AATG viral ad.... or accounts compromised?


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Barchetta
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Received a mail at 06:03 today from http://www.allaboutthegames.co.uk with a link to Bridgton evening news portal. Legit or fake? The smattering of cyrillic and odd text formatting, together with large smiley do a great job of preventing me click through on any of the links!
#1 at 07:32:41 - 12/09/2012
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I got that too.

I'm not too concerned at this point because if you actually look closely, the sender's email address is vashdom13@mail.ru - they've only spoofed the info@ email address.
#2 at 08:56:08 - 12/09/2012
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Hello - long time no post, but I received this today.

Unfortunately the email address they sent it to was one I know I only gave to you guys - it's aatg@my domain

The only emails I've had to that address is the spam, the signup email for here, and a handful from "gamersuniverse" - I assume that's related to this site too?
#3 at 00:49:02 - 15/09/2012
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I wouldn't call it a hack so much as "They saw your email addresses on your profile pages and weren't fooled by the lack of an @ symbol"

Well, except my email address. Because I'm intelligent. ;)
#4 at 07:58:07 - 15/09/2012
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It looks one of two things have happened:

1) Our DB has been compromised. But this seems unlikely as they'd be spamming the site with articles.

2) More likely, they've just scraped email addresses from the user profile page.
#5 at 10:58:12 - 15/09/2012
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HairyArse said:It looks one of two things have happened:

1) Our DB has been compromised. But this seems unlikely as they'd be spamming the site with articles.

2) More likely, they've just scraped email addresses from the user profile page.


Can you hide the email line from the profile page, I didn't realise it displayed my email, I thought it was there for account recovery purposes :/
#6 at 18:15:00 - 15/09/2012
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Hmmm.. In all my years' membership of this site I don't recall ever visiting my profile page. Never been one for narcissism ;).

So, removed the email address but would have thought it wiser to simply not show them in the first place. Maybe a throwback to a simpler time ......
#7 at 09:58:42 - 16/09/2012
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Yeah I'll disable them from that page. I think they I originally put them there so users could get in touch with each other.
#8 at 13:15:50 - 16/09/2012
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