Anyone getting any recent spam ? Social Dating sites ?

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Anyone getting any recent spam ? Social Dating sites ?

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Hi all, I had a member join who simply spam posted a Social Dating website about a week ago and today a established members who had not posted for a few months posted a similar dating site topic which is completely off-topic for my forum and out of character for this specific member.
I have sent a email to him but with no reply to date but I am obviously a little more concerned now having 2 similar posts within a week :? :shock:
This maybe not a forum software issue but I thought I would post just in case anyone had similar ?
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Re: Anyone getting any recent spam ? Social Dating sites ?

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So from my understanding there does appear to be a issue with the software in the fact its possible for someone to somehow hack into another members account and post to it :shock: :?
The post linked seems long and complex, can anyone simplify more basically why this happens ?
Thanks all
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No.

It seems some other site has been compromised. Account logins are 'out there' and these spammers are exploiting sites (of all kinds of software) where those users have the same username/pw combinations on multiple sites.

They simply log in to long dormant accounts and post the spam.
Although quite how they think no one will notice and delete it I don't know. They're probably hoping to hit a few sites where the admin has disappeared and it'll stay up for a long time giving them SEO backlinks.
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mrix2000 wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 4:28 pm The post linked seems long and complex, can anyone simplify more basically why this happens ?
Thanks all
When a server gets compromised they will download the table from any software that contains user data. From there they will attack the hashed passwords using common passwords and a dictionary attack. There is only about 250K English words so trying them all of them and combinations of them is fairly trivial. That's going to net them about 10 to 30 percent of the passwords. Now they have an associated username, email address and password they can try elsewhere.

This is why it's important to use strong passwords and different ones on different sites.
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Huge thanks for both the replies which does explain far more clearly the issue to me :) 8-)

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