News Item: Guestbook Shutoff
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Dear Presidents, Alumni, and Friends of the China Hong Kong Mission,
I apologize for the intrusion but felt this information was of importance. I turned off the Guestbook feature today for the CHKM web site. Many of the mission.net web sites have experienced spamming attacks on their web sites through the Guestbook feature. We are unaware of any lost data or compromised names and addresses. However, to preclude any incident or problem, many of the webmasters, myself included, have shut off this feature to protect the integrity of the site.
Just so you know, the owners of mission.net have allow Google and other search engine companies to index the many mission sites. The reason is to allow alumni that may have been searching for former companions, friends, or mission information, the opportunity to locate the mission site and become a member. As a result of allowing this indexing, many hundreds of former alumni have found their way to mission.net and their respective mission alumni web site.
Unfortunately, many disreputable individuals are also taking advantage of the exposure of mission.net to the web and are loading guest books with Spam of a questionable, and in some cases, immoral nature. We are unaware of any Spam having hostile code that would circumvent the many security features of mission.net. Since the majority of Spam has been posted to the Guestbook, that seemed the first step in increasing our security posture.
Rest assured that no data from the China Hong King Alumni web site has been compromised. Our Guestbook was not attacked and I have not detected any attempts to circumvent the administrative settings of the site.
As a registered user, you can login to the China Hong Kong Alumni site and still post to the "Messages" section of the site. If you have forgotten your login information, follow these instructions:
1. Search for yourself in the appropriate database (alumni, friend, current)
2. Click on your name in the resulting list
3. Click on the "Edit Profile" link.
In the resulting login screen, click on the "Request Password" link. Your username and a new temporary password will be email to you shortly.
Thank you for your continued use and support of the China Hong Kong Mission Alumni web site.
David van der Leek
LDS Mission Network
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