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De trux
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Joined: 14 Nov 2005
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 4:16 am    Post subject: Spam email sent to some members Reply with quote

We are investigating a possible hack into this forum's phpbb mail system. Please do not open any emails or PM's from members or administrators for the next week until this is sorted.

Sample message:

Dear, membername

Spam sending from your computer was detected.
We highly recommend you to check your computer and perform online virus check at our site immediately: No Link posted for safety
If you do not pass this test we will have to delete your account and forward a complaint to your ISP with attached log file (your IP address, etc.).
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elander
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

De Trux Loving
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jthq_rules
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

F'in bastards... Duelling
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(EoD)TrahnLee
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Joined: 21 Sep 2007
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It seems to be people or bots who are registering and then sending PM's out to the membership.. The latest is "MichaelTracy" who is sending out the spam. He has the same webmail address as the last guy.
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Bensta
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Joined: 21 Aug 2006
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yea seen that guy online all day, its getting bad yea, i had to deleate around 8 topics today with child porn in, was sick. Hope D can fix soon.
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TG-Axis
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Joined: 07 Jun 2007
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Location: Oregon, USA

PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:47 pm    Post subject: More info on malware/phishing scam PMs Reply with quote

This is happening all over the place, just Google the website name and look how many forums it's showing up in--looks like hundreds.

Banning the user does not work, apparently, but IP banning had some success. McKaffee had a report from 2009 on their site, saying some of servebbs.org's affiliates, including best-malware-cleaner.com or something like that had been flagged for phishing and downloading trojans/backdoors.

Just how many trojans are we talking about? Well, McKaffee reported over 170. Urghing?

So yeah, don't hit the link sent to you in the PM.

Prepare to repel boarders boys! Duelling
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Nx24
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Joined: 25 Dec 2006
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:18 pm    Post subject: bots Reply with quote

for spam bots it's usefull to use new captcha
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TheLightKeeper
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is why I mostly hate PHPBB, SMF > PHPBB
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De trux
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Joined: 14 Nov 2005
Posts: 950
Location: Scurvy Cove

PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We've disabled PM's for the time being until this can be resolved by an upgrade to our captcha.

thanks,
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Chacal
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Joined: 08 Feb 2006
Posts: 147
Location: Quebec, Canada

PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I admin several boards we were hit badly in the last weeks. The only way I found to get rid of this was on VBulletin, by adding a mod that restricts sending PMs to only users who have at least x posts.
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USAF 777
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Joined: 04 Feb 2006
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Location: Inter Veritates

PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
If this is still happening, you might wanna try implementing something like what we've got over at the CT forums:



I used to have it just list the math problem with numbers and symbols, but then bots started registering again....but I think it's been at least a year or two with almost no spam registrations since I changed it to full text.

At any rate, the standard phpBB2 CAPTCHA has been ineffective for eons.
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Snuggles
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Joined: 02 Apr 2010
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Location: Germany

PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry for that question here but, it looks like this is the only place where some members are active, so:

When I start Battlefield Pirates 2 and switch to multiplayer, i can see a few servers, but all are empty. Is there no one who still plays that mod? Maybe i did something wrong...
I really like that mod, but its boring against bots. Help :(
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Bensta
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Normally a few on at the weekend, but yea not many play, which is a shame, but hopefully when new patch is out (very soon), few more will start playing.
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Snuggles
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Joined: 02 Apr 2010
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wohoo!! Someone answered! Thank you very much. How about to play a round?
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