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#1 Tom

 

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 11:00 AM

Just wanted to fill you guys in on some recent issues. Over the past month we have been hit with a lot of spammers, most are automated, some are real humans. We recently have been hit by spammers from Russia posting in Russian with Russian spam links. Tuesday night I implemented some changes to the registration to make it hard for automated spammers to get through. I also cleaned up, and was able to ban most of the Russian spammers from getting through.

As a result, it looks like I got someone mad in Russia, because Trekunited has been getting Denial Of Service (DOS) attacks since 3:00 pm yesterday. These DOS attack have brought the server down to a crawl. Working with our new server provider, it was confirmed that these attacks were coming from Russian IP addresses. Many of these IP address ranges have now been blocked, so were are doing better.

I will not tolerate spammers here, there accounts will be deleted right away. i am also going to probably add 2 or 3 more moderators to help.

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 11:09 AM

Egads, I didn't even know such a thing was possible.

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 02:22 PM

They used the same attack as the Wikileaks supporters used against the ones who "crossed" them. It doesn't harm the database, like an "email bomb" it just overwhelms the server. It is actually a pretty common form of attack used a lot by amateur hackers. We've seen worse ones, the server company weathered it well.
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Posted 21 January 2011 - 02:32 PM

Yes, over the year Trekunited has seen a few DOS attacks and was even completly rooted once.

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 03:24 PM

Imagine all that attention over little old us :P
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So the combination is 1-2-3-4-5. That's the stupidest combination I've ever heard in my life! That's the kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!- Dark Helmet; "Live free or die. Death is not the worst of evils." - Gen. John Stark; "Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it." -Robert Frost; "It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." - Samuel Adams, Brewer/Patriot
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Posted 21 January 2011 - 06:41 PM

thanks for the update guy's. It sure is giving funky messages when I want to log in.
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Posted 21 January 2011 - 06:44 PM

Ah, that's what was slowing us down.
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Posted 21 January 2011 - 06:50 PM

Thanks for the heads up, Tom! So am I correct in assuming that the connection problems I had yesterday, and the 503 Internal Server message I got this morning, is also due to these morons who have nothing better to do with their lives?

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 07:12 PM

Correct Paulinem.

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 07:42 PM

It was sending a prompt for me to download a file..?? Weird..


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Posted 21 January 2011 - 07:46 PM

Finally in. Thanks for the fast work Tom. I'm sure that was a headache. *sends hypospray w/level 3 pain killer*
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Posted 21 January 2011 - 07:54 PM

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 08:00 PM

Phasers set to KILL.

Torpedos armed - ...... just let me hit the RED button!!!!
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Posted 21 January 2011 - 10:08 PM

I also HIGHLY advise that you "modulate your shield frequency"(See: change your password) as a precaution. I don't think they got that far but it never hurts to update your password every so often.
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So the combination is 1-2-3-4-5. That's the stupidest combination I've ever heard in my life! That's the kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!- Dark Helmet; "Live free or die. Death is not the worst of evils." - Gen. John Stark; "Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it." -Robert Frost; "It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." - Samuel Adams, Brewer/Patriot
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Posted 22 January 2011 - 12:32 PM

Hmmm - okay. I'll reset and see where that takes me.

BTW: server still extremely slow on this end. Takes 5-8 seconds to load reply to a post. About 10 seconds to load a page. Thought y'all should know.
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Posted 22 January 2011 - 03:53 PM

This too shall pass...

You know...It is always something....

If it's not one thing...it's another...Like my Uncle Luigi always used to say.....
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Posted 23 January 2011 - 11:04 AM

Thank you all for the hard work, detailed efforts, and persistence. I am learning something new the longer I am here, even thought this is a lesson I would rather do without. Glad you are keeping one of my favorite places safe and sound. :buttrock:.
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Posted 24 January 2011 - 01:03 PM

Tom - I can't use the multi-quote button. Today the server is quicker though. Thanks for all the hard work.
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 04:10 AM

What happen with forum: more one-two week here on TU registration many spammers.in last year on forum do not was spammers.Possible make,what in next time spammers do not registration on TU,of course if this possible make.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 10:58 AM

Spam happens. When they issue info on a new movie, even if it is just a rumor...people spam here...Why???
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