2018 April/May/June Update:

As you know, most of the year I publish 2 to 3 articles a day.

However, every year during convention season, I take a break from that to go full swing CosPlay.

From early April 2018 to late June 2018, article posting schedule will be sporadic, while CosPlay Season and Convention events are going full swing.

During this time period, you can expect most, possible all new articles to be focused on costume making, CosPlay, and the characters I'm CosPlaying.

UPDATE: It's now divided into 7 pages. The primary page "Meet Avallach" is now over 20,000 words long. At this rate, it'll cross 60,000 long before the costume is finished, and that's not including the other 5 pages. The primary page has now crossed 60,000 89,000 words and counting, the whole set of Avallac'h pages are now more than 200,000 words long, and more then 500 pictures of Avallac'h and his friends have now been uploaded on these pages, plus there are now 400+ hour-long videos f the costume making process as we record live, every second of this insanely elaborate, over the top CosPlay project.

As of May 19, just 29 days to PortCon we are embroidering his blue coat in a countdown against the clock to finish in time for the event, while we pray that The Dazzling Razzberry will be re-weilded back together and drivable in time for PortCon, after it's recent vandalism by Old Orchard Beach's ever growing Ku Klux Klan problem.

There will still be daily updates, but the BULK of the daily updates will be limited to the pages linked here:

  1. The Avallac'h CosPlay: Who is Avallac'h?
  2. Obsession: Meet Avallac'h
  3. [NSFW] Avallac'h & His Nude Women | Witcher 3 Game Screenshots
  4. Historical Accuracy vs Avallac'h (to go live later this summer)
  5. The Avallac'h CosPlay Costume Making Vlogs (will go live AFTER finishing the costume)
  6. How To Make The Avallac'h CosPlay (will go live AFTER PortCon)
  7. How Much Did It Cost? ($800+ will run to around $3,000) Budgeting The Avallac'h CosPlay (eing written as the costume is being made, will go live after completion of the costume)
  8. Why do children CosPlay rapists & rape victims? & WHY Avallac'h is a M18+ character. 
  9. PortConMaine 2018
  10. On Being a Handicapped CosPlayer: A Look At Events of PortConMaine 2017 That Resulted In 3 Disabled CosPlayers Getting hurt at The Convention and How These Things Could Have Been Avoided


After PortCon Update:

PortCon 2018 is over... but the making of the Avallac'h CosPlay is not. It is not possible to make a costume as detailed as I'm making in fewer then 400 hours, and only 129 hours went into the simplified first run version you saw at PortCon'18. The complete version will not be seen until PortCon'19

If you want to see this costume in person and watch it's progression onward as I continue to expand it... I'll be wearing it at the monthly Maine Association of CosPlay Enthusiasts (M.A.C.E.) events, throughout 2018 and 2019, you are welcome to join us. The list of current events can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/293470827423558/events/ This list is updated monthly, so be sure to check back often to find all the dates, locations, and details of events.



Hackers, Plagers, Pirates, & Thieves.... When Your Work Is Stolen




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Help, I think I've been Hacked


Help, I think I've been Hacked

 #1387604  by Janice from smalldogplace.com 
 02 Dec 2017 13:49

I wasn't sure where to post this but it does have to do with my contact form but please, admin, change it if it fits better somewhere else.

I was contacted several days ago by someone who informed me that there is a website that is very similar to mine and they supposedly sell puppies, however, the site appears to be a scam. The scam site is miracleshihtzupups dot com and mine is miracleshihtzu dot com. Nothing about this other site sounds legit and I started to investigate.

I checked tineye to see where the photos came from. The photos were original. However, after clicking on each picture, I came upon one that had a couple cans of Coke in the background. It is hard to mistake that trademark, except these cans did not say Coke and I couldn't even make out what they did say, making me believe that the picture was not taken in an English speaking country.

I checked whois but there was no name associated with the site. The server was based in Cypress. 

I read the emails that my "informant" sent to me and all of them said they were located in California, but their English wasn't quite right. (The types of mistakes that a native English speaker would not make.)

The prices they were selling the puppies for wasn't right either (way too low) and they claimed they could ship anywhere in the world for $100 USD. I haven't found an airline ticket that cheap for as long as I can remember. 

So I was going to post on the forums yesterday to see if anyone could tell me what I could do about this when...

Today the "informant" said that he was actually contacting me via my Contact Form and somehow it was redirected to this scam site.

The last thing I need is to be associated with a scammer but now I'm really worried that my contact forms have all been compromised.

Ideas?  

Janice
https://miracleshihtzu.com
https://www.pinterest.com/miracleshihtzu/
https://smalldogplace.com
https://www.pinterest.com/smalldogplace/




Hacked means someone found out your password, logged into your dashboard, took over your site, rewrote all of your articles, usually they delete all your photos and pages, and turn your site into a single page that in most cases flashes a warning image saying "This site was hacked!"... thus why it's called being hacked.

The part about your contact form redirecting... that does sound like some form of a hack. Possibly they attempted to hack your site and could not gain access to the full site? Or maybe they did discover your password and have access to everything, thus how they changed your contact form?

What you are describing on their site is plagiarism/pirating... someone taking copies of your articles and pasting them into their own site, to try to pretend to be you.

Both hacking and pirating are illegal. Plagiarism has a $25,000 fine and 25 years in prison. Contact your local police. They may be able to trace the plager's ispn and shut them down. If your local police are unable to trace it, contact your local FBI office. Plagiarism is a federal offence and is one of the crimes the FBI investigates.

In either case, you should definitely change your password to something with lowercase and caps and numbers, preferable 12 or more characters long, to prevent them from getting back in.

Just went and looked at their site... interesting... I don't think the photos are theirs... they have photos of Steve Tyler (lead singer of AeroSmith) with a puppy he supposedly bought from them... it's very clearly a Yorkie, not a ShihTzu. (On the "Testimonial/SATISFIED BUYERS" photo #6... also photo #3 is a Wire Haired Terrier, also not a ShihTzu. Photo's 9 & 11 are Lhasa Apsos. Photo 4 is another Yorkie. Photo 7 is a Soft Coated Wheaten. Photo 15 is a long haired Chihuahua.

Clearly they can not tell one dog breed from another, and just took photos of every long haired puppy they could find off Google images.

The photos of the woman who supposedly runs the site... only 1 photo shows her face, the rest have her face cut out and her body type is clearly different...meaning she's not the same person in each photo.

Not sure how you would go about contacting him or his agent, but I'm sure Steve Tyler would be interested to know they are claiming he bought a puppy from them.

Do a Google search for: "steven tyler puppy" and see what you get... 

https://www.google.com/search?q=steven+ ... y&tbm=isch


ETA:

I searched further and found an interview with Steve Tyler... he says he got the puppy here...

http://www.pocketpuppies.com/CUSTTEST.htm


And you can see if you search around this site... that plager has stolen their photos, thus how they got the one with Steve Tyler.

I would suggest you contact Pocket Puppies and tell them about this site. Tell them, this fake site stole your articles and their photos. They may be able to offer more advice on what to do. They are a fairly big company, they likely have a team of lawyers that can get that fake site down.

P.S. I tried to see what language the Coke cans were. Not sure, it's small and hard to see, but I believe those Coke cans are Brazilian? Could be the site owner is from Brazil?





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