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

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 19 22:29:04 EST 2011


Raul Suarez

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--- On Wed, 1/19/11, John Van Ostrand <john at netdirect.ca> wrote:

> From: John Van Ostrand <john at netdirect.ca>
> Subject: [kwlug-disc] Your KWLUG web site account is at risk
> To: "kwlug-disc" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> Received: Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 3:30 PM
> 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.
> -- 
> John Van Ostrand 
> CTO, co-CEO 
> Net Direct Inc. 
> 564 Weber St. N. Unit 12, Waterloo, ON N2L 5C6 
> Ph: 866-883-1172 x5102 
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