Has mmorpg.com been hacked?

AstraeisAstraeis AmsterdamMember UncommonPosts: 362
Or did they sell their e-mail database?
Today I received an e-mail spam on an e-mail address that I only use for this site. But, of course, when I am the only one that received e-mail spam at an address exclusively used for this site, the answer to both questions must be: no.

It takes one to know one.

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  • VolgoreVolgore Member EpicPosts: 3,872
    Putin and those haxX again!!

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  • AlbatroesAlbatroes Member EpicPosts: 3,429
    Volgore said:
    Putin and those haxX again!!
    No political references, etc etc etc.
  • Blaze_RockerBlaze_Rocker KentuckyMember UncommonPosts: 227
    I just checked the email address I use for this site and I haven't gotten anything unusual so far.

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  • Octagon7711Octagon7711 Chicago, ILMember EpicPosts: 5,722
    Sometime spammers send out a ton of email addresses that appear to be automatically generated.  I've gotten some that were sent to me because they were close to my email address but not the exact same.

    "Change is the only constant."

  • BillMurphyBillMurphy Managing Editor Berea, OHMMORPG.COM Staff EpicPosts: 4,036
    Aye, let's have @meddle answer this one. Not sure myself.

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  • MMOExposedMMOExposed lalal land, DCMember UncommonPosts: 6,591
    you may have a keylogger waiting to make their move.

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  • filmoretfilmoret Palm Bay, FLMember EpicPosts: 4,906
    I admit it was me.  I got 8$ for everyone's email at mmorpg.com
    Are you onto something or just on something?
  • NanfoodleNanfoodle Member EpicPosts: 7,600
    What was the spam email about? 



  • Octagon7711Octagon7711 Chicago, ILMember EpicPosts: 5,722
    edited January 31
    filmoret said:
    I admit it was me.  I got 8$ for everyone's email at mmorpg.com
    Wow, Members: 3,443,873 = $27,550,984 not bad for a days work.  Or was that $8 for all of them?


    Post edited by Octagon7711 on

    "Change is the only constant."

  • AstraeisAstraeis AmsterdamMember UncommonPosts: 362
    Nanfoodle said:
    What was the spam email about? 
    Some boots outlet.

    It takes one to know one.

  • AoriAori Carbondale, ILMember EpicPosts: 3,811
    filmoret said:
    I admit it was me.  I got 8$ for everyone's email at mmorpg.com
    Wow, Members: 3,443,873 = $27,550,984 not bad for a days work.  Or was that $8 for all of them?


    Was $8 for the batch.
  • WellspringWellspring Charlotte, NCMember RarePosts: 455
    Heck, I'll sell you my own email for $8. Spam away!
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  • MeddleMeddle Kamuela, HIAdministrator UncommonPosts: 730
    edited January 31
    We never sell our users email addresses.  We have been hacked in the past but that was over 6 years ago at this point.  I am looking into this now.
    Post edited by Meddle on

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  • QuizzicalQuizzical Member EpicPosts: 18,106
    For a site like this with no money on the line, I'd assume that they've been hacked and whatever you entered is in the hands of cyber criminals just on general principle.  That's partly because sites that don't have money on the line don't have strong incentives to secure their site, so some of them don't.

    If this site were to be hacked, the hackers likely wouldn't do anything that made it obvious that they hacked this site.  Rather, they'd take your username and password (if it isn't secured well) and see if you happened to use the same one on Paypal or Amazon or some other site where they can do some real harm if they have control of your account.

    The solution is, don't enter sensitive data on this site.  Apart from forum moderators or site administrators, there's no reason to.  It's okay to use the same password on this site that you do on other sites like forums where a hacker can't really do much to you if he gets access to your account.  But don't use the same password here that you do on sites where it would be big trouble if you get hacked, such as your bank or anywhere that you enter a credit card.

    Now, they might do a decent job of securing their site.  But there's no way for end users to know that, as even if they do get hacked, we'll probably never find out.  It's not like how if your credit card gets stolen, you get fraudulent charges pretty quickly and then know that something is wrong.
  • FlyByKnightFlyByKnight Algo Star SystemMember RarePosts: 1,909
    I'd be mindful of those ad recover "retarget" ads. They might be doing a little more than retargeting.
  • MukeMuke Member RarePosts: 2,610
    Albatroes said:
    Volgore said:
    Putin and those haxX again!!
    No political references, etc etc etc.
      "little fellow we won't mention here" aka LFWWMH.

    "going into arguments with idiots is a lost cause, it requires you to stoop down to their level and you can't win"

  • Octagon7711Octagon7711 Chicago, ILMember EpicPosts: 5,722
    edited January 31
    https://haveibeenpwned.com/  If you don't want to put in your email address there's an option to view their database of compromised sites at the bottom.
    Post edited by Octagon7711 on

    "Change is the only constant."

  • Kunai_VaxKunai_Vax NexusMember RarePosts: 527
    Had the same thing happen with me last year. Registered with a highstreet bank for a credit card and used an email address i specifically made just for this aplication. Few weeks later im getting spam email about re-filling my viagra prescription. Obviously banks cant be trusted but in this case i highly doubt they sold my info to a third party. 

  • Octagon7711Octagon7711 Chicago, ILMember EpicPosts: 5,722
    edited February 6
    Kunai_Vax said:
    Had the same thing happen with me last year. Registered with a highstreet bank for a credit card and used an email address i specifically made just for this aplication. Few weeks later im getting spam email about re-filling my viagra prescription. Obviously banks cant be trusted but in this case i highly doubt they sold my info to a third party. 
    All it takes is one rogue employee with access who wants to make some extra money.  Or clicked on something they shouldn't have, or found a flash drive in the parking lot and plugged it into their work computer...
    Post edited by Octagon7711 on

    "Change is the only constant."

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