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ANNOUNCEMENT: PM Spam

Discussion in 'Badminton Central Announcements' started by kwun, Jul 5, 2008.

  1. kwun

    kwun Administrator

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    Hi all,

    recently a spammer has been hijaaking some user accounts and started sending SPAMs via PM. i have identified the spam PMs and deleted them. if you happen to have received a PM from a user and it turned out to be empty, you can go ahead and delete that PM. i have deleted the content which is not good for general audience.

    in order to help us fight the spammer in the future, please consider changing your log in password.

    thanks.
    BC Admin.
     
  2. drifit

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    kwun, you are fast and efficient.........:)
    i received it at 11pm++. before midnite, BC down for maintenance.
    as usual, asking us to polish our rackets at midnite :D:p:D:p
     
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    Yep, I got that spam PM also..

    ..y'day morning, just before you shut down BC, again..When i opened the PM, it wasn't empty, but had some links to other sites. I deleted the PM right away, but when i was about to PM & inform you, BC was off..:p
    Also, i noticed during the spamming period, BC got a lot of online users, all of a sudden. It went from a quiet 200-300 users to a wild 700-800 users all in the span of a few minutes. At that time, i knew something was fishy.....:mad::(

    *Maybe there's a loophole in the program, kwun, thus one can send so many spams using different IDs??..or maybe there are multi-users??..:confused:
     
  4. ctjcad

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    Speaking of which..just noticed

    ...oh my gawd, i think it's happening again...700+ users online, RIGHT NOW!!!..here come the spams??..:p:mad::(
     
  5. kwun

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    yup. just deleted another bunch.

    this spammer might mean that we need to remove a bunch of existing compromised accounts. :(
     
  6. ctjcad

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    ^^Yep..^^

    ..please do so, if you have to, kwun; you can shut down BC for the rest of the day, if you'd like..All those idling and inactive accounts!!...:mad::p
    In the meantime, i'm gonna go away and do something else.... :D;)
     
  7. ants

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    Got an unread PM.. but the PM cant be found.
     
  8. Matt

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    I am experiencing a similar issue as well. I have 1 unread PM from an actual user which asked me something, howeever after reading it, it still saids there is 1 unread PM.
     
  9. drifit

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    you opted not to receive pm?
    tried few times to pm you but not able to do so.......:rolleyes:
     
  10. Matt

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    PM messages is set for friends list only. I have now put you in the list. :D

    It was turned off during a sale and turned back on, so that's when the mysterious missing message must of came in.
     
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    i still have 2 unread PM but i've checked and i didn't see any unread PM nor spam PM. Have only 98 PM limit now:crying:
     
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    well happy to know it didnt got any further....thanks for the quick response. hope its just that
     
  13. Matt

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    Sever rollback!! :D
     
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    The PMs aren't around because they were deleted by kwun.
    The PM notifications might remain... but they are harmless.
    (And they should have gone away when you next login.)

    Bot attacks are hardly unusual on online forums.
    And, in general, they are large-scale attacks... and cause heavy disruptions.

    We have been very lucky... because kwun has been careful :)
     
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    Thanks a lot, Kwun for keeping this a very safe site.
    Very commendable..
    I got a PM too but never opened it.
     
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    Gee... my first and only PM since joining BC many years ago and it was a spam... :rolleyes:
     
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    Spam PMs at Badminton Central

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    Yes... I have also received spam PMs.

    Feel sorry for kwun... now having to spend extra time dealing these spam PMs.
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    confused.

    sooo... I got a private message and i was totally excited cuz its the first but then it wouldnt let me see it and i thought i was really dumb for not being able to figure out how to look at my own messages lol but then i read this but most of the people say that its a blank message but in the e-mail notification it said it was titled hi.i dont wanna delete it if someone actually sent it to me... but it was also sent 12-31-1969 lol so i should get rid of it huh?
     
  19. kwun

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    get rid of it. it is spam.

    and someone else please send lalala another PM so he can get excited again. :)
     
  20. drifit

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    alrite....
    already done ;)
     

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