It's been a minute since I posted part one and two of how HDA was hacked, but you can read about part 1 here, and part 2 here. Enjoy part 3!
Part 3 - Chasing down Liam
DISCLAIMER: This was a result of HDA staff getting slack with security + passwords which made us an easy target for hackers, if you follow this guide and change your passwords often without having too many duplicates, this won’t happen to you!
Read Part 1 here and Part 2 Here
So we start off this post by celebrating the one and only Mich, who #SurvivedMoM, it was a much welcome return amongst all the drama!
(still waiting for her Undercover Mich post TBQH!)
Back to the hacker, we tried to work out WHO THE F*@K this guy was, a few days had passed at this point and nobody had come forward to claim the hack, which hackers typically tend to do since most of them have no satisfaction/positive reinforcement/actual life offline and require strangers to be like ‘omg wow m8 u hacked that random habbo game gr8!’ so we were officially weirded out by the actual radio silence! We tried emailing him:
And we never heard anything back, we were still confused!
(Spoiler, we couldn’t assume the same person that hacked our forums, hacked HDA-founder!)
I started to look more into the forum hack though, since at this stage I was weirded out about the connections between the hda-founder hack and the forum hack that happened months ago.
We established that the account that was hacked to gain access to our forums, the account was compromised by the previously mentioned email dump. The password + email combo was used on another hacked site, then used on our forums, all the hacker had to do was log in! The hacker changed the name to Black Thanos
And proceeded to delete all posts, which made bringing everything back a bit of a nightmare. So once we worked out all these details, including how the hacker got IN, we checked everywhere to see if our email/password for hda-founder was compromised in the same way, IT WASN’T! So another dead end basically.
We did find another connection though. The original email dump used to hack our forums said ‘Love From Liam’ on it, which was connected to some of our members being hacked last year:
Which, at the time, we talked about a LOT…
And we eventually connected all of this hacking drama to this guy, Conditioners, AKA Liam.
And he even made an appearance on SWAT’s NP!!:
So my assumption was at this point in time Liam = Conditioners = the guy that grabbed all our data and published it online = hacked a bunch of HDA members, and had connections to Mafia.
But was this all connected to the HDA-Founder hack? Was this Conditioners guy the same person that hacked the forums? Or were we dealing with three different people?
And yes, if you are wondering, by this stage my life at this point in time could be summed up in one image:
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Edited by: Vibrational