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    Bots? Hacks? Fake news? Anyone know?

    I happened to see this and thought it rather strange. I find it impossible to believe that these are legitimate users circled in red. Just now looked again and this is just the tip of the iceberg with "users" named in this style. Something is amiss.


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    halllo solo2racer,

    it seems they all have the same ip adress,

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    And now the plot stinks a bit more. These are, supposedly, registered users....correct? I would surmise that an "un-registered user" would show as a "guest" as seen at the bottom of the screen shot and "spiders" are just that.

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    hallo
    already banned the most of them, and will continue,

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    Thanks for the effort in doing all that, Sjef. I know there are a lot of names that will need to be checked. I noticed before that there were 4 names with the "english****" style name.

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    Out of curiosity I've been watching "who's online" for the last couple of hours, it appears we have at least 7 new members with the same IP address and countless guests viewing members profiles (some of these members I've never heard of, we appear to have a large number who've never posted anything).

    Is this kind of thing continual or is today's activity a concerted attempt to hack/spam the forum?

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    Hey Max.....How are you able to see what a members IP address is?

    I find it very hard to believe I'm interesting enough to have had 1179 views of my profile.

    I believe it is a "concerted attempt to hack/spam the forum" which is why I have tried to shine some light on it.

    One thing I have found interesting is that when I try to view a members profile, Sometime I can and other times it says I don't have permission. The ones that I can are who I know to be actual members while the ones I can't, are new and unknown members......FYI
    Last edited by solo2racr; 01-25-2017 at 03:49 PM.

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    I suspect that if 'they' are visiting member profiles that they are at least trying to get a link into our e-mail; can they send spam via the email window there to try to prompt a response on our end?
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    Add these with who is circled in the screenshot below, BennySAf, BennyWip.

    Last edited by solo2racr; 01-25-2017 at 04:58 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solo2racr View Post
    Hey Max.....How are you able to see what a members IP address is?
    I just click the "who's online" box from quick links (Gary might've given me a few more privileges as I was one of the 1st to be invited onto the new forum last new year), it gives me the full IP address of anyone currently (say within the past 15 mins) logged in + guests and their status (ie what they're viewing, registering etc) and also what the various google spider thingies & bots are doing.

    I don't see any reason why "guests" should be viewing members profiles but I can see where they are getting " you do not have permission" messages .

    If I knew how to take a screenshot like yours in the 1st post I'd show you.

    Max

    Edit... within the last 15 mins we have 11 new members registering and 1 modifying their profile, tin helmets on lads we're under attack.................
    Last edited by MadMax; 01-25-2017 at 05:05 PM.

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