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Discussion in 'Site Feedback and Suggestions' started by Richgrenfell, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. Richgrenfell

    Richgrenfell Member 5 Year Member

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    Recieved a porn related spam today from username spoxy

    Rich
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    So did I !
    I didn't see who it came from.
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    Bilbo Member 5 Year Member

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    Yeah me too. Didnt check who from just deleted it
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    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    I just checked. Mine was from user name leotho.
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    JG Member 5 Year Member

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    I received this as well and it came from a user "johnnyboy". He's been registered here since 07'.
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    Andrew C New Member 5 Year Member

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    I got one as well from Tango !
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    Tom C Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    ...and I've got one from Bullhead.
    Strange, since Bullhead earlier has posted about fish.
    Could spammers send PMs using other people's usernames ?
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    Cathy G New Member 5 Year Member

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    Jonnyboy paid me a visit with his girls too...
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    Gillie Member 5 Year Member

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    I got one from paran
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    Microman Member 5 Year Member

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    Mine also came from Tango who was a member from 2005 and only posted twice then.
    Seems the spammers are sending PMs as Tom suggested...
    Mark...
  11. tjudy

    tjudy Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Hello Everyone,

    I am just back from teh ACA convention. There was not free internet access at teh hotel, so I did nto see these messages until today.

    If there is someone using another person's PM I am nto sure how to battle that. What I will probably do is NOT delete the accounts (I will delete any posts that pop up in the forum), and disable the username's ability to post. If they are active users who are being victimized they will contact me. If they are spammers they proabably will not. I will also send each a PM letting them know what is going on.

    Any ideas on whether there is a rogue script out there that seeks old inactive users and hijacks their accounts?

    Ted
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    Nebraska_cichlids Member 5 Year Member

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    Ted, I got one too. I think it was "Spoxy" but I can't remember for sure.
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    NORMURR New Member 5 Year Member

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    Porn

    Mine came from Microman

    Norm Murr
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    PsYcHoTiC_MaDmAn New Member 5 Year Member

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    no luck with my quick scan through the vBulletin support forum.

    if you disable all the user accounts that have been effected, sending an email to those accounts stating why you have done it. then tell them you will need them to change the password (and recommend that they do the same on whatever other accounts they use elsewhere)

    if this is via a stolen pass then this should solve it. however, if it is down to an unknown bug in the vBulletin database that allows them to exploit a weakness this may only slow it down (I doubt its the latter, as there should have been more noise about it if this were the case)
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    tjudy Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    What I have doen is send PM to them. I have also deleted all their sent PM's, since I do not know the extent of the mailings. I have not gotten one.

    I also changed the security questions on the Spam Guard system. Maybe that will help, but if there is a person doing it that securuty feature is useless anyway... it stops bots.

    Anyone who gets a porn PM, post the sender's username here please. Even if you get a new one from the same person. That way I Can track if my efforts to stop it are effective.

    Ted
  16. tjudy

    tjudy Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Norm, were you being serious that your porn PM came from Microman? I do nto doubt you, but if you are joking I need to know. Microman is very active, and I do not want to limit his account if I do not have to. If you are not joking it also means that whatever is doing this is not just targetting idle users!
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    NORMURR New Member 5 Year Member

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    Porn

    Yes Ted I was dead serious. I would never joke about something like that.

    Mine came from Microman.

    I have tried many times to send you info but can not get through.
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    Microman Member 5 Year Member

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    Well i certainly havnt sent any PMs and Yes i am an active member.....I dont want my account to be limited.
    Mark...
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    I got mine from rwong2k
  20. tjudy

    tjudy Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Thanks Norm... Actually the emails have been geting through, but have mailer deamon headings... wierd.

    Microman... would you please look at your sent box to see if that post to Norm was sent on August 18? Please also look to see if there were other PM's sent out near the same time that you did nto send. I want to get an idea of how many PM this joker/bot is sending at a time.

    Based upon looking at the records of the users sending the PM's, it looks like all this happened on July 18. The pattern is that a user (other than microman) who has not been active in a long time sent porn spam PM's all on August 18. I can see that by the records of the users' last actions. The odd man out in this case is microman, because that account is the only one used so far that has come from an active user.

    I am going to look at the records of new registrants for AUgust 17 and 18. Maybe I can get a clue from that. I do not think that this is a bot. The anti-bot security measure has been too consistent. How a person is accessing individual PM accounts is a mystery.

    Ted