, it doesn't pay for itself. I'm fine paying to keep the site hosted and online month after month, but when something like the malware issue comes up it can be costly. Suddenly it's hundreds of dollars to get it fixed and it's like something going bad on your car and blindsiding you. "You'll need two front wheel bearings, new shocks, plus labor and an alignment fee, that'll come to, oh about $800". 

I have to address issues as I'm able to and as time permits. Right now the site demands it. I really wanted to get into the Splatterhouse Squad Challenge this week, most of my Splatterhouse time though is getting chewed up by this dumb malware thing. I'm working on the issue and trying to get it taken care of asap. Doing the best I can with it. The forums themselves are not infected, it's only the portion of the site hosted on Wordpress. I'll keep you guys apprised.

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I should also post a big public thank you to @kamakazi20012 who has been very generous in offering a helping hand behind the scenes in getting this Malware issue resolved. Huge help! Thanks Kamakazi!

9 minutes ago, kamakazi20012 said:

Since we had this issue why don't you extend that Squad Challenge for the entire month.  I don't think the rest of us would mind.  I'm trying to participate.  This time of year is hectic for me.  If I can find time I will.

It's possible. I usually don't like doing that but we'll take a look at it. We have other Squad Challenges scheduled out for the rest of the year and this was meant to be a Halloween themed challenge, but maybe we can bump it back an additional 15 days if more people are going to jump in.

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As I've said before Atari I/O is my home.  I will do what ever it takes to help keep this place safe and online for every fan of not just Atari but video games in general.  Besides, I got to make good use of my college studies.  

You're welcome.  Any time I can be of help let me know.

Edited by kamakazi20012

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16 minutes ago, RickR said:

But extend if it means you'll also jump in, Justin!  

I definitely will! Hopefully Saturday or Sunday I'll have a chance to sit down and play. I plan on it! Maybe on Halloween night as well! I'll also remind BTB and see if he can get in on this, he's a big TG fan.

Thanks everyone for your help!

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