Ursa Major Awards and a furry fandom game-changer – NEWSDUMP (5-24-16)
by Patch O'Furr
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Ursa Major Awards announced.
WE’RE #2! Awooooo!!! “Best Magazine” went to Heat from Sofawolf Press. Next year, maybe Dogpatch Press can get #1 with a shameless award campaign with sexy fursuit pin-up poses. (As fursuiter on staff, it’s not that I don’t have standards… I would enjoy it just as much as anyone who wants to see it.)
Congrats also to Furries Among Us, edited by Thurston Howl, a nice success for a new small publisher. Then there’s the interesting topic of “Best Website” for FurAffinity.
FurAffinity hacked – furry problems reach wider community.
VICE: “Another Day, Another Hack: Furry Site Hacked, Content Deleted.” Flayrah reported loss of six days of data and how the problem is being addressed.
Source code for the FurAffinity site was gained through a security hole. The code ended up on flash drives distributed at Biggest Little Fur Con, even left around at random. Shortly afterward, personal accounts were accessed. Some people who used passwords in common with other accounts (Google etc.) reported attempts to access those. Password reset was done for all users, locking some users out of their accounts if they weren’t linked to current email addresses.
Dogpatch Press got tips, although the info was already on this gossip forum. There was also an informative link to a timeline of FurAffinity’s problems maintained by Eevee.
There’s a long pattern of problems. But then it couldn’t have been easy to build a large fan-based site with a very shaky business model. In my opinion, it shows outside stigma as much as inside mistakes, and a positive testament to fan commitment.