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Postby Kwacky » 14 Dec 2014, 12:41

We are being bombarded by spam accounts this morning so I've shut registrations for 24 hours.

Sorry for any inconvenience.
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Re: Spam Accounts

Postby StMarks » 14 Dec 2014, 19:58

8) Anybody fancy a new kitchen, cheap.???
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Re: Spam Accounts

Postby Kwacky » 14 Dec 2014, 20:00

How come they don't delete the spam accounts on 675cc? Is it to keep the member numbers up?
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Re: Spam Accounts

Postby StMarks » 14 Dec 2014, 20:12

Kwacky wrote:How come they don't delete the spam accounts on 675cc? Is it to keep the member numbers up?

Fwiw mate, since the time when I was enlisted as a moderator on 675.cc, I alone have banned over 100x spam accounts & I'm far from the forum's most prolific team member.!
Our (alluded to) kitchen spammers epidemic was little short of epic.

* Edit,: You've removed all my posts ;( I worked long & hard drafting those specially for you.
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Re: Spam Accounts

Postby Kwacky » 14 Dec 2014, 20:22

I know they get banned but they don't get deleted do they?
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Re: Spam Accounts

Postby StMarks » 14 Dec 2014, 20:40

Kwacky wrote:I know they get banned but they don't get deleted do they?

I'm not aware of any facility within my jurisdiction that enables me to delete an account Kwacky, but maybe I simply don't know how.? (I'm not a proper moderator, more like Craig's "poacher turning project", I think :D )
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Re: Spam Accounts

Postby Kwacky » 14 Dec 2014, 20:44

:D

The problem with keeping spam accounts live on your site (banned or not) is that they tend to attract others.
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Re: Spam Accounts

Postby Tricky » 14 Dec 2014, 22:30

a couple of other forums im on have locked down today as well, they also say theyve been hit hard.
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Re: Spam Accounts

Postby Deegee » 14 Dec 2014, 22:56

Same comments as StM, as mods on 675.cc we don't have the capability to delete accounts, although we can ban member accounts, email and IP addresses, accounts can only be deleted by Site admin - which I suppose covers yourself and Mr Nutz over here. The problem with banning them is that with no point of reference you can't ban their IP addresses, we ended up preventing a large chunk of Asia the ability to join to get it under control iirc.
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Re: Spam Accounts

Postby Kwacky » 14 Dec 2014, 23:02

Russia is our main problem at present.
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Re: Spam Accounts

Postby Kwacky » 15 Dec 2014, 09:37

Right, registration is open again but it's admin approved only.

Let's see what happens.
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Re: Spam Accounts

Postby Kwacky » 15 Dec 2014, 16:25

Shut again (headbang)
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Re: Spam Accounts

Postby Kwacky » 16 Dec 2014, 09:40

There appears to be a much bigger issue than a few spam accounts trying to register on Tankslap. The guys who run phpBB have had an online attack. They've taken their servers down.

We're going to keep registration shut for about a week while we make sure our onsite security is up to scratch.

Sorry for any inconvenience.
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Re: Spam Accounts

Postby duke63 » 16 Dec 2014, 10:20

Is it anything to do with Candice's photos?
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Re: Spam Accounts

Postby Kwacky » 16 Dec 2014, 10:29

No. It's not just Tankslap being affected by this issue. It looks like it's a much bigger problem.
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Re: Spam Accounts

Postby Rossgo » 16 Dec 2014, 11:07

Not having to close the site down for any length of time are you?
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Re: Spam Accounts

Postby Kwacky » 16 Dec 2014, 11:12

The site will remain open for registered users but we're not allowing any new registrations for a bit.

You're safe :)
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Re: Spam Accounts

Postby Perkles » 16 Dec 2014, 12:02

what i dont understand is what people who do this sort of thing get out of spamming websites ?
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Re: Spam Accounts

Postby Kwacky » 16 Dec 2014, 12:12

All sorts of stuff. Usually it's for money.
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Re: Spam Accounts

Postby Rossgo » 16 Dec 2014, 19:46

Kwacky wrote:The site will remain open for registered users but we're not allowing any new registrations for a bit.

You're safe :)

Phew I'm glad unsure what I'd do without popping onto Tankslap!
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