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#1 Jeremiah


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Posted 15 September 2012 - 07:52 PM

This weekend, an Internet SPAMbot managed to complete the member registration process of these forums. (More than likely a human being registered the account and then turned it over to their bot.)

During the past ~24 hours, this bot managed to send out roughly 300 SPAM private messages to the membership. The account username involved was "ejoy". If you have received any messages on the forums from this member, simply disregard them. (Delete them. Do not follow any links and/or supply any information they may be asking for.)

It is important to know that this is in no way a security breech of the website. Absolutely no system(s) have been "hacked", "cracked", or otherwise compromised. All member passwords, e-mail addresses, and other information has remained secure. This "attack" was a very low-level phising "threat". (Simply hoping to harvest information that any member might send to them in a reply.) It would be the same as if any current member deciding one day to start sending out junk private messages to everyone on the forums for whatever reason. While annoying and unfortunate, it is of no real risk to those who use their heads. As with anything in this day and age (forums, social media, e-mail, text messages, phone calls...) if you don't know the sender or something just seems to be not right, simply ignore/delete/disregard. (Sadly, it's a way of life anymore.)

As of this afternoon, the offending user account and IP address block (which was located in India) has been removed from the site. Any future questionable registrations from a similar area will be automatically flagged by the system for administrative confirmation before the account can be approved for activity in an attempt to thwart such future efforts before they can even begin. However, as always, the better/smarter we get, the better/smarter they get in devising ways to get around security. So, it's always the job of the entire community to remain vigilant.

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