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This might be a long post, so please be patient.

About a week ago I posted up about problems with the server, on the 22nd of this month.

I thought I had fixed the issue, but a number of things didn't make sense. So I took a few days off work to do a proper job. What I found out after a small amount of research was that someone had hacked in to the forum server. I wasn't that worried as I could see that the code and data was all safe. The hard part was working out how this person got in, that took another day.

After a good nights sleep I got to thinking that as the hack was rather simplistic, 4 hours of a black hat site gave me most of the info. Did he leave anything in the system that a malware or virus scanner couldn't find.

Bingo, someone left a very tasty and cleaver backdoor in August. Very neat code I must admit, but it took an age to find.

So anyway, while I'm doing all this scanning and checking I was getting bored. I couldn't go back to work as I might get a hit on one of my scans, and have to spend another day doing it all over again.

In my boredom, as there seems to be nothing to watch on daytime TV I answered my phone from a number I didn't recognise, which I don't normally do.

The caller was from the Forum bank, Natwest, who wanted to have a chat with me, which they did.

The upshot I found out today was that they have decided to call in the Forum overdraft. That was a bit of a blow. I do own some property on the Broads, nd they refused to take that as collateral to keep the overdraft going.

I must admit that I can see the banks position as since July I've been more concerned about making  living for myself, rather than keeping cash going through the forum account.

So the bottom line is I will be selling my moorings in Oulton Broad, which I can't do until April 2014 at the earliest to cover the forum debt, but I need to cover about £4k until then, and I've only got 4 weeks to do it before Natwest shuts us down.

So any thoughts or suggestions, please PM or txt me.

But the lady from the bank did wish me to have a good week. I think I'm going to have a beer now    

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Hi Richard - I think its difficult for everyone at the moment!
We still struggle as a small business,  but proud to still be here and still manage to pay our loyal staff, suppliers etc which helps to keep several mortgages paid etc.

There are several successful business people on your membership list so maybe there can come up with some ideas!

Us paupers will/can chuck a few quid in the kitty to help you but you may need a more sustainable approach......

You also have a expensive 10th year in 2014 so a longterm plan may be worth looking into. Im sure you will receive a few PM's shortly!

Good luck
    

    

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Ok we need a fast  fundraiser!
What is the effect of the back door virus?

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Sep-30-2013 @ 11:28 PM                           Permalink
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Oh gosh, wish I could help. Really don't see why Richard should loose his moorings for this one. Richard, just how much a week is needed to keep the bank off your back, if you don't mind me asking and you don't mind telling us?

Richard, not that I am offering, perhaps you could sell the forum? It could and should make money so must have a value. It could never be the same in other hands but at least it would still be here.

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Chuffin 'eck  Gasp

The short term fix and you having to sell moorings will only give us a stay of execution in the long term - am I right in that?

There must be a cheaper way to run the forum.  What about the remote server route and you doing away with all the hardware / electric bills? not to mention you having to do fixes / maintenance both software and hardware related - that would relieve you of the
responsibilities and the amount of time it takes for you to sort them out

I had heard through the grapevine of a chap setting up a website/forum thing (Boat based) that now has over 2'500 members and he 'only' pays £300 a year, does this sound right?  -  I've not much of an idea about these dark mysteries if I'm honest

Having just checked my monthly subscription I was a tad surprised that my monthly subscription is still being paid to the old account. I will get that put right, I will also go chasing the
monies that has been going to the old account (Now confirmed as being closed) and whatever I am due back I will get that sent directly to you also, no idea as of yet how much it is though.

I can't help with a lump sum at present as I have had a very quiet year, just ticking along, work has picked up September and now very busy but playing catch up as best as I can.

With the amount of members we have if just a tenth of  them (927) donated a one off £10 that would be £9270 which would easily clear the overdraft and give you a fighting fund

Is just a one off £10 too much to ask?  probably for some it might be.

You will get my £20 per month and hopefully more will do the same.


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And another thing, if just 25 forumites each donated £20 per month that would give you a monthly running fund of £500, surely this would cover it and chip away at the overdraft?

Then there is your advertisers, I have no idea what you charge or they pay but with the hits / exposure the NBF has I would hope it is not peanuts.


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Donation sent.

Best wishes,

Pauline

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I wonder just how much other dosh has been heading up towards the
old account?

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Oct-01-2013 @ 7:13 AM                           Permalink
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this is very sad news. We have met some lovely folk on this site.

We donate £15.00 a month and last month sent £100.00 when the server crashed. Richard please can you confirm this is being received.

Please could you advise if the paypal is safe to use after the event of a virus and are our card details safe or should we change them ?

Not being tech o's we do not understand this .



Steve & Maggie.

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Oct-01-2013 @ 7:44 AM                           Permalink
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PayPal reached Richard last thing I heard. Surely the PayPal site
which manages the donations would be heavily defended? Our
details rest with them, not here. I certainly hope so!
The old account is a historical problem, Richard directed members to
change to the Natwest account when he set it up, and to cease using
the old one. Therefore most may have done that, unless like Griff,
they missed the instruction.
We certainly need the info. on the virus PDQ!

Best wishes,

Pauline

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