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Post by lee » January 12, 2011, 11:47 am

Several members have contacted me over the past couple of days about being logged out and then having to enter a recaptcha code to log back in. This usually happens when a member enters their password incorrectly multiple times.

It currently looks likes an anoymous user is selecting random accounts and attempting to guess their passwords for whatever reason.

If you don't have a good password already I strongly recommend changing it a.s.a.p. to something more secure e.g. a combination of letters and numbers and upper/lowercase letters.

Also there have been reports about Googles recaptcha having being cracked which has opened the flood gate to bogus registrations on forums worldwide.

Unfortunately this forum is one of the victims so I'm currently looking at ways around it.

So in the mean time if you spot any unusual activity please contact me a.s.a.p. Contact link here: http://www.udonmap.com/home/contact-us.html

I'm sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused members.



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Re: Attention Members

Post by bamakmak » January 12, 2011, 12:01 pm

I don't know how many members were affected by this anoymous user, but I know I was one of them. I had to enter the recaptcha code because of an excessive number of failed log-in attempts. A bit concerning.

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Re: Attention Members

Post by stattointhailand » January 12, 2011, 12:06 pm

Had it once last week and again this morning.

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Re: Attention Members

Post by JimboPSM » January 12, 2011, 12:25 pm

Had it once about 3 days ago.

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Re: Attention Members

Post by malc123 » January 12, 2011, 12:28 pm

Happened to me yesterday, had to put in the recaptcha code woundered why.

malc 123

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Re: Attention Members

Post by Bandung_Dero » January 12, 2011, 12:44 pm

Had me this morning BUT no link or code window. Contacted Jackspratt he said he was OK so tried again 10 minutes ago, bingo, the window was there. Strange! I normally only have to login after a cookie clean up, once a week or so.

How many login attempts triggers this event?

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Re: Attention Members

Post by lee » January 12, 2011, 1:36 pm

Thanks for the feedback.

BTW You get 3 login attempts before the anti-spambot box appears.

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Re: Attention Members

Post by maaka » January 12, 2011, 2:06 pm

yup, had some trouble logging in a couple of days ago..had to repeat the process a couple of times,

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Re: Attention Members

Post by DermotC » January 12, 2011, 3:05 pm

Same here, about 3 days ago.

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Re: Attention Members

Post by Bandung_Dero » January 24, 2011, 12:26 pm

Just been able to re establish a link but as in the past there was NO CAPTCHA sentence in my previous attempts this morning. I have sent in a screen shot to your office.

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Re: Attention Members

Post by DermotC » January 24, 2011, 4:03 pm

same thing happened again this afternoon

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Re: Attention Members

Post by gulfman » January 24, 2011, 5:18 pm

Me too, yesterday and today

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Post by lee » January 24, 2011, 6:20 pm

Hi Bandung_Dero, I've replaced the captcha with an anti-bot question and answer mod to protect the forum and members accounts. Google's reCaptcha has been cracked so it's completely useless at the moment. All you need to do now is answer the question instead of entering a code.

It looks like several phpbb forums have been unsuccessfully attacked by a malicious party attempting to brute-force account login credentials. Visible signs of this attack include users being required to enter a CAPTCHA after an initial login attempt. Read the report here: http://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopic.php?t=1947925

In the mean time please make sure your passwords are secure.

I'm sorry for any inconvenience caused.

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Re: Attention Members

Post by old-timer » January 24, 2011, 7:47 pm

Attention Lee: just noticed your avatar. Nothing like dumping the kids in the laundry basket - is there? So far so good as far as someone trying to hack my PW. It couldn't be any easier. let the juveniles continue, they'll get it one day i'm sure.

OT.......... \:D/

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Re: Attention Members

Post by Bandung_Dero » January 25, 2011, 5:47 am

Hello Lee, I didn't explain myself very clearly, please look at the email I sent you this morning. There wasn't a sentence to extract the answer from?

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Re: Attention Members

Post by randerson79 » January 25, 2011, 8:59 am

I've noticed when ever I have a heated debate with someone. The next morning morning I can not log on. I think the "juvenile" is a member here.

BTW that is a geat photo Lee!! :lol:
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Re: Attention Members

Post by lee » January 25, 2011, 9:02 am

Hi BD, the sentence says 'Please type the second word in this sentence', not the following sentence. Therefore you need to enter the word 'type'. ;)

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Re: Attention Members

Post by Bandung_Dero » January 25, 2011, 9:54 am

Well Lee looks like I remain confused!
As I stated in my email when I finally was able to login yesterday it read:-
Please type the fifth word in this sentence: (with full colon)
"The current population of Udon Thani is about xxxxxx people on a fine sunny day" (in quotes)
This question is a means etc. etc.

The correct answer was Udon.

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Re: Attention Members

Post by lee » January 25, 2011, 12:39 pm

BD, there are approximately 20 questions that appear in a random order on the registration or forgotten password page. I'm sorry if they seem little confusing.

14. Please type the fifth word in the following sentence: The population of Udon Thani city is around 500,000
Fifth word is Thani

2. Please type the second word in this sentence.
Second word is type

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Re: Attention Members

Post by Bandung_Dero » January 26, 2011, 6:48 am

Ah, finally the penny has dropped. Thanks Lee.

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