Spam postings on the forum

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Gsxr600
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Spam postings on the forum

Post by Gsxr600 » Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:38 pm

Oops, has the forum been hacked?

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ACLVC10
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Re: Tristar delivery flights

Post by ACLVC10 » Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:39 pm

Looks like it, doesn't appear to be VC10 related ..... ;)
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Re: Tristar delivery flights

Post by Thumper » Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:40 pm

Reported this user this morning, I'm sure this oddity will be gone as soon as Jelle has the time.

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Re: Tristar delivery flights

Post by Jelle Hieminga » Tue Jun 03, 2014 4:30 pm

Will do as soon as I'm home!
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Re: Spam postings on the forum

Post by Jelle Hieminga » Tue Jun 03, 2014 6:41 pm

Done!

Just to clarify the situation, the forum has not been hacked. Posts like these (they're gone now but you've seen them) are there purely to promote something, in this case through the two links which were in the user's signature. In cases such as these someone manages to go through the registration process (either in person or partially automated) and includes a dodgy link in his user profile or signature. They will then create multiple posts in the forums, often in very old topics, so that the links can be seen and clicked upon. Which of course you smart people don't do, right? :wink:

I am fortunate in that the forum doesn't get all that many of these strange posts. If they do occur I try to be quick and delete the user, thereby deleting all his posts as well. I also ban the e-mail address that was used to register but that's not a final fix as these people tend to have hundreds of different e-mail addresses.

I was a bit busy at work today and couldn't find the time until now. Thanks everyone who reported this to me!
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