Has this site been hacked?????

TammyJ

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In the "General Tortoise Discussion" I am seeing a lot of the list of posts in some strange writing like Chinese????? Please check it!!!!!
 

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No. It hasn't been hacked.

It's been spammed by a bot, a computer program, from China that's trying to sell fake university degrees to people in China.

They do this to boost the prominence of a website in search rankings and highly used sites like TFO are a target as they carry more weight with the search engines like Google.

The posts have been deleted but the thread titles remain for some reason.

Personal soapbox not aimed at anyone (except maybe the UK news agencies ):

Not every computer problem is hacking just like...

Not every sneeze is influenza... some people have colds, some have hayfever, some inhaled pepper and a very few actually have flu!

* Climbs off soapbox *
 

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Can one of you tell me if you can still see the titles now?
Being a mod I can see more then you and so I always see them and don't know that you can too, as your not suppose to be able too.
 

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5 individual posts are showing up in my timeline still. This morning it was MANY.
 

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Yes. For some weird reason I see a lot more when I use the app on my iPhone vs when I log in and use the forum on my Macbook. Does that mean anything?
 

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All you can do is use the Report function.

When you report a post all the mods will be alerted to a problem and, if one is available, they can jump on and clear up
 

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Yes, please report them, that is the quickest way for us to find the ones that have gotten thru.
There were less of them today, so hopefully they are getting the hint and will move on. Also hopefully Josh can get it fixed soon.
Thank you for your help and concerns.
 

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No. It hasn't been hacked.

It's been spammed by a bot, a computer program, from China that's trying to sell fake university degrees to people in China.

They do this to boost the prominence of a website in search rankings and highly used sites like TFO are a target as they carry more weight with the search engines like Google.

The posts have been deleted but the thread titles remain for some reason.

Personal soapbox not aimed at anyone (except maybe the UK news agencies ):

Not every computer problem is hacking just like...

Not every sneeze is influenza... some people have colds, some have hayfever, some inhaled pepper and a very few actually have flu!

* Climbs off soapbox *
Your trying to tell me that every time I sneeze it's not man flu. :D:D:D
 

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