Please spread the word.
This is urgent and could affect many more people.
IF YOU HAVE THIS, AND ARE WORRIED IT IS YOUR LAPTOP / DEVICE PLAYING UP, IT ISN'T. MESSAGE DEVIANTART STAFF IMMEDIATELY, AND IF IT PROGRESSES TO SOMETHING WORSE, CHANGE ALL YOUR PASSWORDS.
THIS IS A SIGN THAT THIS COULD POSSIBLY IMPLY DEVIANTART IS NOW SUFFERING FROM HEARTBLEED*.
How This Begun
So a couple of days ago, after a seemingly normal update forced upon me (as usual) after I logged off of deviantART and shut the laptop down for the night. Things went a bit weird the following day.
This all happened the day after when I signed back in to deviantART.
The CD icon appeared beside the cursor - showing spyware and also an access of the internal disc, causing my laptop to momentarily let the fan go in to "hyperdrive" causing it to be loud - as if it were overheating for a few seconds. Along with this, the laptop flicked back onto the lock screen, showing a different screen (that of the Hacker's) before quickly flicking back on to my own.
Knowing that when that CD icon appears only when you have spyware (due to previously trying out hacking my foster sister to see what it looked like) I knew what it was immediately, and instantly pulled out her laptop to start a reverse attack.
However, this person - or group - seemed to "pretend" to be amateur to lull me in - clearly showing that they had an idea I knew to attack, as I've not been able to get well into their device. (I get stuck at certain points).
Anyway, after thinking it had all gone, I logged onto deviantART via my iPhone 4s, and tried to reply to a comment - failing to do so. Thinking it was just the internet connection, I logged off, however, later my phone started playing up, and insisted on games that don't need wifi or data roaming that it be turned on.
Earlier on, I was on Airplane mode, yet my phone was able to access the internet and even sign into game-centre when on games. (Whichshould be impossible according to apple unless your phone is jailbroken which mine is not - after speaking to them on a landline phone - unless it was because of spyware or an internet attacker.)
Along with this, my phone sent me texts from and unknown ID, holding symbols, and this means that you are being watched as it's commands from the hacker which aren't properly cleaned up.
It also rendered my laptop unable to shut down, with it instead returning back to the lock screen - again a sign of spyware.
Tracing the IP address of this hacker(s) also brought me to several deviants on this website, none came up more than once, implying that the hacker is scrambling the source.
Here are a list of deviants ( WHO I REMEMBER) who have a risk of being infected due to it leading me straight to being logged in to their accounts, which shows the hacker could be lying in wait in their accounts, or it was just by chance that it lead me to their accounts, however I still think they should be wary.
What is done
Anyway, this hacker gets into your account and lies in wait for you to log in, and when you do, it means they can get into the device that you logged in on, install the spyware and virus, and bam, they're in your device.
This means that if you log into another account, they can also get into that, and that means, for me that my shared accountEquestrianHarmony
is also infected, and as it passes on - like an illness - to other accounts that log in, so this means that,MelodySArtist
,@The-Candy-Ponyand also MyPaintedMelody
are at a very high
They also go through your computer, corrupt files, upload files and stop you from deleting anything.
Minor viruses - that anti-virus can easily remove without you ever knowing that they were there - are also uploaded, and internet security is also scrambled and muddled with.
Along with this, pornographic images are also uploaded to your computer and dA stash (WHEN YOU CAN EASILY TELL YOU ARE INFECTED) and possibly even your actual gallery.
After this person (or group of people as it seems) realised I knew they were in and how to hack them back, efforts seemed to dissipate, however that's probably them lulling me into a false sense of security again.
Also remember, that if you are using a public computer and you log onto your account, and somebody before hand - who is infected - has logged in, you will also become infected, with the hacker/s just biding their time until they go in for the kill with your device and account.
Due to this incredibly strange - yet clever - nature of this programmed virus, it means we are ALL at risk. So I advise you to spread the word, so other people know what to do, as seeing something like this (KNOWLEDGE) may put the hacker(s) off getting into your computer / laptop / phone (They can get into anything that can log in to deviantART).
Please be aware of this everyone. This is some nasty hacking. Also, cover up webcams. Mine has been turning on and off recently, but mine is covered up - my phone though? well I now hold my fingers over the cams.
So yeah... bye... and be careful.
*I have only assumed this due to other sites I used that suffered from similar issues
I was chatting to some tech people through wattpad, and the best things to do are listed here:
Turn your wifi / internet off on your device before
you shut it down.
Turn internet connections off when you aren't using it, even if it's for a few minutes.
Change all passwords, including laptop and phone passwords that aren't connected to dA. (like the phone screenlock)
Make sure all internet security and virus protections are well up-to-date. Excessively check with them until the issues are resolved.