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Author Topic: Forum Infiltrated By dodgy drug advertising this morning????  (Read 2881 times)

McFrosty

  • Joined Sep 2010
Forum Infiltrated By dodgy drug advertising this morning????
« on: October 02, 2010, 11:33:18 am »
Is someone mucking about with the forum..  ???
I logged on this morning and got a whole list of posts advertising various drugs (not all smallholder related) and now I notice someone called Sousiesou is putting posts in various categories advertising such items again..... who are these people???   >:(
 
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Daveravey

  • Joined Jul 2009
  • Fife
Re: Forum Infiltrated By dodgy drug advertising this morning????
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2010, 11:52:40 am »
They're tossers.. end of   ::)

Think they can come into a forum & flood the place with ads for viagra etc...... they need shooting   ;)

sheardale

  • Joined Apr 2009
  • Dollar, Clacks, Scotland
Re: Forum Infiltrated By dodgy drug advertising this morning????
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2010, 12:20:48 pm »
I saw the ads too.  I wondered what was going on.
Helen

sheila

  • Joined Apr 2008
  • Mablethorpe Lincolnshire
Re: Forum Infiltrated By dodgy drug advertising this morning????
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2010, 01:06:39 pm »
Iv'e reported them to the moderator.

Hilarysmum

  • Joined Oct 2007
Re: Forum Infiltrated By dodgy drug advertising this morning????
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2010, 01:07:19 pm »
Pathetic people with too little to do with not enough intelligence to find something useful or interesting and therefore spending their boring lives boring others by infiltrating good websites like this one.  They probably sit on here all day watching to see how many hits they get.  So sad!

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Forum Infiltrated By dodgy drug advertising this morning????
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2010, 01:19:39 pm »
Dan removes all obvious spammers every day - lots of them that you never see, fortunately. One of the downsides of the world wide web.

Daveravey

  • Joined Jul 2009
  • Fife
Re: Forum Infiltrated By dodgy drug advertising this morning????
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2010, 01:37:44 pm »
There is a way around that Rosemary, put all new accounts & first 5 posts on "mod approval".

A bit more work involved, but it keeps the forum clear of spammers   ;)

lazybee

  • Joined Mar 2010
Re: Forum Infiltrated By dodgy drug advertising this morning????
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2010, 04:45:11 pm »
Anyway we don't need Viagra on here........With all the good stuff we eat  :yum:

northfifeduckling

  • Joined Jan 2009
  • Fife
    • North Fife Blog
Re: Forum Infiltrated By dodgy drug advertising this morning????
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2010, 07:59:53 am »
I didn't catch the first one but marciareese is the new spammer. Looks like Dan will be busy exterminating for a while... ::) :&>

bloomer

  • Global Moderator
  • Joined Aug 2010
  • leslie, fife
  • i have chickens, sheep and opinions!!!
Re: Forum Infiltrated By dodgy drug advertising this morning????
« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2010, 08:03:41 am »
it appears to be getting worse, its most mornings now when i log in, poor TAS appears to have made it onto some random spammers target list!!!

it would be more fun if the spam actually made any sense....

Hilarysmum

  • Joined Oct 2007
Re: Forum Infiltrated By dodgy drug advertising this morning????
« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2010, 09:20:43 am »
I wonder do they check back to see if they have any hits or is it just hit and run?

doganjo

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Re: Forum Infiltrated By dodgy drug advertising this morning????
« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2010, 03:49:09 pm »
Anybody had problems with email account hacking and spamming to contacts list?  Both my hotmail accounts have been affected in last 2 days and don't know how to stop it. :'(
Always have been, always will be, a WYSIWYG - black is black, white is white - no grey in my life! But I'm mellowing in my old age

bazzais

  • Joined Jan 2010
    • Allt Y Coed Farm and Campsite
Re: Forum Infiltrated By dodgy drug advertising this morning????
« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2010, 06:24:43 pm »
In the majority of cases its not a 'person' that spams forums in this manner - its a program that searches the internet for specific flavours of forum software and uses know vulnerabilities to post messages. One press of a button and the post is sent to hundreds of thousands of forums.

Its a numbers game - posting to 200,000 forums - some of them are going to stick.

Professional forum spamming normally looks a little different, posters will start with a few one word answers or some random questions - then add a forum signature or edit posts at a later date.

Forum software should always be kept up to date (although from experience this is harder than it sounds!)

As for someone spamming to your contacts list it could a number of things - perhaps sinister software on your computer thats harvested your contacts list or maybe you have accepted a rouge application request on facebook or something.  There are some really bad facebook applications out there that are set only to obtain information from your facebook account and use it for their own needs.  Dont forget if you done a 'friend-finder' on facebook - facebook knows the email address and name of everyone you have ever written too in the entire history of your email account - if your friends have public profile pages on msn, facebook or any other social network site extra information like telephone numbers, address, DOB's can also be easily married with email address.

As a rule of thumb - I never download any software thats not passed scrutiny from a well known company - I never let children or anyone else use my PC - I never accept any facebook application requests - I never use public computers to access passworded sites - I always scan my computer for viruses and trojans every night.

How to (try) stop it - I would install http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/ run it now, and every night.  Dont go to sites your unsure of - if you get any popups that give you a choice of yes and no - and you dont know what it is press neither, just the cross in the corner or just restart your computer/browser.  Change all your passwords.  Update all your software, ie windows and your browser, if you use msn chat update this too. Never use the same password for multiple sites.

I am ultra paranoid on my computer or any computer I use to access passworded accounts, there are so many ways thats its possible to hack someones account so so so many ways.

Ta

Baz

HappyHippy

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Re: Forum Infiltrated By dodgy drug advertising this morning????
« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2010, 09:21:47 pm »
Anybody had problems with email account hacking and spamming to contacts list?  Both my hotmail accounts have been affected in last 2 days and don't know how to stop it. :'(
I've not had the problem myself Annie, but have 4 or 5 friends with hotmail who've had the same problem - initially I suspected facebook, but it's also happened to friends that don't use facebook  ???

 

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