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Recent private message spam attack on TOG members

Posted 9th February 2010 at 04:43 PM by Cailith

A few TOG members, possibly quite a few, received a private message (PM) from a spammer a week or so ago. The account was a sleeper; it had sat inactive since its creation in May 2008 and then was suddenly used for this mail out.

This account has since been deactivated, and cannot send PMs anymore. It was one of those odd ones that defied logic, but what we've done is to restrict the number of recipients that a NON-member of TOG can send down to two at a time. We are also investigating putting a lockdown on the number of PMs that can be sent by a non-member account within a given period, although this has the potential to disrupt legitimate back-and-forth between TOG members and say a visiting team captain.

Anyway, if you've received one of these PMs, don't worry, you won't be getting another one from that person any time soon. If you receive another one, please let us know and we'll take the "remedial" action on their ars account.
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