Site Attacked!


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Staff member
Aug 6, 2002
Hello everyone,

Well, I knew it was bound to happen sooner or later but I was expecting later. This evening, someone began to attack HBA with what is known as an Auto-poster program. This enables them to make the same post over and over again as a way to advertise something (usually pornography) or try and bring down a site. In this case it was an advertisement. I would like to apologize to anyone that may have seen the advertisement and been offended. Luckily, there were some users that caught it and alerted me to what was gong on (thanks David and Skip). I was able to delete all of the posts, his user account and ban the IP address from which he came from. I can't guarantee that this will not happen again, but I will do my best to keep it from affecting us too much. One thing to be aware of is that I have made it so that from now on, no one will be able to submit a new a message for two minutes after having just posted. It was set to 30 seconds before, so this should help to discourage these things a little better.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding on this matter. I hope it didn't cause too much damage to our group.