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Hello all,

thank goodness the network is back up, amirite?

For the past few days I've been working so hard to get them back up and thankfully it's paid off. However, some things won't be the same. Our most recent backup was from April 30th, was restored and from that structure we reset worlds and plots. Kingdoms voting managed to make it back, but creative hasn't. When possible, we will add tokens and creative voting again. I don't want to go on about what's gone and what's survived, I want to talk about the question that everyone has: what actually happened? This post will expain.

We host all of our database apart from the two most important, which are secured onto our web server. It's hosted on an OS known as Debian, and on the Raspberry Pi (if you don't know what those are, just pretend it's a database server). I made a simple mistake when I first set it up, and I didn't change the default password. This meant that anyone who knew that could login to it easily and take over, and that is what happened. I know the hacker, but they will not be named as it draws them attention and I don't want that. They took advantage of the default password instead of saying something and because I used my personal password for the databases, they logged into other accounts, such as LavaGaming's Twitter and my own, my website account, the server panels and my CloudFlare (a website securer) account. Inappropriate messages were sent from the Twitter, and the website was destroyed along with all of the server files which is why I had to use the latest server backup (April 30th). Thankfully, we have daily automatic website backups for the website so we simply used the most recent one.

Since the website was hacked, two-factor authentication was added and anyone is able to use it. If you don't know what TFA is, let me explain. It's a system when if you login, it will ask you for a code. That code will either can be sent to your e-mail, or generated on a mobile authentication application. Here's how:

UserCPFirst, click on your name in the top corner, and click on UserCP (User Control Panel).

 

On the side, you will see Overview, Private Messages, Alerts, and Profile Settings. Click on Profile Settings.

TFA Example 

Taa daa, you've found it! From there, you should be able to set it up easily. If you are having trouble, do not hesitate to contact me or another member of staff.

Please remember though, in case this happens again, and in case someone attempts to steal your personal information, change your password and (I recommend) turn(ing) on Two-factor Authentication.

Thank you everyone for reading, and we're going to get better again! #MakeLavaGamingGreatAgain

-Permanently

(Note to the hacker: I got an e-mail with your information, including your IP address whilst you hijacked one of my accounts, and since you live in the same country as me, I could go to the police about it. Thankfully, I won't, since it was my mistake and I accept, but I can go if you do any more damage and report anything else along with what you've caused so far. Beware.)



20 May 2016, 20:15 1 | 3

Hello,

If you didn't notice in the last 18 hours, someone had hacked into my account as an admin and messed up a lot of things, for example, email settings and the theme. They also browsed the user area meaning they could've accessed your account info. 

I have never been more serious in my life, but this is regarding all players.

If you registered before the 17th May, change your password immediately.

We care about all players on the network, so if you want to keep your personal information safe please do that as soon as you can. I will be releasing a YouTube video soon about what happened.

I will make a post in a few days explaining what's happened.

-Permanently



18 May 2016, 16:39 1 | 4

Hello all,
Voting is now ready! On creative there are tokens which you can earn by voting (/vote) and watching advertisements (/ad). Tokens can be used for special perks on /redeem which you can use for a certain amount of time. Currently there is WorldEdit for a week, /ptime for 24 hours and to donate points to other players. However, we still need more ideas, so feel free to post it on the forum!

On kingdoms, you can vote (/vote) and watch advertisements (/ad) for resource points for your kingdom, along with other in-game items! It helps other people as well as yourself.

Hope you all have fun! :D

-Permanently



15 May 2016, 14:55 1 | 1

Hello all,

We're now working on voting rewards! Whenever you vote, you will get something in each server (excluding the lobby), for example, resource points in kingdoms!

If you want to suggest any other rewards then feel free to do so on the forum. :)

Also, we're holding a donation store sale! You can get 30% OFF all ranks until 23:59:59 GMT (UK Time) 26th April. Have fun!

-Permanently



24 Apr 2016, 12:56 1 | 2

EDIT: Please ignore this post. We've had to change a few things.

Hello all,

The lobby has been updated to work with all 1.8 and 1.9 clients, so that every player can at least have fun with cosmetics. However, the 1.9 servers have got a big wall, dividing the use of elytras, sword sweep attacks, and noob towers. If you don't know what noob towers are, then you will probably know when you see this example of one: 

This is because we use a plugin to stop hackers called NoCheatPlus, and that is currently on it's  way to being updated to 1.9. The developers haven't managed to fix those problems yet but are on  their way to finishing the plugin. You can find out about their plugin milestone and it's development  by clicking here or going to https://github.com/NoCheatPlus/Issues/issues/56.

We hope you understand this issue, and this is hopefully get sorted soon!

-Permanently



06 Apr 2016, 15:51 1 | 2

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