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Journal Entry: Wed Aug 31, 2011, 8:16 AM


New Phishing Site Hazards


Being an extreme large community composed of a good number younger people deviantART unfortunately becomes the target of spammers and phishers.

Currently we have an individual or Group of individuals using a fake deviantART login page and they are using hijacked accounts in order to spread the URL to this fake page.

Please spread the work that if you click on a link which directs you through the deviantART "There Be Monsters Out There" outgoing link page and you unexpectedly appear to wind up back on deviantART while logged out  then you should please check the URL of where you are before you enter any of your details.

The proper URL for the actual deviantART login page is; DEVIANTART.COM/USERS/LOGIN- Note that there is nothing bwtween "deviantart" and "com" except for a "dot".

If you find yourself unexpectedly logged out after clicking an offsite link please immediately check the URL to see if there is anything extra added into it which would indicate that you are in fact on some third party website masquerading as deviantART- for example if the URL reads something like DEVIANTART.[SOMETHING].COM/USERS/LOGIN then you are no longer on deviantART and you should not attempt to login.

If there are any words at all between "deviantART" and "com" then you are on a phishing site.

Addressing the Issue


We are currently tracking and banning the accounts being used to spread this phishing site and we have blacklisted the actual URL of the phishing site as well and we are looking into having the site disabled as quickly as possible.

In the meantime the phisher may move to using URL shortening services in order to bypass the blacklist against their own site and if this is the case then we will move to blacklist these shortening services as well at least temporarily.

While we do understand that URL shortening services (such as bit.ly) are popular and well used we will be putting the safety and security of our members ahead of the convenience offered by these services so f you are a routine user of such a service and your use is suddenly blocked please be aware that it is not a bug but a security measure which we have put into place for a period of time.

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simonpark81 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its important to keep up to date with crap like this. too many people out there trying to trick the common man outta whats ours etc. faved to spread the word. :salute:
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Diren-chan Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*facepalm* This is just redicilous, some trolls and spammers are abusing dA and considder it as one of the worst offen internet communyties sites in history, going through other users profiles and harrashing them, stealing their arts and claim, they "made" it themselfs? FFFFFFFFFFFFFFF... Oh my god...

One of my watchers accounts have been hacked and had so much issues to log in into their accounts or have been banned.
Oh well... Thanks for sharing this message.:salute:
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Yerdian Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm going to fave this journal and keep it in mind.
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JaguarPaws Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i hate spammers, i see them all the time but i don't usually click on the links if the person has no art ,if i don't know them well enough and if i just get a weird feeling about the page
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ScruffAdoptables Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Know the link to the site?
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realitysquared Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I do know the link to the site and it has been taken down by the hosting provider at this point in time so it is irrelevant.
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ScruffAdoptables Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
Good, i was getting scared
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tmpst24myst Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Student Writer
Because I've read this 27 times and have a widget thingy on my page dedicated to this issue, I'm going to read some of your older journals.
I've missed them. I missed alot while I was on internet vacation.
Dae :shamrock:
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PrincessKooh Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I hope Staff are also considering Permanent IP bans On the hackers as well just to be safe given the severity of the situation
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realitysquared Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
IP bans are pretty much worthless against anybody who really knows what they are doing on the Internet.
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