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    Hacked? Coincidence? Bad Luck?

    Shortly after the Hacking of CA, I started noticing odd computer glitches, i couldn't quite put my finger on what the problem was. I tried scanning my PC for any virus or trojan, but when i tried scanning....my pc crashed.... shortly later i attempt to turn on my pc after a long cool down and i hear a sizzle and smell smoke. 60% of my computer was destroyed in a domino effect. I lost my radeon 9800pro.... my asus motherboard, my 3 hard drives... my dvd reader/writer... you know what yeah... i lost everything i think but my ram...

    as you can figure i am in a pretty upset state. I am financially fucked, spiritally fucked, and... yeah. If you don't see me around as much again it's because i am trying to fix this... situation.



    I'm unsure if this was a 'hacking', but the fact that one night while turning off my pc i got the message "this will end your connection with another pc"...


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    Shit man... that sucks. If you're on a lan with your computer there might be the reason for the "you're connected to another" message.. if not.. get a firewall, and a good one

    I've once burned my motherboard, one harddrive, nvidia TNT, and more stuff.. so I know how much that truly sucks.

    death to hackers and prosperity to CA and all that nurture it.

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    that really sucks davi. sorry man

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    scary...I should probably figure out better how my network operates so I can protect it too.
    No warranty on any of those parts I suppose?

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    shit.
    man that really sucks...really sorry to hear that

    davi, come hang out and draw since youre without a computer.
    im around.

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    ah, that sucks, davi. i know its no consolation, but it must have been coincidence. theres no way for someone to destroy your hardware like that without physical access to your computer. pretty much the worst they can do is wipe your HD.

    at least you have an excuse to hit the sketchbook even harder now.
    ...so what if i'm bored, and ordinary?...

    currently playing: Super Mario 64 DS, ICO (grrrr....)

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    Do we know who is behind the hacking of CA?

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    awww man thats awefull i cant possibly imagine.

    yer e-mail
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    and now your puter.

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    That really sucks man, but it may not be directly aimed at you, if it helps.
    The net has recently become full of really malicious viruses and spyware. I narrowly avoided losing all of my stuff due to, of all things, an invasive program to show pop up windows for ringtones!

    It would bomb any internet connection in 2 seconds flat and it kept finding new places to hide. It took 4 hours to get rid of properly and get things back to normal.

    I'd heavily recommend getting a firewall (do a google search for zonealarm by lavasoft--they do a good free one for individuals) as well as adaware and a virus scanner.

    Just trying to make it look a little less pessimistic for you mate. Hope it helped

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    thanks guys.... i'm still a bit bleh...

    i don't know enough about computers, so i just guessed it was hacker related...

    i can't even do a back up right now because i don't have a dvd reader... hmm

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    Man, that really sucks. Computers just don't start to smoke for no reason. Hell, my PC (with an AMD atlon, we all know how those things overheat) didn't have a fan for about a month and it didn't do that. I dunno if you had a trojan, I'm not an expert on these things but I did have one on my PC one time. This prick was opening and closing my CD drive and opening porn sites on my PC. So I ctrl + alt + delete (Which makes the computer pause all current tasks so the guy couldn't command my PC to do anything else). I shut down my PC, and installed a virus protection.

    If I was you, I'd save all of those Hard drives. Maybe you can find an old crappy PC to plug it into and see if there was a virus and who sent it. That way you could bust the prick that hacked you. Also, do you have homeowners insurence? My mom spilled tea on her laptop a few years ago and broke it, and she got insurance money back for it.

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    being the my harddrives sorta...set on fire, i don't think there is much luck saving them unless i pay a few grand to get the data backed up by professionals.

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    I'm not an expert in PC, but I remember from my studies in info(you know, ASM, C, C++... all those nasty, nasty thing) that since hercule and cga card, you don't have access to 'sensible' part of the hardware. (In the old time(->1984?) some virus did have burn a bunch of screen...).
    Windows NT/2000/XP/2003, MacOS X, Linux don't let you play directly with the hardware, you must talk to the driver, so that reduces to nothing those risk.
    The only thing a hacker can do to destroy a computer is : use the processor in a burn process to made it become hot(in a well done box, impossible), or try to do the same with HD(meaningless read/write to elevate temp...). Both of those attempt can't work on a reasonably well mounted box and it take a good amount of time too. And the computer will be nearly not usable...

    Uhmm, btw, I hate hiting a man on the ground, but ram are sensitive things, so if everything else is burn, it's no good for them too

    One possible explaination is a sudden high voltage charge on your line. Or a short circuit from one of the piece. Hard to say, try to ask an expert (for an high voltage charge I know my electricity company must give me money...).

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    you think i could get money from my power company? ;p

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    That sucks.
    Man, you have more catastrophic computer troubles than anybody I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davi
    you think i could get money from my power company? ;p
    Unfortunately, no. A surge powerful enough to do what you described to your PC would have also fried every TV, stereo, microwave oven, or any other piece of electronic equipment in your house, possibly in your entire neighborhood. Sounds to me like a short circuit somewhere in you system.

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    damn thats shenanigans. sounds like your power supply screwed u over. if u truely need to back some stuff up. since we live in the same area i have a spare cd burner. i also have a dvd burner so if any of your drives work i coudl burn stuff to dvd for u. if u want we could do it before sunday, or whenever. if my comp died on me, i'd be completely fukked.

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    Some of those things might still be under warranty perhaps?
    There is a crack, a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in...

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    hmm... after considering this or a while I think there is a strong probability that one of your fans in your computer case started failing... running more slowly.. maybe even coming to a stop. Computer glitches are common with that... mainly computer freezes, graphical glitches, slow reaction times... and then you saw smoke... dunno if I'm correct but I'd guess your cpu fan blew (or in other words, didnt )

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    Quote Originally Posted by davi
    you think i could get money from my power company? ;p
    Davi... just out of curiosity, did you have a decent power supply in your machine? If the PS can be blamed, some companies offer to replace parts lost as a result. Just something to consider.

    And, please tell me you didn't have it plugged directly into the power outlet on the wall. Right?
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    dude that sucks man

    hope you get it sorted ... damn electronics.

    I had a disk crash just before going to Austin so i can understand a little of your pain. All my work was lost :-/

    Hope it gets better. It was nice meeting you in Austin.

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    It sounds to me like your power supply shorted out, which overheated and fried your system.

    Let it be known that if you have a high-end system, you need to get a good power supply for it. (I.E. Search through some hardware reviews to find one that's stable and suitable for your system.) The high-quality ones tend to run between 50-70 bucks. A sound investement, as anything less is just asking for overheating and hardware damage.

    That, and be sure to plug your computer into a surge protector.
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