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 phpbb hacked (our site is ok) and spam bots 
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Post phpbb hacked (our site is ok) and spam bots
So if you havn't heard, the group that created the software we run here was comprimised. Looks like just a comprimised login, but still a supper mess for them to cleanup. Good news is this does not affect us, no updates to our site were applied during that time and a quick check shows no local changes to our code.


Next up, I'm sure no one noticed, but registration was switched to approved by admin only over the weekend temporally. Seems we had some crafty bots that had cracked our bot check and were signing up multiple users per hour for the last three days or so. If you know anyone who tried to sign up then, please have them try again, I'm purging all of these attempts. I expect that's roughly zero. :lol:

We have a number of anti spam measures in place (probably more then most sites) and this allows us to avoid having to make admins manually delete spam threads as often, but like a truck, sometimes they need a tune up. Spam bots get smarter and it's even cheap to have humans do the work over seas. Most of the captcha's used by phpbb are known to be broken already and Google's new version recaptcha appears to revert to the older when inserted here. I've put in a new bot test to hopefully slow them down, but we may still get more.

Please remember to not reply to bots!!!

Your friendly neighborhood admin. :spam:

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December 17th, 2014, 12:33 am
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Thanks friendly neighborhood Admin!

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may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all
the stars turn towards it."

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December 17th, 2014, 7:53 am
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:stupid: I dont understand it all but THANKS

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December 17th, 2014, 9:32 am
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