[UK] Battle vs. SWAT – Results

Hey ACP!

Today, we logged onto Alaska, CP Armies for a epic battle against SWAT! After doing several formations and creative tactics, we managed to successfully take home a 3-0 win. Thank you to our lovely HCOM for leading this awesome showdown. Shoutout to SWAT for putting up a good effort as well!

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[AUSIA] Pizza Party – Results

Hello ACP!

Earlier today, we logged onto Mammoth, Club Penguin Rewritten to rise and shine for a pizza party! We marched around the island in our pizza outfits collecting stamps and expressed our love for pizza. Thank you to CSY and HCOM for leading a great event like always.

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[US] TROOP-U LEAD & Sanya’s Birthday!

[AUSIA] Shamrock sQUACKdown Results!

Howdy ACP!
Today we logged on to Club Penguin for a quacktastic event, the Shamrock sQUACKdown. We did tactics, we checked out the cool medieval rooms, but most importantly, we had fun! Don’t forget to react in #event-chat if you came and also #events if you can come to the next one. 

Max: 41

Thank you for all the pictures ❤

ACP General // Third in Command

Staying Safe Online: IMPORTANT Online Safety Information

Written by King Mondo, ACP Legend & Advisor

Do you know about the threats of malicious software, dangerous websites, sketchy links, and weak encryption? How about Denial of Service and Distributed Denial of Service (DoS/DDoS) attacks? Doxxing? If you’re feeling like you could use some help understanding these threats and their core cybersecurity concepts, this guide is definitely for you to utilize!


Today, many individuals are targeted by malicious individuals seeking to gain stolen assets and highly sensitive information. Additionally, entire groups exist for this same purpose. Some more than others are intent on doing actual harm to unsuspecting people by using the internet to manipulate others. The threats are real and it is imperative that we have a common understanding about this and of the importance of having an ever-growing knowledge base to help us navigate the digital world. These threats exist here, too, because of the inherent nature of our community and the fact that we are operating online.

Although the internet has tremendous benefits, it is critical that you develop the skills and cultivate a knowledge base that will help keep yourself and others SAFE when on the internet. Don’t fall into traps and share what you learn. We’re all in a fight for a secure internet community, and it is my ardent hope that this online safety and cybersecurity guide will aid us in this fight.

I implore you, please share this guide and other great resources actively in your communities. Online safety is, unfortunately, not always taught in schools and people are constantly victimized because of this lack of knowledge and understanding. We have a duty to help others and be part of the solution when in the position to do so, and today, we can all be armed with the information to protect ourselves and each other. The good of one will have a great impact on many, and can even lead to others being contributive global citizens. In this increasingly interconnected world, we need more of that.


I want to start off by asking a question: when you think of the internet, what comes to mind first? Second? Third? There’s a lot to think about, and the list of platforms and services can go on and on. While it’s true that there are many wonderful benefits that the internet can provide, there is still a great need to protect oneself from the dangers of being so interconnected.

As technology advances, our society strengthens and advances with it. Unfortunately, while progress is made, the disastrous potential of malicious schemes is strengthened as well. This is why it is imperative to be aware of online threats to security, and how to protect yourself from these threats. And it all starts with knowledge; after all, knowledge is power. In this post, I will share some valuable information to get you started, and hopefully, we can all learn to safely navigate the digital world together!

I would also like to add that while much of this information may already be considered common knowledge for some of you, there is a staggering amount of individuals that simply are not aware of this information. It is my hope that I can help you all more effectively protect yourselves and your friends from the very real threats that exist all over the web. And if you find something particularly intriguing to confusing, I highly encourage you to look more into the concept or topic yourself. If you do find out something new, share it with us via the Discord server or the ACP Twitter (@ACPArmy)!

Remember: if you see any suspicious activity on the ACP Discord server or receive a message that makes you uncomfortable, please alert staff immediately. We are here to ensure a safe, fun, and friendly environment, so don’t hesitate to ask questions and message us!

Table of Contents

  1. Protecting Yourself Online
    • Passwords and personal information
    • Look closely and avoid traps
    • Lessen vulnerabilities
  2. Other Threats
    • DoS and DDoS attacks
    • Doxing
  3. What to You Can Do Next
    • Continue learning about online safety
    • Educate your friends and family
    • Take advantage of great resources
  4. Helpful Resources to Check Out
    • My online safety infographic
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Online Surfing game
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation Don’t Be A Puppet game
    • Code.org Cybersecurity
    • Khan Academy
    • Any other resources you know about? Let me know!

1. Protecting Yourself Online

Today, our technology that makes the digital world possible provides us with better ways to collaborate, solve problems, and advance the human condition. However, just as those who want to use technology for good are able to expand their capabilities, so do others who wish to steal your sensitive information and identity and do harm to you. Though it’s not exactly pleasant to deeply ponder, the reality is that someone is most likely after your information in one way or another.

Fortunately, if we’re aware of how attackers attempt to compromise our information, we can have confidence in our ability to repel such attacks. The following sections will explain how you can better protect yourself online, so be sure to read on!

Passwords and personal information
What protects your accounts from being breached? Passwords. Often times, for whatever reason, users do not adequately protect their accounts and instead use easy-to-guess passwords like “abc1234,” “qwerty,” or “passwordpassword.”

In order for passwords to be STRONG, they must be:

  • Diverse in characters
  • 12 characters or longer
  • Varied across websites and services
  • Free of personal information and dictionary words
The last point is a very important one: keeping your passwords free of personal information and dictionary words is critical to password security. If someone uses words, or worse, personal information in their passwords, it is very easy for someone else to gain access to the account because it’s much easier to crack a password with words or information others already know. 
You can bet that malicious individuals will use every bit of information against their targets, so be careful what you set as your password and aim to randomize. Give them a run for their money and concede no clues or advantage.
For example, intelligence and national security agencies may use a database of personal information to try cracking a device password. Attackers do this as well, so be sure to keep a tight hold of your personal information and strongly consider the possible consequences of sharing particular pieces of information about yourself. You could easily be painting a target on your own back. Sharing too much personal information can lead to being doxed too (discussed later).
Essentially, if any part of your password can be known to someone easily or is a common arrangement of characters (a dictionary word for example), you will be leaving your information main line of defense open to attack. And as we get older and have more serious accounts with information and finances to protect, we have to ensure we take the necessary steps to SECURE our accounts.

Look closely and avoid traps
There are plenty of people after information for a variety of reasons. Maybe they want to sell that information to the highest bidder or use it to compromise someone’s account themselves. Whatever the case, attackers will set traps that you have to look out for. How can you spot and avoid them?

  • Use only SECURED (HTTPS) connections
  • DON’T click unfamiliar links
  • DON’T install unfamiliar software
  • Recognize suspicious offers

Secured connections will always have “https://” at the front of URLs (double click links in Google Chrome to check. HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure, meaning that the website is using an encrypted connection to transfer data between your computer and the server taking your computer’s requests to submit information. If you share information on a website that does not have a secure connection, your information is vulnerable and visible to attackers.

If you are not already familiar with encryption, here’s an infographic that explains the basics

For those of you that may be familiar with VPNs (Virtual Private Networks), a very similar process happens when you decide to wisely access the internet via a VPN. Sometimes you’ll encounter security threats that are not entirely deliberate. Public wifi is one of those things. Because of the public nature of such networks, anyone can unleash attacks and intercept your information. 
So when using a device in a coffee shop or library or hotel, strongly consider using one of the many free and paid VPN options to surf on a secured connection!

Another serious threat online is clicking unfamiliar links, which often come with suspicious offers. There are many approaches one might take to getting one to click a link that may appear harmless or look like a legit website at first glance. These links, however, are actually incredibly dangerous. Here’s why:

  1. Malicious links can be anything. Here are some possible surprises awaiting unsuspecting users:
    • Malware: Malicious software that is installed on your computer that can damage your machine and even your network itself as well as other devices on that network. There also exist programs that can take over your computer and gain access to all local data.
    • IP grabber: Services that can be shared via links used to ‘grab’ your Internet Protocol address (unique to each device and each router) & have personal information attached to them. IP address exposure can lead to a DoS/DDoS attack on your network or device.
    • Phishing scam: Websites that trick you into giving your account information by making it seem like you’re visiting the correct website. These are often shared through scam emails.  
    • Do NOT click on short links (these mask the actual website; use an online tool to expand such links and reveal what the actual destination is). An example of this is below:
    • Your device could become part of a botnet, a network of computers used by someone to attack big websites and cause tremendous damage to digital systems by overwhelming a server with packets of information, a DDoS attack.
    Note: if you encounter something unfamiliar but do not want to run the risk of exposing your system to a threat online, consider researching that website or link (not the URL; enter the name in a search engine).

    In the first picture, I was sent a fake message from someone attempting to impersonate the popular YouTuber, Mr. Beast. I had recently watched his videos and have been following some of his social media accounts. This could have been a targeted attempt based on my interest that this person may have been already aware of.

    In the second picture, after finding an online tool, I unshortened the link (without clicking it) and discovered through research that the website (again, I did not visit the actual site) was related to some sort of malware-affiliated site. I’m unsure of what exactly would have happened if I visited, but I was not intent on finding out.

    I find it very interesting that not long after this, another account attempting to impersonate another YouTuber that I follow regularly sent me another link. This is a good example of how knowledge gives you the power to control the outcome of a situation, especially when it comes to online safety.

    Additionally, installing unfamiliar software on unfamiliar online websites is another way to damage your computer. Even if you think a download is safe, consider the source of that software, and evaluate the situation by researching the source of the download. The best method of prevention for damaging your machine as a result of malicious software is not taking the risk in the first place.

    Lessen vulnerabilities
    Although there are websites that you may accidentally visit and people that are out there for your data and sensitive information, there’s a lot one can do besides playing it safe and learning to spot and dodge attempts to steal your information. Some ways you can fight back are:

    • Turning on 2FA, Two Factor Authentication. This allows you to further secure your accounts by linking a phone number to your account. In the event that someone does breach your account by cracking your password, your account will be locked by the 2FA feature and require a confirmation only achievable from the actual user’s phone.
    • Installing your security updates! Out of date software opens up holes in your device’s ability to defend itself and your data from attacks. Ensure you are actively checking for critical system updates and keeping up with the important installations.
    • Spreading your knowledge and helping others is a huge way to fight back against the threats to users of the open web. Unfortunately, the internet is fundamentally insecure and was never built for the purpose it now serves. But we have to roll with it, and we can make that easier by teaching each other and helping educate ourselves about the very real and possible threats to your information, devices, and even personal safety lurking around the internet.
    There’s a lot each of us can do ourselves, and we can wage this fight against scams and online threats together. But to do that effectively, we’ll need to have a strong foundation of knowledge. And this guide is most certainly a great start.
    2. Other Threats

    There are quite a lot of threats to your devices and safety to look out for, and there are certain ones that fall into categories all their own. Two common examples of these would be doxing and DoS/DDoS (Denial of Service/Distributed Denial of Service) attacks. These are often conducted with the intent to control and even do harm to other people. If you aren’t careful, these threats could slip into your reality and make it a nightmare to deal with. Therefore, the best protection is prevention.

    So where does the threat begin? Specifically, what leads to users being victims of DoS/DDoS attacks or doxing, and how do I prevent it? Consider the previous section’s information on deceptive links, where the main tool that attackers use to steal assets and more information can easily be your own information. Our world is so interconnected today, that we give lots of information about our lives and personalities away online.

    And guess what? That’s free game for attackers, and you can bet they’re going to use that valuable intelligence in any way the can in order to find an angle – a vulnerability, a chance, an opportunity – to take advantage of you. That’s why it’s important that each of us carefully considers what information we share, how we share it, who sees it, and what the consequences of sharing that information might be for us.

    The prevention? Don’t overshare. You’d be surprised how easily criminals can locate people and make attempts on their sensitive data. Here’s just one example of the dangers of sharing images online:

                Photos.  Photos taken from smartphones embed the GPS Coordinates in the photo, which will allow others to know the location of where the picture was taken and may be used to find you.  Beware of this when posting photos to online social media sites.  Remember that pictures posted online may be copied, altered, and shared with many people without your knowledge or consent, unless you use privacy settings to limit who has access to the pictures. (United States Department of Justice US Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Georgia website)                                                                                                   

    We’re still not all aware of what one individual (let alone organized groups) can do to use technology against a target. It’s important to learn as much as you can about online safety and how the internet of today works so that you can protect yourself and teach others to do the same. We’re in this together, but we won’t win the battles if we don’t know what’s out there and what may be coming for our data.

    Now, there’s another similar threat that attackers will have up their sleeves. It involved gathering information about someone and releasing that information either right away or blackmailing the person whose information could be released without their consent. In our online community, this threat is very real. This threat is called doxing.

    How do I protect myself? Don’t overshare and risk people being able to figure out your true identity. The more information someone knows about you, the more likely it is for someone to dox you and even extort you by using the info to get something out of you. Keep yourself safe. Keep your family safe. Keep your friends safe. Don’t overshare online. It is a real danger to be mindful of, and it has real impacts!

    Denial of Service attacks are where someone uses one’s IP address (unique to each device) to flood the bandwidth of a specific device, router, or server with the intent to manipulate one’s ability to access and use their internet connection. This can have serious consequences for those reliant on a strong internet connection, even big websites since they tend to be DDoSed.

    DDoS attacks specifically are largescale botnet attacks, meaning that a vast network of devices is being used to simultaneously send packets to a machine. DoS attacks are not distributed; they only take place using one connection between the attacking device and the system under digital siege.

    So what does this mean for you? It depends on the source of the attack and the circumstances.

    I’ve been attacked and lost access to the internet for one hour (and I know this was a targeted, deliberate attack on my machine). Following that, there were no further issues. However, my IP address was exposed at some point, and there are many ways for someone to exploit websites and collect IPs that even I did not know about. It’s possible to reset IP addresses, but why bother going through the trouble if you can prevent it from happening?

    Here are some basic ways to protect yourself against exposing your IP:

    • Be aware of how your IP is collected by the sites you visit and interact with (ex. when commenting on WordPress websites, your IP is viewable to those running the website)
    • Don’t accidentally share it in pictures.

    [More to be added]

    To the New Year: A Brief Story & Toast to the Future

    Greetings, ACP!

    Here we are again: the end of the year. And what an interesting year it has been!

    For me, it was an especially great year. Why? I got my beloved community back. After joining in 2012 (that’s over 7 years ago), I immediately came to love ACP and its community. As I got to know more and more people and learn through experience and dedication, I began to appreciate everything even more. Back then, it was a wonderful community (as it is now), and I have many fond memories. What I learned from the experience and the people that helped me grow will always stay with me—and make no mistake, my friends—these invaluable experiences will stay with you as well. Always remember: if you’re there for ACPACP will be there for you. 

    Those memories will stay with you always. 
    —Shaboomboom, Former ACP Leader & Guardian

    And with all of these fond memories—almost 5 years of constant involvement and fun—I soon realized along with everyone else that Club Penguin would be shutting down, and with its end, would bring an end to armies as we had known them for so long. With that, we entered into the final months of Club Penguin—and ACP—which slowly started to bother me more and more, as you could imagine.

    Once we were there for the final minutes of Club Penguin (people from multiple armies, both veterans and newer troops), I started to better understand just how heartbreaking this was. While there was hope for ACP to move forward, there were no plans in place. After all, as powerful as hope can be itself, it can’t bring a community back from the brink of the end. And, though this hope certainly lasted for me, it was, sadly, an empty hope; there was nothing that could be done. And with that, although with a valiant spirit, our beloved army met the darkness. Needless to say, it was a heartbreaking experience and period of grief that I will never forget.

    Now, with the official shut down on March 29th of 2017, until September 29th (which is our 13th birthday, if you didn’t already know) of this year, ACP had ceased operations for over 2 years. For those two years, though I was busy with my own endeavors, there was something that was bothering me. It was eating away at me that the community I loved and held so dear wasn’t around anymore. And though I knew I’d have to live with this and move on, it still didn’t quite feel right. After all, others would no longer be able to experience the feeling of being involved in something so great as the ACP, and this stuck in the back of mind. Unfortunately, there was nothing I could do. I would visit the original ACP website and conduct some historical research every so often, perhaps in a mostly helpless effort to alleviate woe and sorrow.

    It wasn’t until September that I was informed of a potential ACP revival and requested to share my thoughts. For the first time in years, a piece of my heart that was left heavy and broken felt lighter, and a new sense of hope sprung to life within me.

    Since September 29th, 2019, I’ve felt a feeling of excitement I hadn’t felt until getting involved in the return of ACP. And in the past few months, I’ve felt great happiness and excitement to see the army clad back in action, hear the army boots march once again, and feel the camaraderie between us all, through thick and thin.

    With almost 8 years of being involved with ACP, I’ve understood something very important: our army is more than just an army or another online group; it has so much character and personality and meaning and uniqueness—and potential. But even greater than this is the true nature of ACP. Beyond the details, it’s a community—a family.

    Each of us will experience life differently, but it’s always better to experience that life with others. —Shaboomboom, Former ACP Leader & Guardian

    We’re all here to have fun, learn a few life lessons along the way (perhaps more, perhaps less; the experience is unique to everyone), make friends (in honor of Club Penguin’s original goal), and contribute to something bigger than ourselves. It is my hope that ACP will remain around for you all to enjoy and benefit from for many years, and I’m sure many other veterans share this sentiment.

    If you are newer to ACP, and perhaps younger, you may not yet fully appreciate the significance of what we have together in this wonderful community—and that’s fine; with time and experience comes gratitude and understanding. Search for the meaning ACP has to YOU and how it has helped, improved, or changed you. Search for why it inspirits you, why it intrigues you, why it is important to you at all. This deeper realization, this passionate spark, this inner fire, is what ACP needs.

    Communities as rich as ours don’t form every day. Enjoy it. Cherish it. And see ACP into the next decade with your inner flame alight, guiding the next generations of the army forward, and ensuring our amazing legacy continues for years to come.

    As we enter the New Year, I’m very excited to see what we will accomplish together. Although we’ve been in operation for only about 3 months, 2019 has been an exemplary year, and I’m very proud of you all. It warms my heart to see new recruits ascend the ranks and show true appreciation for our community. It means so much to us old-timers, you have no idea. Do not forget what we have accomplished and what you have accomplished, hold your head up high, and be proud to be in the legendary Army of Club Penguin.

    Enter the new year—the new decade—with a renewed and invigorated spirit to learn, grow, strive, and succeed in all that you do in ACP, and beyond.

    Together, there is nothing [we] cannot accomplish. Help each other, draw upon one another, and always remember the power that binds you. —Master Splinter

    To a decade full of fun and success———

    —and courageous, lionhearted marching.
    Immer Fortschreiten,
    (Always Forward)

    ACP Legend & Advisor

    CPR Advent Calendar 2019

     Season’s Greetings ACP 

    Wanna know what’s more exciting than Christmas? The countdown till Christmas! CPR has made it even merrier by giving us a present from 14th till 25th in its Advent Calendar, you can find it in the forest. New items unlock at 12am PST.

    Here is a list of all the items currently available, this list will be updated daily till 25th:

     14th December 

    Note: You can get up to 99 rugs 

     15th December 
     16th December 
     17th December 
     18th December 
     19th December 
     20th December 

     21st December 

     22nd December 

     23rd December 

     24th December 

     25th December 

    Note: Those who already had the gingerbread house from the previous party won’t be able to claim it again

     ❆ Bonus Reminder 

    There’s a mystery present in the Better Igloos catalogue that can be unwrapped on 25th, after all, the only thing I love more than a sale is free stuff.

    Edit: The mystery present has been revealed:

    Its a free Make and Bake kitchen! You can pick up up to 99 of these.

    ACP Winter/Christmas Igloo contest: Intriguing Igloo Ideas!

    Hey ACP!

    As you may know, ACP likes to have occasional igloo contests to allow everyone to get into the spirit of the season. This time, with the holidays around the corner, we’ll be having a winter/Christmas igloo contest. Now, when I think about this time of the year especially, I really enjoy going all out with my igloo (provided that my coin balance allows me to do so). But sometimes I wonder (and I’m many of you do as well): How exactly can I accomplish this? How should I approach this project? What should I do first?

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    These are all challenging questions, no doubt. But not to fear, Engineer King Mondo is here!

    One step you can take, especially if you don’t have a clear idea for your design or a complete plan, is to do some research. You can go on CP Rewritten and try to stumble upon some holiday-themed igloos, or you can look up some older ones online.

    For your convenience, I have already done a bit. Here are some cool igloo examples you can draw some inspiration from:

    It appears someone has pulled into town with their reindeer!

    Beautiful Bakery. Cozy, am I right?
    Ice Rink Time!
    Any ideas yet? If not, you can also look at the items you have and what is available in the catalog. Think creatively; anything is possible!
    It is also helpful to consider how you can use certain items together to create the illusion of a structure, surface, scenery, etc. 
    If an item looks like it could work as something else (in context), try it out and see what happens!

    Here are some steps you can take before constructing your igloo and during the reevaluation process:
    • Sketch out some ideas and consider the layout, elements, item placement, and what you want visible (such as a pathway or open area), and what you may want to hide from view to make the igloo look more authentic.
    • Feel free to ask for suggestions! Engineers don’t build society on their own, after all; they work together to solve problems.
    • Make your igloo design your own. Add your own flair or style; it’s all up to you. After all, you live here, don’t you?
    • Have fun! This is a community event to share ideas and passion for our community. Go all out and get excited!
    Let’s have an awesome time and see what we can come up with. I’m excited to hear your ideas and see that Club Penguin holiday spirit!
    Immer Fortschreiten,
    (Always forward)

    King Mondo
    ACP Legend & Advisor

    [UK] Operation: ‘Miner Corps’ Results

    CPR Guide: Winter Party Ice Sculptures!

    Hey ACP!

    With the end of November and the start of the final month of 2019, we enter into the last couple of days of the CPR Winter Party. Be sure to get your free Snowflake T-Shirt from the Plaza!

    Below, I’ll share the sculptures currently on Club Penguin Rewritten (in case you don’t get a chance to see them on the island for yourself).

    Starting at the Docks, the first ice sculptures are below:

    Next, we have the ice sculptures currently at the Beach:

    Ice sculptures at the Ski Village:

    And finally, we have the last ice sculpture at the Ski Hill:

    And that’s it! Well, those were pretty neat, am I right? I’d love to see more!

    The Club Penguin Rewritten Team did a great job turning these fan submissions into ice sculptures, didn’t they? I’ve really enjoyed seeing these around the island and seeing the community make its mark. Well done to everyone that submitted and congratulations to the penguins whose drawings were selected to be on the island!

    Share your thoughts about the party below or on the ACP discord server! I’d like to see a similar event in the future, maybe for the summer season. What do you think will be the next party to have fan submissions?

    Enjoy the final few days of the party, and get ready for the annually awaited CPR Christmas Party!

    Immer Fortschreiten,
    (Always Forward)

    King Mondo
    ACP Legend & Advisor