Bug Report Spammer

Ian D

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I have shut registration for now. Will leave shut for at least 24 hours. Will also tweak some of the protection settings. They have obviously gotten around Googles CAPTCHA and are not yet on the StopForumSpam database. Will have to tweak some settings at the backend it seems.
 

Melskius

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I just got this via PM
 
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Ian D

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OK they all came in from @pokemail.net - there were about 600 from that email domain. With a couple of hundred sleepers that had never done anything.

They have all been banned as well now on the assumption they will activate at some stage.

But I re-iterate if there are any more PM's out there then please report them so they can also be cleaned up.
 

filski

Pool Room
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Got this in my emails this morning. Nothing actually sent to me on the forums tho. Thought it was interesting that it listed others in the ‘to’ list, so maybe not quite a simple spam message.
Obviously didn’t click.
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D-eye

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Got this in my emails this morning. Nothing actually sent to me on the forums tho. Thought it was interesting that it listed others in the ‘to’ list, so maybe not quite a simple spam message.
Obviously didn’t click.
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They appeared to be all group pm's hence the to's.
When the spammer is removed so is the pm, but you can't do anything about the email notification, which is why you didn't see anything on the forum.
 

Hyst

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Got this in my emails this morning. Nothing actually sent to me on the forums tho. Thought it was interesting that it listed others in the ‘to’ list, so maybe not quite a simple spam message.
Obviously didn’t click.
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I got the same mail to my e-mail - looks like our mails have been compromised through Ski.com.au? (or some other serviced it uses).

Send from:

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Ian D

Pool Room
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Only "news and alerts send by the administrator" is on - otherwise no alerts by email.

I will stop info here - was just for your info - happy about the site.!:)
Unless you can demonstrate how you can access another members email there is no physical way they have gotten your email from here. As I said, they only got regular member access through the standard registration process.
 

Seafm

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Got this in my emails this morning. Nothing actually sent to me on the forums tho. Thought it was interesting that it listed others in the ‘to’ list, so maybe not quite a simple spam message.
Obviously didn’t click.
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Came to my email as well. Is there a pattern showing as how this is happening? Email domain for example? Just for the record my alerts go through Hotmail.
 

D-eye

Photographer and skier
Moderator
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Go to your preferences and choose "contact details"

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If these two options are selected, then you will receive an email on messages.
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If they aren't selected and you received an email, then there might be something that needs to be investigated.

Came to my email as well. Is there a pattern showing as how this is happening? Email domain for example? Just for the record my alerts go through Hotmail.

That is just the message notification email sent by the forum from a private message.
 

Spence

One of Us
Ski Pass
Mar 16, 2019
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Sydney
I just came on to report the same spam PM in my email. Glad Mrs S didn't see it. She would have kicked me out.
Looks like you guys are all over it. Good luck.
 

Richard

Maintenance Dept
Administrator
Mar 14, 1995
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22,188
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We have tightend up the auto-spam detect flag system and switched out from Google's CAPTCHA returning to the custom Q&A of naming Australian ski resorts. Clearly some new machine learning has decisively broken Google's CAPTCHA as there was over 400 spam accounts created yesterday morning.

The critical change we have made is that new registrations can not instigate Private Messages until they hit the first unlock of 50 posts. We will monitor this for inconvenience and may reduce the first unlock to 20 posts.
 

Philpug

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We have tightend up the auto-spam detect flag system and switched out from Google's CAPTCHA returning to the custom Q&A of naming Australian ski resorts. Clearly some new machine learning has decisively broken Google's CAPTCHA as there was over 400 spam accounts created yesterday morning.

The critical change we have made is that new registrations can not instigate Private Messages until they hit the first unlock of 50 posts. We will monitor this for inconvenience and may reduce the first unlock to 20 posts.
We are running a pretty good spam catcher but we manually approve all new members.
 

Richard

Maintenance Dept
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Mar 14, 1995
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Clarence Town
No

I am definitely not new to the internet. My response is due to watching a documentary where all the little nasty secrets of social media have been exposed. Netflix : The Social Dilemma.

yeah. You missed something in translation there. There’s no connection between the social profiling of FB et al and a spammer registering an account on these forums —- and you not being happy about that.

But anyway
 

Richard

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Awww man, was that entirely necessary o_O
 
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