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Re: Alex Frakt spam, has PW file been compromised?

Postby doug91 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:10 pm

Hey, it looks like otherwise active users with no history of confrontation (first birdy, now femtoace) are generating that robo-post about Alex et al. From the outside, it looks like someone may be scripting their way through a password file, do you have any sort of 'force reset' options for passwords in case this thing keeps cycling through usernames?
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Re: Alex Frakt spam, has PW file been compromised?

Postby stingray5688 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:11 pm

ive noticed at least 5 different members posting them...
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Re: Alex Frakt spam, has PW file been compromised?

Postby Alex Frakt » Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:18 pm

This is our old nemesis pwm. I'm on my phone, which makes it difficult to give a full explanation. But if you search on "hijacked", you'll find the relevant threads. Perhaps someone could post the links.
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Re: Alex Frakt spam, has PW file been compromised?

Postby SSSS » Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:18 pm

In the past, this dude has just brute-forced inactive accounts with very weak passwords. It's likely this is just more of the same rather than a widespread compromise.
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Re: Alex Frakt spam, has PW file been compromised?

Postby Cosmo » Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:19 pm

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Re: Alex Frakt spam, has PW file been compromised?

Postby Tom_T » Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:44 pm

Some people really do need professional counseling.
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Re: Alex Frakt spam, has PW file been compromised?

Postby Random Musings » Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:27 pm

This sad individual needs a more fulfilling life. I guess he/she feels real proud about the attention (?) they get or some satisfaction that they are causing a disturbance.

But at least from my perspective (and maybe from others) - I'm thinkin' - what a big a-hole.

Someday, you may look back and realize that what you were doing made no difference in the big scheme of things. However, I think the odds of that is low, however not as low as a human being you are.

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Re: Alex Frakt spam, has PW file been compromised?

Postby umfundi » Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:27 am

On another unrelated genealogy site I frequent, there is a troll who posts obscure publications as his own research.

The most effective defense is to ignore such people. No response is the best offense.

On that site, which does not have active moderators, I PM people asking that they not respond. Works pretty well.

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