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Too much partying last night?  :P

@AnthonyCerreta
…from my g1

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Today I received an email from Media Temple that there was an "impending change to the passwords for all database users on your (gs) Grid Service.  Unfortunately there has seems to have been a brute-froce hack attempt on Media Temple servers.  Nonetheless, the website hosting company is not only changing the passwords for it's customer's databases automaticcaly, they are also automatically updating the database configurations in most popular CMS applications (such as Joomla, Drupal & WordPress)

As owner of a few databases (and responsible for many more at matrixx), this is why I recommend media temple.  Now if I could get everyone to update their site to "most major CMS applications" …  ;)

@AnthonyCerreta
…from my g1

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: "(mt) Media Temple"
Date: Mar 12, 2010 7:31 PM
Subject: Notice of Upcoming MySQL Database User Password Change
To: "Anthony Cerreta"

Dear Site Owner,

This is a preliminary notification about an impending change to the passwords for all database users on your (gs) Grid-Service. Due to recent developments regarding System Incident #1167, we have found that this action is a required safety precaution: http://weblog.mediatemple.net/weblog/category/system-incidents/gs-investigating-potential-exploit/

We will send you an additional email notification 24-hours prior to the actual change.

VERY IMPORTANT:

Please do not change your database user passwords back to their former value(s). Returning database passwords back to previous versions may allow malicious parties to gain future access to one or more of your databases. If you do choose to change one or more database passwords back, you will be notified by (mt) Media Temple and your site may be temporarily suspended.

In an attempt to make this a more seamless process, (mt) Engineers have developed custom scripts that automatically find and update the database configuration files used by most major CMS applications (if installed using standard methods). The scripts were designed to auto-update the following:

 - Drupal
 - Joomla
 - Expression Engine
 - Magento
 - Miva
 - phpBB3
 - WordPress
 - vBulletin
 - ZenCart
 - all standard Rails and Django applications

In other words: If you are using one of those applications, not only will we be automatically updating your database user passwords, we will also update your CMS/application configuration to include the new passwords. If you happen to use other database-oriented applications, the following article contains an FAQ regarding this email notification and also discusses how to update your database configuration files and/or reset database passwords: http://kb.mediatemple.net/questions/1807/

While closer investigation is still underway, we believe that certain database passwords were possibly obtained by hackers via trial-and-error methods. Unfortunately, these "brute forcing" techniques may have slipped passed our intrusion detection systems: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Password_cracking

We understand that changing database passwords is not a preferred solution, but we have exhausted all other routes to try to avoid this specific action. Once the password change has been completed, you will be notified via email and our internal system will automatically open a new Support Request for your account within the AccountCenter. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time, and we thank you for your patience and understanding regarding this matter.

Regards,

(mt) Media Temple, Inc
Hosting Operations

Posted via email from ntho: anthony cerreta

Today I received an email from Media Temple that there was an "impending change to the passwords for all database users on your (gs) Grid Service.  Unfortunately there has seems to have been a brute-froce hack attempt on Media Temple servers.  Nonetheless, the website hosting company is not only changing the passwords for it's customer's databases automaticcaly, they are also automatically updating the database configurations in most popular CMS applications (such as Joomla, Drupal & WordPress)

As owner of a few databases (and responsible for many more at matrixx), this is why I recommend media temple.  Now if I could get everyone to update their site to "most major CMS applications" …  ;)

@AnthonyCerreta
…from my g1

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: "(mt) Media Temple"
Date: Mar 12, 2010 7:31 PM
Subject: Notice of Upcoming MySQL Database User Password Change
To: "Anthony Cerreta"

Dear Site Owner,

This is a preliminary notification about an impending change to the passwords for all database users on your (gs) Grid-Service. Due to recent developments regarding System Incident #1167, we have found that this action is a required safety precaution: http://weblog.mediatemple.net/weblog/category/system-incidents/gs-investigating-potential-exploit/

We will send you an additional email notification 24-hours prior to the actual change.

VERY IMPORTANT:

Please do not change your database user passwords back to their former value(s). Returning database passwords back to previous versions may allow malicious parties to gain future access to one or more of your databases. If you do choose to change one or more database passwords back, you will be notified by (mt) Media Temple and your site may be temporarily suspended.

In an attempt to make this a more seamless process, (mt) Engineers have developed custom scripts that automatically find and update the database configuration files used by most major CMS applications (if installed using standard methods). The scripts were designed to auto-update the following:

 - Drupal
 - Joomla
 - Expression Engine
 - Magento
 - Miva
 - phpBB3
 - WordPress
 - vBulletin
 - ZenCart
 - all standard Rails and Django applications

In other words: If you are using one of those applications, not only will we be automatically updating your database user passwords, we will also update your CMS/application configuration to include the new passwords. If you happen to use other database-oriented applications, the following article contains an FAQ regarding this email notification and also discusses how to update your database configuration files and/or reset database passwords: http://kb.mediatemple.net/questions/1807/

While closer investigation is still underway, we believe that certain database passwords were possibly obtained by hackers via trial-and-error methods. Unfortunately, these "brute forcing" techniques may have slipped passed our intrusion detection systems: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Password_cracking

We understand that changing database passwords is not a preferred solution, but we have exhausted all other routes to try to avoid this specific action. Once the password change has been completed, you will be notified via email and our internal system will automatically open a new Support Request for your account within the AccountCenter. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time, and we thank you for your patience and understanding regarding this matter.

Regards,

(mt) Media Temple, Inc
Hosting Operations

Posted via email from ntho: anthony cerreta

What's more terrifying than a call coming from inside the house? The call coming from inside the theater. That's the thought behind Last Call, an interactive horror film in which the main character calls a random audience member for help.

 

Hat tip to @HelsinkiValo for finding this one!

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This is not stainless steel….it is White Gold.
 

  
 
 
Recession? Recession for who? Was this the cause!?

It's a Mercedes Benz owned by an Abu Dhabi oil billionaire (naturally).  Featuring the newly developed V10 quad turbo with 1,600 horsepower and 2800nm of torque  0-100km/h in less than 2secs, 1/4 mile in 6.89 secs running on biofuel.  (again, naturally)  I heard a rumor that this car was worth about $5 million dollars but I have not been able to confirm it.  At 5 million it's probably not the cause of the recession, but it's definitely not the solution either.

What's next, cars that are controlled by video game controllers?  Oh wait, Mercedes seems to be already working on it -> http://ntho.posterous.com/future-mercedes-concept-car-wi-1  Nonetheless it makes me wonder who will be the first to own it or how much they'll pay for the technology.
 
SMH

Check out these links for more about the White Gold Mercedes …

http://forum.kshore.com/thread-88.html

http://www.worldamazinginformation.com/2009/03/mercedes-benz-built-in-white-gold.html

http://forum.ih8mud.com/chit-chat-section/329622-billionaires-mercedes-body-panels-made-white-gold.html

@AnthonyCerreta

PS: First person to let me know was my grandma :)

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From: JUNE CERRETA
Date: Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 6:34 PM
Subject: stainless – no
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