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 Post subject: Account hacking
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:52 am 
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When I just logged in I got a 'you have exceeded the maximal amount of log in attempts' message. Someone apparently has been trying to get into my account... has anybody else gotten this (which would mean a spambot is targetting the whole board) or am I the only one (which would mean some individual is trying to pull one on me?)

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 Post subject: Re: Account hacking
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:56 am 
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I copped it yesterday. Like WHAT!

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 Post subject: Re: Account hacking
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:59 am 
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So it's a bot... ok..

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 Post subject: Re: Account hacking
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:02 am 
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got the same mate, yesterday and this morning.... :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Account hacking
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:07 am 
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Not much you can do about it... when it manages to get through to some accounts you can pull out your old terminator suit from storage again :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Account hacking
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:56 pm 
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I had that yesterday, as well :( . Wondered what was up.

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 Post subject: Re: Account hacking
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:40 pm 
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It appears that this is a new tactic employed by spam bots to gain access to phpBB boards, perhaps because the automated registration of new members is proving increasingly difficult when a phpBB board uses the standard anti-bot measures, like Q&A CAPTCHA, custom profile fields, forced approval of posts by newly registered users, etc. (GemologyOnline uses ALL of of these anti-spam measures.)

The good news: The bots were NOT able to break into our forum.


Make sure you use strong passwords using letters, numbers and special characters to make guessing your password next to impossible.


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 Post subject: Re: Account hacking
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:30 pm 
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Barbra Voltaire wrote:

Make sure you use strong passwords using letters, numbers and special characters to make guessing your password next to impossible.


And... DO NOT USE A PASSWORD YOU USE FOR BANKING OR CREDIT CARDS. Really. Don't.

/security engineer tirade :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Account hacking
PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:44 am 
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Tim wrote:
When I just logged in I got a 'you have exceeded the maximal amount of log in attempts' message. Someone apparently has been trying to get into my account... has anybody else gotten this (which would mean a spambot is targetting the whole board) or am I the only one (which would mean some individual is trying to pull one on me?)


just received the message when i logged on today; and had to answer the question concerning ruby... although the bots haven't been successful, i've removed any personal info. :) received it on another forum, too, that used "captcha."


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 Post subject: Re: Account hacking
PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:04 am 
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haven.t recieved that message on GO but did recieve it yesterday on another forum .... and that after putting my correct password. they are busy little bots aren't they?

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 Post subject: Re: Account hacking
PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 8:36 pm 
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gingerkid wrote:
Tim wrote:
When I just logged in I got a 'you have exceeded the maximal amount of log in attempts' message. Someone apparently has been trying to get into my account... has anybody else gotten this (which would mean a spambot is targetting the whole board) or am I the only one (which would mean some individual is trying to pull one on me?)


just received the message when i logged on today; and had to answer the question concerning ruby...


Me too today !

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 Post subject: Re: Account hacking
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 7:09 am 
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I am getting that I have tried to log in too many times every time I have tried to log in when in fact I had only tried to log in once.

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 Post subject: Re: Account hacking
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 10:48 am 
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There are a group of folks called "dictionary hackers" who will try to sign into forums, using a username and random words from the dictionary, as passwords, to try to get in.

Apparently you are in now, bruce_tourm. :D Hope you will continue to be able.


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 Post subject: Re: Account hacking
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 6:37 pm 
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yes I am back in and making the rounds. It is nice to have everythiing remember again. Since I use the computer's memory I can stay focused on tourmaline. But now someone has grabbed my son's email address and is sending me rediculous messages. It never ends.

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