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Re: Spam PM

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:03 pm

We all -- every single forum member -- all have notification of three messages that do not exist. It's the result of a spammer that managed to get past our defences due to a well-intended but apparently misjudged system modification. The spammer has been removed and the site security restored. Unfortunately the ghost pm message will require some hardcore back room fixing which will be attended to on Monday.
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Re: Spam PM

Postby CS70 » Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:18 pm

There is a new spammer. I’ve just received a message addressed to Dear BLINDDREW similar to the previous one but from a different account.

I would suggest stopping all PMs until the breach is found and sealed.
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Re: Spam PM

Postby blinddrew » Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:36 pm

It wasn't me! :D
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Re: Spam PM

Postby zenguitar » Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:09 pm

CS70 wrote:There is a new spammer. I’ve just received a message addressed to Dear BLINDDREW similar to the previous one but from a different account.

I would suggest stopping all PMs until the breach is found and sealed.

Please use the facility in the received PM to report it. That flags up the offender to the Mod team so we can start housekeeping. Otherwise we can only identify the culprit if they try to PM us.

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Re: Spam PM

Postby CS70 » Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:24 pm

Ah, unfortunately I immediately deleted the message. I still have the email notification, which reads

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Hello CS70,

You have received a new private message from "Muzik_Doctor" to your account on
"SOS Forum" with the following subject:

join for more Loops Tracks
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Re: Spam PM

Postby Mrs Trellis » Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:32 pm

Please ignore. Samantha seems to have hijacked my account.
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Re: Spam PM

Postby Eddy Deegan » Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:35 pm

CS70 wrote:Ah, unfortunately I immediately deleted the message. I still have the email notification, which reads

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Hello CS70,

You have received a new private message from "Muzik_Doctor" to your account on
"SOS Forum" with the following subject:

join for more Loops Tracks

Thank you CS - I've taken care of them :thumbup:
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Re: Spam PM

Postby Folderol » Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:44 pm

I got one as well. Just reported it in case it gives any extra useful info.
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Re: Spam PM

Postby ManFromGlass » Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:30 am

I am still seeing the original 3 new messages notification. I’ve logged in and out twice.
Ooops I didn’t read Hugh’s message before posting. Monday it is. Back to our regularly scheduled program
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Re: Spam PM

Postby N i g e l » Mon Jan 11, 2021 1:04 am

I got 3 !

blinddrew wrote:It wasn't me! :D

of course Sir ! , I guessed you wouldnt be so bumptious as to CAPITALISE but

I am in trigued to know what has happened, within the bounds of the 50 year rule of course.
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Re: Spam PM

Postby Arpangel » Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:08 am

Just got three PM's, from someone called RockGod? but there isn’t anything in my in box.
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Re: Spam PM

Postby blinddrew » Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:53 am

RTFT! :D

A change went in over the weekend that unknowingly introduced a vulnerability. Spammers are exploiting this and sending direct PMs. The mods are eliminating them as fast as possible but the record of the new messages is staying in the system. This is also being worked on.
Hold the faith people. ;)
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Re: Spam PM

Postby FrankF » Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:27 pm

In addition to my trinity of messages (holy! holy! holy!),
I was also asked to "review" my message before it was posted (no, I did not select "Preview"),
so I'm wondering if this is part of the SOS forum mod mentioned above, or, alternatively, part of the hacker's dastardly plot?
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Re: Spam PM

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:38 pm

No, the review request appears automatically when the thread to which you're responding has received another post while you were still creating your reply.

It affords an opportunity to review what you have typed in light of what another respondent has just posted...
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Re: Spam PM

Postby FrankF » Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:54 pm

OK, thanks, Hugh. Strange that I've never received that message in all these years.

While I have your attention ;) , could I request that the box entitled Notify me when a reply is posted be automatically ticked as a default? :thumbup:
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