February 17, 2008
The medicinal spam is bad enough, but porn is way over the top. Its almost at the point that I do not want to log on anymore, or go to the forum. I do hope that our email addresses are safe? I used to really enjoy going into the site and talking to like minded people
There must be a way that it can be stopped
July 31, 2006
Yes, really sorry, I'm trying to do what I can to clear up the problem while waiting to move the forum to new software, which should solve everything.
From what we can tell, the problem is that old user accounts have been hacked because someone's password has been stolen outside of the system - probably from that person's computer. There shouldn't be any danger to your email addresses - it's not the database that's being hacked, it's users' login details.
These accounts are then being used to post a huge pile of spam. That happens with almost any community software, the problem here is that Snitz - the software we have here - is old and does not have very good spam filters. There are addons that would help, but I really don't want to spend any time on them, because we want to move to the new WordPress forum software as soon as we can.
Christmas really caught me out as my eye was not on the forum, we'll try to keep on top of it from now on, and move to the new software very soon!
I hope now you find the place a little cleaner..