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LindaRacine
09-27-2011, 12:31 AM
Hi...

Thanks to everyone who reported one of the dozens of spam attacks from today. I'm sure we haven't seen the end of them yet. When you see something that doesn't have to do with scoliosis, you can safely assume that it's spam. PLEASE do not click on any links in those messages.

Also, it's taking me a lot of time to delete all the posts and threads. I'd like to urge everyone to respond to previous threads whenever possible, instead of starting a new thread every day. It's easier for me to spot the bad stuff when there are fewer new threads. In case you don't know, you can easily do a search on your own ID to come up with your previous threads. If you need specific instructions on how to do that, let me know. Thanks for your consideration.

Regards,
Linda

Elisa
09-27-2011, 11:23 AM
I wonder how all these spammers got on here yesterday anyway b/c I know when I signed up it took me several days for my account to be approved and that was after I contacted J.O. b/c I could read but not post and I had lots of questions. Do you have the option to delete their accounts? Zap them gone? I HATE spammers... so bloody RUDE!! Anyway, I feel for you Linda having to go through all this trash. I'm sure you have much more important and better things to do with your time.

LindaRacine
09-27-2011, 01:16 PM
Thanks Elisa. I'm waiting for Joe to respond to a few emails I sent yesterday. The attacks have slowed down. That could be because it's the middle of the night wherever they're being generated, or because Joe did something about it.

mabeckoff
09-27-2011, 01:51 PM
Thanks Linda

Elisa
09-27-2011, 04:56 PM
I've been doing a little reading up on spam attacks on message boards so I could understand it better myself. Thought this was good from Wiki.
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"Most forum spam consists of links to external sites, with the dual goals of increasing search engine visibility in highly competitive areas such as weight loss, pharmaceuticals, gambling, pornography, real estate or loans, and generating more traffic for these commercial websites. Some of these links contain code to track the spambot's identity if a sale goes through, when the spammer behind the spambot works on commission.

Spam posts may contain anything from a single link, to dozens of links. Text content is minimal, usually innocuous and unrelated to the forum's topic, or in a very old thread that is revived by the spammer solely for the purpose of spamming links. Some text is included to prevent the post being caught by automated spam filters that prevent posts which consist solely of external links from being submitted. Full banner advertisements have also been reported.[by whom?]

Alternately, the spam links are posted in the user's signature, in which case the spambot will never post. The link sits quietly in the signature field, where it is more likely to be harvested by search engine spiders than discovered by forum administrators and moderators.

Since November 2006, a very destructive forum and wiki spam attack has been propagated by inserting into comments redirect domains with an automated posting script like XRumer. These domains redirect a user to pornographic websites. If a user clicks on the image or attempts to close the Website an ActiveX codec will be downloaded as a Zlob Trojan. The spambot can often bypass many of the safeguards administrators use to reduce the amount of spam posted."
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I'm still not sure HOW they get on this site though b/c it seems they are not 'new members' who have to be approved, they just appear somehow. Still annoying as hell and I wish I could 'kill' them all. Their ability to spam that is, not them personally. Then again. ;-)

mamandcrm
09-27-2011, 05:30 PM
Thank you for your efforts. These posts seem so senseless, there are not even links in them, just random. I do see them being approved as members. When I looked today we were welcoming some new member who clearly was a spammer by the nature of the username. It's pretty apparent. That's not a criticism, I know we don't want to throw up obstacles to people who are genuinely trying to join. I'm not web savvy enough to know how to handle it.

LindaRacine
09-28-2011, 10:42 AM
Thank you for your efforts. These posts seem so senseless, there are not even links in them, just random. I do see them being approved as members. When I looked today we were welcoming some new member who clearly was a spammer by the nature of the username. It's pretty apparent. That's not a criticism, I know we don't want to throw up obstacles to people who are genuinely trying to join. I'm not web savvy enough to know how to handle it.
My understanding is that spammers recently discovered a loophole in the code for vBulletin, that allowed them to become members without going through the standard approval process. Joe O'Brien is working with the vBulletin folks to get this resolved. They're trying to figure out a way to plug the loophole without slowing down the new member approval process.

There actually were links in all of the messages. They were just fairly well disguised.

I think all of the spam messages are gone. Please let me know if you see more.

Thanks.

--Linda

mamandcrm
09-28-2011, 01:33 PM
Looks like there are a bunch more...what a waste of everyone's time!

jrnyc
09-28-2011, 02:56 PM
yup...more...
one for "russian "brides"
really ridiculous!

Elisa
09-28-2011, 05:16 PM
They're definitely finding a way past the usual approval method. I wish I were more knowledgeable about this type of thing. Hope Joe O finds a way to keep these scumbags from spewing their garbage.

jrnyc
10-02-2011, 10:01 AM
i wrote to the Ugg REAL manufacturers to let them know these fake disgusting
ads are annoying everyone at this forum, and i sent them a copy of one of the spam posts...
i am sure the Ugg company does not want this stuff out there and bothering forum members...
these people are disgusting horrible humans...who knows how many inappropriate
internet sites they are putting up these ads..
not realizing they alienate all who read them!!
i am sure the real Ugg company does not want this happening!
i got an automatic response that they will respond to my complaint....

LindaRacine
10-02-2011, 11:10 AM
Thanks Jess. I don't think it's actually Ugg, or any other legitimate company, behind the attacks. I'm so tired of having to spend up to a few hours every day deleting all the "spam".

Elisa
10-02-2011, 11:11 AM
Is Joe O getting any closer to figuring out a way to get rid of the spammers?

LindaRacine
10-02-2011, 11:14 AM
Don't know. The last I heard, Tonibunny had some tips that he's looking at.

jrnyc
10-02-2011, 02:23 PM
hi Linda
oh, i know it is not the real Ugg company...it is some counterfeiter or such...
but i thought Ugg (the real guys) might want to go after these people who are giving
their company a bad name by annoying people and illegally spamming all over the place...
who knows how many other forums these creeps are joining to advertise their (probably)
fake clothing and shoes, window coverings, pharmaceuticals, etc...?! there are just so
many different things being advertised...i keep wondering if all the spam is coming from
the same source.

i am so sorry you and Joe have to deal with all the spammers attacking the forum!
thanks for all you both do!

jess

Elisa
10-03-2011, 07:21 PM
The spam is going on much longer than anticipated (Elias' says) b/c he and I were just talking about it. Doesn't anyone know about bots out there, and can help fix this problem.

jrnyc
10-04-2011, 12:33 AM
there seems to be a few repeat offenders...2 or 3 "forum member"
names keep popping up..often with a green symbol under their "forum name"...
i do not know how they managed to join this forum under false pretenses...
i wish there was a way to block their posts once everyone realizes that they
are not scoli patients or anything near to that but simply disgusting spammers
using a forum meant to help people with spinal problems....

i do not understand how any organization could possibly think ANYONE would buy
anything they are selling or promoting once they try to use this forum for their
own selfish greed....
how stupid, selfish, greedy, deceitful....and what a waste of time!
i take it that this spam is generated from some hackers' computers...?

jess

mamandcrm
10-04-2011, 01:17 PM
can tell by the nonsense name. Maybe can zap before it gets started?

LindaRacine
10-04-2011, 02:28 PM
They've figured out a way to bypass the normal registration process, so there's currently no way to avoid having them register.

jrnyc
10-04-2011, 04:37 PM
they have no right using a patient help forum to "point" to their
websites...
that IS advertising!!

jess

LindaRacine
01-01-2012, 04:04 PM
Just a reminder to folks to NOT click on any links in anything that appears to be spam. The same spammers appear to be coming back again and again, and I fear that is because they are tracking clicks. If no one clicks on links, there will be no benefit to spammers to continually posting.

Thanks!

jrnyc
01-08-2012, 11:05 AM
this "annockams" group must be the worst of the spammers here...
do they not recognize how alienating spam is to people on this forum...?
do they believe they can sell anything this way???
i don't get it....?

jess

LindaRacine
01-08-2012, 11:59 AM
Unfortunately, my hands are tied. I do not have the ability to delete or ban users, and I cannot remove posts when there are >50 (he's managed to post 180 over night). I've sent a message to the NSF, but I don't think they read email over the weekend. For the time being, I would recommend everyone refrain from posting, as your posts will surely get lost amongst all the crap.

Sorry.

LindaRacine
01-08-2012, 12:00 PM
Oh, and please, if you see this, don't report any more posts until we get annockams under control, as they are just filling my email.

Thanks.

rohrer01
01-08-2012, 02:08 PM
Haven't reported any today. But will refrain in the future. Thanks for letting us know.

LindaRacine
01-08-2012, 06:04 PM
It's OK to report them normally, but when there are a lot, it gets a little overwhelming. Thanks.

Singer
01-09-2012, 06:47 AM
Holy crap -- three pages of spam this morning!!

titaniumed
01-09-2012, 06:20 PM
Could this be a spambot?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spambot

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forum_spam

Ed

LindaRacine
01-09-2012, 06:46 PM
You know, I thought it was, but I'm not certain. It's got to be partially automated. Whatever it is was smart enough to figure out that I was not deleting messages as soon as they were posted after about 10PM every night.

rohrer01
01-09-2012, 11:49 PM
I'm wondering if they damaged the program on the server. I can't block the spammers, or at least I can't block annockams. When I update the block list, it won't do it. If it does work, I find it unblocked the next day. It's getting very frustrating. I think that stupid green symbol has something malicious attached to it, as ALL of the spammers seem to have it. That is probably how they are getting into the system.

loves to skate
01-10-2012, 01:51 PM
I noticed more "annockams" posts and that evil green symbol is gone and now says "guest". What's with that?

LindaRacine
01-10-2012, 01:53 PM
I don't know. I think he was really able to hack in on Sunday night. I've asked Joe to check it out.

LindaRacine
01-10-2012, 03:18 PM
I've just spent the last few hours manually deleting the 180+ messages left by annockams on Sunday night. I think I got them all, but if you find something I missed, please post the URL here or send me a PM.

Thanks.

rohrer01
01-11-2012, 06:42 AM
That's a real bummer that you have to waste your time like that. There are some new ones by annockams, unfortunately.

http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showthread.php?10933-Sleeping-With-A-Brace&p=133265#post133265 There is one by guarninna on this thread.

http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showthread.php?13050-www.tomaszkamel.pl&p=133430#post133430 This is a new one.

It appears that annockams is the last poster on many posts, but when I click on it, it doesn't direct me to the last post. But when I look at the last post it isn't annockams, so you must have deleted these ones already.

rohrer01
01-13-2012, 10:45 PM
Linda, you really don't have the authority to block users or delete them? It looks to me like there is a spammer logged on right now!

LindaRacine
01-13-2012, 10:54 PM
Linda, you really don't have the authority to block users or delete them? It looks to me like there is a spammer logged on right now!

True, apparently I'm not trustworthy enough. Very frustrating, especially on weekends, when the spam attacks really heat up, and no one from the NSF works.

LindaRacine
01-15-2012, 06:40 PM
Looks like the forums are under attack again. They're posting so fast that, at some point when I get busy and can't check every 10 minutes, they'll have essentially shut things down. Sorry. I've sent emails to Joe, but don't think he checks stuff on weekends.

rohrer01
01-16-2012, 02:24 PM
Thanks, Linda, for getting rid of all that spam. I know it takes up a lot of your time.

mabeckoff
01-16-2012, 03:00 PM
Thanks Linda for all you do

LindaRacine
01-16-2012, 03:19 PM
Thanks for noticing.

LSKOCH5
01-17-2012, 05:00 AM
Linda, so sorry you're having to spend so much time cleaning up spam. They're going nuts right now. Wish admin would allow you authority to block them. Thank you for all you do here. It IS appreciated!

Mojo's Mom
01-17-2012, 08:07 AM
I am thinking of Monty Python, looking at the board this morning..spam, spam, spam and spam! Yikes!

Thanks for all your hard work, Linda.

rohrer01
01-22-2012, 08:07 AM
Spammers seem to be targeting scoliosis forums for some reason. I stumbled upon another scoliosis forum (SSO, I believe) and they have tightened their security to keep them out. It seems to be working, as I didn't see any spam there. I'm not a member of that forum, this one is enough, but they tightened the registration process and something to do with the response e-mail that you have to reply to in order to get accepted. I'm wondering if they are making the "person" answer a question or two. That would certainly keep out some of the computer generated stuff. Unfortunately for us, some of these people are getting sneaky and posting what appears to be a legitimate thread to start. So I'm wondering if some aren't paying people, or promising to pay, to set up accounts that let the malicious meddling in? I know there are bots out there, but can they be programmed to "personalize" stuff? Anyway, you all have a good morning!

P.S. I do belong to another forum on a different subject tht I seldom ever visit (years between posts). They aren't having spam for some reason. Hmmm? That's what leads me that they are targeting scoliosis sites.

LindaRacine
01-22-2012, 01:10 PM
Spammers seem to be targeting scoliosis forums for some reason. I stumbled upon another scoliosis forum (SSO, I believe) and they have tightened their security to keep them out. It seems to be working, as I didn't see any spam there. I'm not a member of that forum, this one is enough, but they tightened the registration process and something to do with the response e-mail that you have to reply to in order to get accepted. I'm wondering if they are making the "person" answer a question or two. That would certainly keep out some of the computer generated stuff. Unfortunately for us, some of these people are getting sneaky and posting what appears to be a legitimate thread to start. So I'm wondering if some aren't paying people, or promising to pay, to set up accounts that let the malicious meddling in? I know there are bots out there, but can they be programmed to "personalize" stuff? Anyway, you all have a good morning!

P.S. I do belong to another forum on a different subject tht I seldom ever visit (years between posts). They aren't having spam for some reason. Hmmm? That's what leads me that they are targeting scoliosis sites.

I'm fairly certain that Joe O'Brien, who administers all these things, does not read the forum on a regular basis, so information such as this should be sent to him in PM.

Pooka1
01-22-2012, 01:21 PM
True, apparently I'm not trustworthy enough. Very frustrating, especially on weekends, when the spam attacks really heat up, and no one from the NSF works.

It is not rocket surgery to figure out when spamming is occurring and by whom. Not allowing you to immediately delete or block those accounts is not reasonable given you would then be saving your own time and you are volunteering to moderate.

jrnyc
01-25-2012, 03:45 AM
seems a new bunch of spammers are not waiting for the weekend...
any time there is a name attached to a dozen threads at the same time, it is
obvious what is going on....
this morning there are a bunch of posts in foreign languages....if those are
even real languages....

do these people not know the negative reactions they create?...that no one will
purchase whatever they are pushing....?
why is there no way to make this kind of thing punishable with a $$ fine...?
does anyone believe that would violate "free speech"...??
these people are so obnoxious!!!

i'm so sorry you get stuck with this stuff, Linda...
what a time waster!

jess

rohrer01
01-25-2012, 07:19 AM
Jess,
If it were punishable, you'd have to find them first. They are from other countries and that makes it very difficult.

sjmcphee
01-25-2012, 12:48 PM
Linda,
I'm sorry to hear you've been spending a lot of time dealing with spammers.
My suggestion would have been to go into admin of vbulletin or in cpanel and manually block the ip addresses of the users who continually join only to spam.
There's a number of online tutorials that show how to do deal with spam for v-bulletin.
They advise to use the akismet spam-o-matic plug-in that basically does this by checking against a database of ip addresses of known forum spammers.
They also say that adding questions and answers in registration fields can also help.
I'm sorry to hear that you're not trusted enough to have this full admin access to make these site changes.
I think that you being the main person who deals with this forum that you should have full site access.
I personally don't think I'd be able to handle only having limited admin access, or front-end editing only - it would drive me crazy.
I hope they're able to get the problem sorted out for you.

- Scott

sjmcphee
01-25-2012, 01:06 PM
When one of my sites was hacked a few weeks ago I got all angry and upset about it too, asking what do these people have to gain by ruining my site.
It seems to me that some hackers simply are looking to make a name for themselves by pointing out your site vulnerabilities in the most unforgivable way.
I guess the spammers on the other hand are nowadays finding it harder to spam email addresses like they used to, so they are looking for other ways to spam and make their money.
When my site was hacked it had the hackers name written all over it - like he was proud that he had hacked my site, but it taught me a lesson, to not have the MySQL database named a simple name - like my site name and also to have a much harder admin and MySQL passwords.
I know that deleting spam must be frustrating, the site needs to be more secure to stop the vulnerabilities they are exploiting to spam.

- Scott

JenniferG
01-25-2012, 02:44 PM
My daughter is a programmer and for some time worked for an internet security company in Japan. Staff were from all over the world and some of them were ex-hackers who'd made a name for themselves and were paid very highly for their expertise (in internet security and foiling breaches.) I think it's disgusting.

jrnyc
01-25-2012, 09:49 PM
they want to make a name for themselves....?
seriously...??
i assume they are mostly young people...
that seems to be who is interested in hacking....
really...they need to get a life, re evaluate their priorities!
i do not understand that mentality!
it is so completly from another world!!
who could they possibly impress....besides other hackers....?

i think we need a volunteer...a hacker who will foil these people...
and what is in it for anyone to hack into a medical forum....?!!

jess

LindaRacine
01-25-2012, 09:55 PM
I haven't taken the time to check it out, but I suspect that many of the links aren't really posted to try to sell crap, but are instead, posted in an effort to lead unsuspecting individuals to websites where people end up getting hacked.

sjmcphee
01-25-2012, 10:01 PM
Hi JenniferG and jmyc
Jen, saw your signature - Im from Brisbane as well. YAY
jmyc, I know someone who's good at coding who could take a look, but really the best people to deal with this spam problem would be the support staff or maybe forum users at vbulletin themselves. I'm guessing they deal with these issues a lot and know the best way to stop it. That would be the first place to go for support.

-Scott

JenniferG
01-25-2012, 10:27 PM
Hi Scott, I'm from Mooloolaba. Almost neighbours. ;)

Jess,

The better(?) the hacker, the better the internet security jobs they get and the better paid because they have the most inside knowledge. It's a funny ol' world.

jrnyc
01-26-2012, 03:19 AM
thanks for the explanation...
so i get it now...
they get rewarded for illegal activities...at least, they prove what they
are capable of performing illegal activities...
why are they rewarded and not arrested...?!!
very sick...

jess

rohrer01
01-26-2012, 03:42 AM
Jess,
What are you still doing up?

jrnyc
01-26-2012, 02:26 PM
hey rohr
went to NY to the pain doc...
came back and went to sleep, but my puppy is on antibiotics for a UTI, and he had
to have another pill at 5 am (husband messed up schedule while i was away)
puppy thinks he is a camel and doesn't like to drink water...
he won't drink anything except for after dinner...
thus he doesn't pee often enough....
plus he has something wrong with his winky...

now you're sorry you asked, aren't you....?

jess

JenniferG
01-26-2012, 02:39 PM
"why are they rewarded and not arrested...?!!"

It's got me beat.

jrnyc
01-26-2012, 04:41 PM
govt. internet cops probably can't catch 'em...
they need to put their skills to good use....
like hacking into terrorists' computers...
or like helping this forum...

jess

mabeckoff
01-26-2012, 04:51 PM
hey rohr
went to NY to the pain doc...
came back and went to sleep, but my puppy is on antibiotics for a UTI, and he had
to have another pill at 5 am (husband messed up schedule while i was away)
puppy thinks he is a camel and doesn't like to drink water...
he won't drink anything except for after dinner...
thus he doesn't pee often enough....
plus he has something wrong with his winky...

now you're sorry you asked, aren't you....?

jess

Poor puppy
Is he feeling better?

jrnyc
01-26-2012, 06:11 PM
thanks melissa
yes, he finishes the 2 weeks of meds tonite...sees vet Monday....
there is a surgery he can have, if need be....
this is his 3rd UTI....
i never saw a camel puppy before!

hope you are feeling a little better, too...
i follow your thread, and cheer when you have a good day...

jess

mabeckoff
01-26-2012, 06:23 PM
thanks melissa
yes, he finishes the 2 weeks of meds tonite...sees vet Monday....
there is a surgery he can have, if need be....
this is his 3rd UTI....
i never saw a camel puppy before!

hope you are feeling a little better, too...
i follow your thread, and cheer when you have a good day...

jess

Thanks Jess. I wish you good health as well as well as your puppy

rohrer01
01-26-2012, 07:00 PM
hey rohr
went to NY to the pain doc...
came back and went to sleep, but my puppy is on antibiotics for a UTI, and he had
to have another pill at 5 am (husband messed up schedule while i was away)
puppy thinks he is a camel and doesn't like to drink water...
he won't drink anything except for after dinner...
thus he doesn't pee often enough....
plus he has something wrong with his winky...

now you're sorry you asked, aren't you....?

jess

Yes.......... :-)

mariaf
01-27-2012, 08:11 AM
Jess,

So sorry to hear about your little pal's UTI issues. Hope those antibiotics do the trick and that he's better real soon. I never saw a camel puppy before either!!

rohrer01
01-28-2012, 11:41 PM
Sorry to say, Linda. I looked at who is logged on right now and it appears that there are several spammers at work at the moment.

LindaRacine
01-29-2012, 12:06 AM
Oh good, I had nothing to do tomorrow anyway. ;-)

They haven't pounced yet.

rohrer01
01-29-2012, 06:31 AM
Maybe they are being blocked by the system, finally. I don't see ANY post by them still.

rohrer01
02-03-2012, 07:08 AM
They were at it again last night, as if you have nothing better to do with your time. I think I would beg and plead for more "power" as a moderator. Seriously, we don't want to lose you as a moderator, but if you threaten to quit, maybe they will reconsider. It's not like you are getting paid for this and not allowing you to block or delete users that spam is quite ridiculous!

mariaf
02-03-2012, 08:22 AM
I agree.

Or maybe, Linda, you should tell them to either give you the authority to block these spammers or perhaps they would like to come to work on weekends and do it themselves. Their approach is ridiculous (although not completely surprising to me after all the time I've spent around here). Folks come here for support and information - not to be bombarded by spam. They need to get a clue.

As someone who co-moderates another forum (which thankfully, we have control over when it comes to stuff like this), we try to always do what is in the best interest of our members. I simply don't understand their logic.

sjmcphee
02-03-2012, 11:45 AM
Hi everyone,
I thought the site seemed a little glitchy when I was on here this morning.
I feel for you Linda having to deal with this the hard way when you volunteer your time.
Maybe we should all hit Joe's message inbox with messages supporting more moderator powers for Linda.
Maybe then he'll get a taste of what she has to deal with and reconsider.

A little in house spam...

I think that if Linda is the primary person dealing with this forum that she NEEDS not moderator status but full admin and CPanel access.
Anything less is an insult and shows disrespect for the job she does here. She NEEDS to be trusted on this.
Seriously what is the point of Joe being boss of the forum if he's not even here?
Linda, having to call or email Joe every time there is an issue seems like a really stupid way to manage the forum.
We need the person who is in charge of this forum to have the powers to fix issues themselves.

Linda, I'll even offer to install a test version of VB to play with with admin access on one of my spare scoliosis domains if you want, if it helps show them that you can manage these things yourself.
I've been playing around with forum software these last few days as well, but I'm using phpBB3, not VB.
phpBB3 allows me to place forums inside of forums inside of forums.
Like categories inside categories.
I'd actually like to install vbulletin and have a play around just to compare it to what I'm using.
I'm not yet convinced that what I'm using is any better than V-Bulletin, and I may consider changing over.

I'm sure that there is a great deal more functionality and improvements that could be made to this forum if the person responsible for it had the power to improve it.
Take a look at this for instance - http://www.vbulletin-templates.com/

- Scott



- Scott

loves to skate
03-30-2013, 09:50 AM
Linda,
It looks like the spammers are at it again.
Sally

Irina
04-06-2013, 11:26 AM
Yep, I have some spam posts on my thread "Irina's Surgery" too.

babyboomer16
07-15-2013, 09:54 PM
I have some spam on my thread"appt. with Dr. Lenke April 18th". Darn!! Linda

jrnyc
07-16-2013, 12:16 AM
at one point today, spam was attached to EVERY thread and last post
on all the "new posts" except my new post today...

worst spam in a while....really obnoxious and annoying!

LindaRacine
07-16-2013, 12:44 AM
2-1/2 hours to remove all the spam. Just how I wanted to spend my Monday night.

In the future, if you see this type of all out spam attack, please call the National Scoliosis Foundation to report it (then post that you've done so here). If we catch it before it reaches 50 messages, they're much easier to delete.

Thanks.

Pooka1
07-16-2013, 05:54 AM
Thanks so much for cleaning it up, Linda. :-)

mabeckoff
07-16-2013, 10:36 AM
Thanks Linda for taking care of it

Melissa

Susie*Bee
07-16-2013, 02:52 PM
Yes-- I am sure we are all really grateful for the time and patience involved in removing all that spam! Do you think you could add the NSF phone number to post #!? There may be a lot of us that never go there and don't have the # readily accessible. Thanks again!

LindaRacine
07-16-2013, 03:52 PM
There may be a lot of us that never go there and don't have the # readily accessible.

Me either.
800-673-6922

susancook
07-16-2013, 09:11 PM
The name of the spammer broke down to "I love error" with 3 extra letters.
Susan

jrnyc
07-17-2013, 07:38 AM
i just called the 800 number to report latest spam this morning...
it asked me to enter my party's mailbox number.....
i did not know what number to say...
so i did not know if anything i said was recorded...
sounded like a beep went off, so i stated there was spam on
forum again today...

jess

LindaRacine
10-03-2013, 09:19 PM
Well... hopefully the only users we've lost during the long outage are the spammers. And, nothing like a long outage to remind us how valuable these forums are. If you want the forums to continue, I'd like to urge those who can afford to do so, to make a donation to the National Scoliosis Foundation. You can make your donation online at http://www.scoliosis.org/donations.php.

Welcome back everyone!

--Linda

sjmcphee
10-04-2013, 12:37 AM
I've been looking into how the people are able to hack the forum.
There's plenty of info out there. -->Find out more (https://www.google.com.au/#q=how+to+hack+vbulletin+4.2.1)
You might want to delete this post.
Apparently they specifically target native-looking forums (ones that don't have skins)
FYI - This is what a VBulletin forum with a skin looks like --> SHOW DEMO (http://www.purevb.com/demo/forum.php?styleid=6)

I can look into it and see if there's a way to make the forum less vulnerable to attack, if you want me too.
-And I am happy to donate to NSF, but in my own way...
I don't live in the US but I am happy to do something that benefits others as well as myself.
If it makes the forum a better place ill pay for a new skin to make it look better if you want.
And so that it doesn't get targeted so much because hackers go looking for native looking forums to exploit.