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  • Help! I've been hit by hackers

    It looks like they launched a directory harvest attack and compromised the accounts of several hundred users who had easy-to-guess passwords. (Thank goodness for the 5 strike system.)

    But with those accounts, they've send thousands of private messages containing pornographic spam.

    The users who are receiving the PMs are sending me hate mail because I "allowed" this to happen.

    I've disabled the PM system while I try to figure out what to do, but frankly, I don't know.

    How can I do a search through the PM tables and delete PMs containing links to porn sites? I'm afraid to simply delete messages from the PM Message table since it will probably leave orphan records in the associated PM tables.

    What do I do?

    Help!!!

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    If you know the users that have sent the PMs you can delete the PMs sent by the users by going to

    AdminCP > Users > Search For Users > *Enter the username of the user* > Edit > Delete Private Messages Sent By User (from the quick user tools menu)

    Repeat for other users as required.
    Kerry-Anne :)

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