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    Whoohoo! We aren't thankless anymore!
    :) Helpless, maybe, but thankless.... certainly not! :) :)
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    I had a similar think happen to me, in a forum I run, last week. I have a 2 stage process though. The "user" has to answer a question to send me a registration request, and then, I don't activate them until they answer a few questions via e-mail from me. Some real person must have answered the question and then fed the answer to a bot machine which flooded my e-mail with join requests. Hundreds of them. I remembered I had to change the question to stop the flood. No one in the forum was any wiser, but I was hitting the delete button in my e-mail a lot and killing Notifications to allow a new requester to join in the forum. The first two flakey looking requests were from an eastern block country, but not Russia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW63 View Post
    I had a similar think happen to me, in a forum I run, last week. I have a 2 stage process though. The "user" has to answer a question to send me a registration request, and then, I don't activate them until they answer a few questions via e-mail from me. Some real person must have answered the question and then fed the answer to a bot machine which flooded my e-mail with join requests. Hundreds of them. I remembered I had to change the question to stop the flood. No one in the forum was any wiser, but I was hitting the delete button in my e-mail a lot and killing Notifications to allow a new requester to join in the forum. The first two flakey looking requests were from an eastern block country, but not Russia.
    These are part of email "bomb" attacks. Hackers are using stolen email addresses and bots to send signup requests for blogs, discussion boards, forums, newsletters, etc. If it is your email address they've stolen, your inbox is flooded with hundreds or thousands of different confirmation emails.

    The goal is bury important emails about domain transfers, online orders, banking transactions in the flood of emails.
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    It's unclear what the goal of these clowns is, but we screen each registrant's posts manually. The incursion here was probably a slip up where we didn't ban this false user and then it proceeded to use PM to send to a few people under that user. A lot of folks have PMs configured to send emails, and that's possibly where the email connection comes in. The PM had links which are probably phishing.

    John, our registration is a little more sophisticated but apparently not impervious. In any case, these bots do make a lot of busy work for us. Skynet may be real after all.
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    Damn those Russkies!

    TODAY is the TOMORROW you spent all day YESTERDAY acting like there was no.

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