[kwlug-disc] Your KWLUG web site account is at risk

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Wed Jan 19 21:39:41 EST 2011

Did I tell you about the deceased rich relative who wants you to help with

On Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 9:32 PM, Darryl O'Neill <ldoneill at golden.net> wrote:

> This is kind of funny coming from a group of computer users.   We are going
> to delete your account, please click on the perfectly safe link in this
> email and log in with your credentials :-)
> I know this one is legit but still.
> Darryl
> John Van Ostrand wrote:
>> Hi Members,
>> Your KWLUG web site account is at risk!!! Yes, I'm trying to get your
>> attention but it's true, read on.
>> One of the things we intend to fix is the unrestricted user account
>> creation on the KWLUG web site. There are literally thousands of bogus user
>> accounts on the site and they need to be purged. Under the old site there
>> wasn't a way to prevent automated user account registration so spammers
>> would create accounts hoping to post spammy things. It seems there was a
>> good mechanism to prevent spammy posts but not the logins.
>> To correct this I have to delete over 6,000 user accounts. If you have
>> never logged into your KWLUG account, you will be one of the first accounts
>> to go. If you registered with an email in Russia, or on some other vague
>> site and don't have a recognizable name, you are also at risk. Finally if
>> you have not logged into the account for a long time you should login again
>> to refresh the access time stamp.
>> I am sorry if I accidentally delete your user account. I'm going to make
>> efforts not to do so, but with 6,000 accounts to review I could spend a week
>> looking through them. Rather than me spend way too much time I figure it's
>> easier if the non-active users just re-create their accounts. It's my form
>> of crowd sourcing this task.
>> In summary:
>> If you haven't logged in lately do so here http://kwlug.org/user
>> If you've forgotten your password, follow the appropriate link and
>> re-enable it.
>> If you registered with a foreign email domain you should let me know as
>> soon as possible.
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Khalid M. Baheyeldin
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