Written by: Adam Christianson
As many of you who are on the forum know we have recently been under attack by a spammer. This scum has attacked the MacCast forum and sent out email to the users registered there under the guise of being me. I sincerely apologize to everyone who is being affected. I would never SPAM anyone and I am very disturbed over this issue. I have found the culprits ISP and I am working with them to shut this person down. I am also looking into ways to better protect the forum in the future. I will be upgrading the software today so bear with me as there may be minor hiccups as we transition. I am also; even though it is much more work for me, changing the registration process so I now need to approve all users who register. Hopefully these steps will prevent further incidents like this. Again I am very sorry this happened to all of us.
No need to apologise. Minor security bugs like this is just one of those things with forum software. The professional and timely way that this is being dealt with is greatly appreciated though :)
No Worries I was just about to e-mail you to let you know but of course you already do.
Have a good one Everyone
My server gets attacked every day. I used to spend a lot of time contacting ISP’s every week, but that doesn’t do anything. Just make sure your setup is secure and sleep well at night.
No problem, Adam. Don’t hesitate to ask for help should you need it. Thanks again for all of your hard work.
I knew it wasn’t you! no worries though mate. we know you’re workin on it
Let’s hunt down the *&^*&! and set the dogs on him!
it sucks this guy shat on your forum :( :P
o thats fine. i haredly get any spam on gmail anyways, so i dont care. Thanks for trying to fix it ( :
if the spam persists, you can make a new rule in Mail.app that trashes em (not from Adam C, only ones that say “::: ATTENTION ALL USERS :::” in the subject.
What I want to know is does the spammer now have all information of the registered users?
No worries — it was just a couple of pieces of email. A drop in the bucket of daily spam. :-)
John, The person doesnt need a list of the email addresses to do what they did. Sending a mass email to everyone is a standard feature of the phpbb software. It seems they just found a way to sidestep the admin requirements.
nwishtheone, glad you found it funny.
me 2 :P