Yep, that's exactly what happened. There are things hackers can
do to change dns entries if the dns servers aren't locked down,
(or if the hackers are persistent enough, they can do it even if
the dns servers are locked down if the hackers can guess from
where updates are allowed), then it's a simple matter for said
hacker to change dns records to point elsewhere. Generally, this
sort of thing happens when hosting companies leave their dns
servers open to updates from anywhere (not just their own
servers/networks), and as a result, it becomes an exercise in
record guessing for the hackers in question). Unfortunately, a
lot of hosting companies still don't lock down their dns records
even after repeated hacks like this, either because they don't
know how (someone really ought to teach isps that dns
configuration is more than just copying some text files and
dropping them into your dns directory), or because they think they
can't lock down things because they have updates coming from too
many locations (this is false, but often times, it's easier to
leave dns servers open to facilitate such updates), and so,
hackers have a field day with dns records, and the poor domain
owners usually have to deal with the fall-out). Not fun for
anyone but (presumably) the hackers in this go around.
I honestly don't see the draw of all of this nonsense, but
apparently, someone gets something out of it, which is why it's
done, but I never did figure out what the point of it all was.
In any case, it appears the problem is (for the moment) solved,
and the site should be operational for the time being, until
somebody gets it into their heads to go make said changes again.
On 7/25/2017 8:08 AM, Gene wrote:
I got the correct site just now. I'm not sure what is going
on and I don't have the technical knowledge to know if this
makes sense. I wonder if there is a DNS problem? Could someone
be changing where DNS servers, if that is the right term,
resolve to and doing nothing to the site or the actual server
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, July 24, 2017 10:50 PM
Subject: Re: question please, Re: [nvda] accessing
it is gene from New Zealand who has the Accessibility
Central.net website that is been diverted at the moment. it is
not my website so please do not go to it just in case.
until it is sorted out or hosted elsewhere i have zipped the
website up in a program called 7 zip file manager which was used
to do it.
you might need a program like that to access the contents of it.
you might have to make a folder first then put all the files into
then it is a matter of going to the index file and pressing the
enter key on it. to get to the information.
the zip file has been scanned with anti virus and malware programs
and it says it is clean.
If you want to download the zip file it is going to be put into a
drop box account which i will share on this list if you want it
until this is sorted out.
the drop box link is https://www.dropbox.com/s/ujcz7ui1i7qxp58/Accessibility%20Central%20Website.zip?dl=0
the copy or back up is from the 19 th of July if it is all there
and it looks like it.
not the thing i would usually do but just in case the info is lost
for any reason i would hate it not been shared as it was doing for
On 7/23/2017 1:54 PM, Laurie Mehta
via Groups.Io wrote:
Could someone please post how to remove a bookmark in firefox?
I want to remove my bookmark for now to avoid clicking on the tutorial page until it is safe again.
It is totally rotten that anyone would hijack such a thoughtfully arranged resource for us.
Gene, I'm sorry that this has happened.
Check out my website for NVDA
tutorials and other blindness related material at http://www.accessibilitycentral.net
Regardless of where you are in New Zealand if you are near one
of the APNK sites you can use a copy of the NVDA screen reader
on one of their computers. To find out which locations (or
location) is near to you please visit http://www.aotearoapeoplesnetwork.org/content/partner-libraries
(Aotearoa People's Network Kaharoa). To find an NVDA certified
expert near you, please visit the following link https://certification.nvaccess.org/
The certification page contains the official list of NVDA
certified individuals from around the world, who have sat and
successfully passed the NVDA expert exam.