Archive for August, 2010

XeNTaX attacked by virus

Saturday, August 28th, 2010 by Mr.Mouse

If you wondered why we were down, we suffered an attack by a bot. The last few days our host and us worked hard to remove the infection. We will spend some more time to update the code to latest versions as we go. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Webmaster note: We were hit by a virus called Gumblar. It was a more sophisticated virus than usual. It used the password stored in the scp client of one of our webmasters to gain access to our server. Once it had access, it added obfuscated and encoded javascript to all index.html, index.php, etc files, in order to spread the infection.

If you have visited the xentax main site or any of the xentax subdomains from the 25th of august to the 28th, it’s probably a good idea to run a virus scanner. If you’re a webmaster who stores ftp or scp passwords in a local client, check your site’s source code for suspicious scripts.

We are still cleaning up this shit, and are taking this opportunity to upgrade our forum and blog software as well. We will be busy with this at least until sunday, because as usual real life gets in the way: a friend of ours is getting married tomorrow.
Sorry for the downtime and the inconvenience it may have caused.

Final edit: The javascript exploits a weakness in adobe acrobat reader and flash, probably only in Windows. So if you run Linux or other Unix clones, you get to be smug and self satisfied that this particular virus doesn’t target you. If you run OSX you can remain clueless about this whole conversation.

Commodore 64 Scene Database Quantified!

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 by Mr.Mouse

CSDB12The Commodore 64 Scene Database (CSDb) is the principal archive that collects all C64-scene related material. I’ve run a raw analysis of the collected data so far and plotted it against time (1982-2009). The CSDb lists 88395 releases from 16363 sceners that were in 5729 groups during this time period. There’s a lot to analyse there. Check it out at the special page: CSDb Analyses