Just to confirm that Nicky is 100% accurate in what he's saying there.
My VPF "AlexM" account had been banned and I'd been given the full IP address ban treatment so couldn't even read the forums (spiteful or what huh?). Same old story, I'd never engaged in personal abuse, flames or other destructive behaviour - just had the terrible affrontery to dare to express an opinion and, even worse, suggest Nicky Special might actually be right in his assertions.
Anyway, I'd registered a new account using a different dial-up (can't even remember what I called it now) but it was still on the approval list so was sort of a "pending member" account - but it let me read the forums.
I logged in one night to see what was going on and noticed that I could the Staff Area, no hacking, no subterfuge, there it was, in plain view. Ho hum I thought, I'll have a poke about in there, at this point I thought it must have been intentional to make it public view but as I started to read the threads in there it became very clear that these were things not intended for public consumption.
I e-mailed Nicky to tell him I could see the staff forum, could he see it too? He mailed back to say he couldn't, so I don't know what was going on, maybe the pending status of my account allowed me to see the forum, maybe a glitch, I really don't know, but what I *do* know is that I did not hack those forums in any way shape or form (and like Nicky, I wouldn't have a clue as to how to do so).
The stuff the admins/mods were talking about, the slurs they were casting far and wide, and the nature of their plainly psychotic clique had to find a wider audience than just myself, so I hoovered up every thread in there as .mht files, zipped them all up and sent them to Nicky, who presented them to the world.
Whilst I was in the process of hoovering one of the mods noticed my account in the "browsing this forum" list (a post appeared in the staff area asking "who's this guy?" - I think that's included in the zip actually), as I'd finished saving everything out I taunted them with a PM which effectively said "Ha ha you're all busted" - it also contained the line "P.S. Your secret forum is very easily hacked". The meaning of this was (I thought) pretty clear, it was easily hacked as in no hacking required, it was in full view to me and I walked straight in.
They were convinced that I had actually hacked the forum, a few PMs bounced back and forth - they were threatening to contact my ISP and the like, to which my reply was "Go on then" ("ISP user uses internet shocker!"). Not long after that the forum disappeared from view (which leads me to believe it was obviously something they'd screwed up at their end, if I was a hacker I'd have been back in in no time), and my account and new IP was banned.
Ever since then they have trotted out the *absolute lie* that I hacked their forum (without one single shred of proof, which is not surprising as such proof doesn't exist), which I absolutely *did not do*. They screwed up their settings somewhere and I walked in, and anyone who's seen the utter bilge they were coming out with to each other knows that I did the right thing in presenting their petty paranoia to the world.
One last thing - Nicky, could you post a link to your site where you're hosting the file? I'd like to remind myself of the astonishing crap they were peddling to each other.