April Fools 2014

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Overview

2014 was the fifth official Hack Forums April Fool’s event. This year, like in the 2012 April Fools event, members were shown that they had -10 reputation given by Omniscient and had been Repfucked. In addition to this, they were also prompted with a banner heading stating that their account was compromised.

Specifics

The header banner of the website told users that there had been suspicious IP activity on their account and their account had been disabled, although they kept posting privileges. To make their account secure, a member was supposed to go to http://www.hackforums.net/accountrecovery.php within 24 hours, stating that there had been a user named 'mil cent os' had something to do with it, which was an anagram of Omniscient himself.

The website banner was also changed to the Cloudflare loading icon, making it seem like there was a DDoS attack or downtime, which was not the case.

Effects

Older members have seen this sort of thing before, without the header banner. Although the banner is only used in cases where the entire forum needs to be announced, it did not fool that many people.

Omniscient did state that he received roughly four times the amount of private messages than usual, however.

Record of the event