Registered: Jan 1999
Location: Rochester, NY USA
I know that some people will just believe what they care to, but hey, what can you do? People just love to start issues on things like this and jump to accuse at any chance they get. They look to find ways to do so. But at the same time, it is no different that I saying that "We think that Member X has hacked our server and looked at everything. But we are not 100% sure of this, but we thought we would mention it anyways."
In any case...Seeing that the database (MySQL in this case) is not encrypted except for the password themselves, it is all stored in readable text. That means, any form of software like this has accessible data.
You can access the data from the command prompt of the server, via software like PHP-MyAdmin, or by a number of different ways. Be it this site or any other of the same type of site, this holds true.
Example...You do not think of it, but even your e-mails are sent and come in to the servers as readable text. Any admin who cares to can read any of it, anytime, unless an encryption system is used. 9And then that is not even 100%)
Seeing that PM's fly into these type of forums all the time, one would want to care to take the time to look. In this case of sites like this, a case could be called when spamming takes place, abuse of the system, personal threats that are reported and needed to be looked into, etc. Even legal matters where we can be asked to look into issues. BTW...You may recall a blanket warning was given about terrorists using publicly accessible forums like this with such a PM feature to communicate with the general "be alert" kind of tone.
To sum it up...I really do not have the time, nor the care to go looking for issues. People send me copies of PM's they have received. People send me e-mail they have received. People send me items that have been posted on other sites. (Same goes for the mods, they get they same type of mail.) I really have no need to go look for reasons to suspend or ban a person, they seem to come to me I am sorry to say. It is the same reason I do not even visit one site all together, why would I care to read what is being said to attack me, the mods, or the site? You see, I do not really care to read that type of message, for they do not know me personally, so I can not take it personally as such. However, attack my name in a campaign to deface me or attack my interests and company, than that is a different story all together. One however I personally do not handle.
I have worked for the local government for 12 years as Director of Network Operations and Security. I had access to every piece of data on the network from the police to the courts. I never would have not looked up data on something unless it was needed and asked for in writing. System admins need to live by such standards and rules. If not, things could be a real mess if their was no trust in such people. Even the admin who helps with this servers back-end can read them if he so chooses.
On a side note...I am happy, but sad, to say that as of last Friday I am now 100% self-employed running just my companies. I resigned 4 weeks ago to work in the field I enjoy so...that being, home theater.
As mentioned, people will believe what they care to and twist things to fit their needs. You asked so, I gave you the info that seems some others in the thread already have. Like I said, it is easy to just take something and make something of it that is not really their.
For what it is worth...At this time on this forum are 97,039 messages.
Hope this helps.
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