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News to know: beware of phishing scams!

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 31, 2011, 8:19 AM
There is currently an individual or group of individuals who have created a fake deviantART login page, and they're using hijacked accounts to continue to share the URL of the fake page.

:star:  Please spread the word:

If you click a link that directs you through the deviantART "There Be Monsters Out There" outgoing link page and you unexpectedly return back to deviantART while logged out, check the URL of where you are before entering any of your details.

The proper URL for the actual deviantART login page is: deviantart.com/users/login.  (Note that there is nothing between "deviantart" and "com" except for a "dot.")  

If you find yourself unexpectedly logged out after clicking an offsite link, immediately check the URL to see if anything extra has been added -- this would indicate that you are in fact on a 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 -- solely focused on trying to steal your account information.  Do not enter your details!

In addition, please note that our main login page always shows on https (secure login).

We are currently tracking and banning the accounts being used to spread this scam and have blacklisted the actual URL of the phishing site.  We've also contacted the company involved in hosting the phishing attempt(s) and have their cooperation in remedying the situation.

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, 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 if 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.

Thank you for your understanding. We also thank you for your vigilance in reporting this incident to us. Please note that we care about your safety elsewhere on the Internet, and these tricks -- knowing how to spot a fake URL and looking for the "https" secure login -- is good advice for any site you frequent and log in to.  Feel free to pass on this information to your friends and watchers so that we can help prevent further spread of the attacks.

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Prince-Jamie-The-7th Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
People are going around saying there are hackers via journal and if you don't post it, you're account is hacked, that's obviously chain mail!
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:iconcasirethedragon11:
Casirethedragon11 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I cant believe it was a scam >.<
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:iconxnessax:
Xnessax Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student General Artist
I never will be hacked... Forever. I have over 2000 deviants. My account is just worth for it ,but not worth so cuz i'm already unpopularous ,everyone forgot about me and i forget them :( When i had hard timing and problems so much on front.
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:iconazure-dragon-seiryu:
Azure-Dragon-Seiryu Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah I just a computer virus but I wasn't hacked so explain that one.
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:iconkamipanda:
kamipanda Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Phishing scam?

yeah..

My account got hacked by someone for about a month ago, and it says that my account currently locked by dA until they restore it to the rightful owner.. I've emailed the help desk a couple times, but there's no reply until now..

I'm still unable to login until now..

what should I do? I'm not gonna just sit around when an account that I make a lot of effort hacked just like that?

help!
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:iconold-paleoclipper:
Old-PaleoClipper Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What's this "hacker302" thing that is going around? We are supposed to repost this journal so this unknown person doesn't hack our passwords?
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:iconsilvertsubasa45:
SilverTsubasa45 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Phishing? Another term I'm uncovering and have never heard of. Help!
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:iconairin99:
airin99 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student General Artist
Phising is when you log into any account (such as dA, Facebook, Twitter, ect.) that isn't the real website you're trying to log onto. After you login, the person who owns the fake site will be able to get your usernamme/email and password and can hack into your account. spam messages on your journal or other friends accounts are normal once your password is known, so change your password if you get any! hope this helps!
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SilverTsubasa45 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! It did indeed.
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:iconpixiepearl:
pixiepearl Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank GOD! I'm probably late but thanks for the warning ^^ And I have the real DA URL on my bookmarks, and I never let the web save my password, so I think i'm covered.
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:iconxnessax:
Xnessax Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student General Artist
I have it in my mind . :D it's easy.. Like [link] this is very simple to write.
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:iconjasmin98:
Jasmin98 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
:D
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:icongreysky3:
greysky3 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks fro telling us!
I'll keep that in mind.
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:iconsasuxlove:
SasuXLove Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student General Artist
That's awful!
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:iconsvennybean:
svennybean Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Scared :iconcryforeverplz:
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:iconktthekitten:
KTthekitten Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Artist
That's awful! D:
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:iconechokatt:
EchoKatt Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:ohnoes:
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:iconaskmintyandfluffy:
AskMintyandFluffy Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
I hope this isn't still happening.
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:iconredeyedyoshi:
Redeyedyoshi Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SOPA and now this? please
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:iconninjazombiecat:
NinjaZombieCat Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Um... I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but things like this are ALWAYS happening, whether it be for you email account or deviantart, there are always hackers out there. This is one of the things that SOPA was trying to prevent...
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:iconwolfinstar:
Wolfinstar Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
SOPA would* (not help)
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:iconninjazombiecat:
NinjaZombieCat Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know that SOPA wouldn't help at all, but it's one of the things that they were trying to censor nonetheless.
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:iconwolfinstar:
Wolfinstar Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
SOPA would also help censor some of DevART, like copyrighted works under CC license. (Also, that is a really, REALLY old comment.)
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:iconsuper-lemmy-koopa:
Super-Lemmy-koopa Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
wooow
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:iconflyffel:
Flyffel Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student
Is this still happening?
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:icondarkspyro110:
DarkSpyro110 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
What happened to cynder-and-spyro fan's account?! Awwwww!!!!! im her/him bigggest fan!!! is there a link to her/his spyro comics???!!!
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:iconmysterydragoness:
mysterydragoness Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She moved ^^; do you want me to give you her page link?
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:iconwaterfallouo:
WaterfallOUO Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
ok. thanks.
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:iconsilver-wing-mk2:
silver-wing-mk2 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Im aware of a couple a-holes like so
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:iconblackdoor8:
blackdoor8 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional
YES IS VERRY GOOD
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:iconblackdoor8:
blackdoor8 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional
IS FEU GREEN
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:iconrainbowdashaxew:
RainbowDashAxew Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Student Writer
Thanks for the warning.Now I can tell my friend what happened with her's. ^^
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:iconshiva722blarb:
Shiva722BLARB Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Student Writer
Can someone tell me the real website so I can know for sure.
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rgraven Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
Be one of the fist to follow this awesome new company before its too trendy!!! [link]
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ShiranuiOkamiWolf Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...
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:iconmidnitestardust:
midnitestardust Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
who would do such a silly thing? -.-
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:iconteh-lucario:
Teh-Lucario Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ruh Roh....
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:iconbabsliquer:
BabsLiquer Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe I have found us a troll...either that or a terrible noob.

Two accounts, both with the same Dev ID; same picture, and same text, which reads:

hey, instead of sending me a thanks for the fave, you could help me out by checking out my youtube, thumbing up the vids and subscribing and faving :O! if you do it send me a message telling me you have and ill share your gallery with my arty friends online (if you want)

click the link below :D
www.youtube.com/user/mixxyleigh


Both accounts link to the same youtube account. I haven't click the link, for it seems fishy to me.

[link]
[link]

Both say "joined this week".

As I said, it just seems really fishy :/ And I wasn't quite sure where to post this, or who to send it to.
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:iconmidnitestardust:
midnitestardust Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
I meant to say two accounts, not multiple accounts ^^" Sorry about that.

However, if you create multiple accounts just to add the work from your other account to your favorites in your account, then it is considered as cheating on deviantART :(
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:iconmidnitestardust:
midnitestardust Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
There is nothing wrong with having two accounts on deviantART ^^ I have multiple accounts on this website~~ ^_^
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:icondawnartist:
DawnArtist Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
uh..
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:iconevil-black-sparx-77:
Evil-Black-Sparx-77 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the warning!
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:iconkyuubi83256:
Kyuubi83256 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I got that letter a long time after i read this and you have no idea how much i was scared in that moment QAQ
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:iconraph1966:
Raph1966 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh crud. I wonder if this happened to ME. Before this warning came up, I logged in on one of my other DA accounts and did fine. Left DA (x'd out) checked out Wiki or something, then came back to find that account logged out. I NEVER LOG OUT. :fear:
So....what should I do? :worry:
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:iconpyro-r:
Pyro-R Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011   General Artist
I think that was how one of my friends got banned..
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:icontanteikidfan13:
TanteiKIDFan13 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
Gah. Why would someone want to do that?

Thanks for the heads-up though! I'll remember this!
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:iconsectumsempra101:
Sectumsempra101 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Why would somebody want to do that? You could spend your time doing something useful.
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Eldesttemplar Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student General Artist
:grinclubplz: ?
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:iconeldesttemplar:
Eldesttemplar Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student General Artist
DANGIT IT DIDNT WORK
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