Fake MacRumors Update Emails This Afternoon

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  1. NY Guitarist macrumors 65816

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    Fake MacRumors Update Emails This Afternoon

    I just got an email from "Macrumors" for a post to a thread I'm subscribed to that hasn't been posted on for some days. The link goes to a fakemacrumors-dot-com?

    WTH is that?
     
  2. lelisa13p macrumors 68000

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    Just received 3 of these, looking exactly like the real emails, except for the address, This is one of the addresses: http://forums.fakemacrumors.com/forumdisplay.php?f=137

    Link goes to a password sign in box.

    Emails arrived at a peculiar time of day, not the regular time.

    Just a heads-up. Maybe they're after passwords.
     
  3. lelisa13p macrumors 68000

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    I just posted a thread about those. I got 3 of them. They were made to look like the Forum updates that I receive daily after midnite.
     
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  5. Comeagain? macrumors 68020

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    Just for fun, I typed in a random username (like sfd) and password (like ••••••) and when you click enter, it just flashes white, and has the dialog box again. Kinda fun.
     
  6. NY Guitarist thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Got this today too. You were more brave than I by following that link.

    Damn thieves.

    BTW I reported this to MacRumors but no idea if they saw my message yet.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If it's in this forum, they will see it.
     
  8. Comeagain? macrumors 68020

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    I hope arn knows. He owns the Domain.

    Screen Shot 2012-08-13 at 5.10.49 PM.png
     
  9. lelisa13p, Aug 13, 2012
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    I'll also add that my AV (Trend Micro) blocked & categorized it as a repetitive web threat (3 blocks at 1 click.)

    And I just discovered another fabulous side-effect of marking those 3 emails as Spam is that all of the legit MacRumors update emails sent out at midnite went into my Spam folder, too.

    The fake emails used legit emails from yesterday and changed only the main forum link inside of the message (the link shown before thread links.) Gmail "learned" the sender (MacRumors) was Spam, hence the auto-sort into Spam instead of Inbox. Ugh.
     
  10. Theclamshell macrumors 68030

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    I feel kind of left out not getting the e-mails :p
     
  11. lelisa13p macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, well, this kind of feeling special I can do without. ;)

    However, you are a Demi-God. :D
     
  12. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    :D That doesn't make us immune, although I have not received the email either..I'm sure arn will be across this though.
     
  13. lelisa13p macrumors 68000

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    What irked me the most was how they slid their nasty link inside of a real forum email. :mad:
     
  14. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    It's becoming far more common in the Mac community now...We are not attacked by all and sundry like Windows users are, but with more and more Macs being sold, the "Niche" aspect of our machines is rapidly disappearing. In some ways it's a good thing, particularly for those who are fond of gaming, but don't want to bootcamp....More and more titles are appearing in the App store now ad it's good to see. We have to be careful, but we are still in a far safer environment than those using PC's.
     
  15. Knox Administrator

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    I haven't spoken to arn yet, but after a little digging it looks like it's just a password-protected test copy of the forum. I suspect whoever was testing forgot that real users would receive emails from it :)
     
  16. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Storm in the proverbial tea cup then..:)
     
  17. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    Or was that a post from Knox's account that had it's password stolen?

    *the moon landing was also faked*
     
  18. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    :eek: Now that WOULD be spooky..:)
     
  19. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    I decided to disable the 'receive email from members' option in my profile. Though I haven't received any spam through that link, I'd prefer to keep it that way.
     
  20. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

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    Good lord I hope Arn owns it... I thought my stupid work computer was just prompting me for my password again (it often does when browsing the web) and used my Air Force login details.... :eek:

    I should really read more...
     
  21. NY Guitarist thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I did the same thing.

    Does anyone have a copy of the original email? I deleted mine and perhaps the long header info can be of some help.

    Or is it confirmed that this was a "test" that originated form MacRumors?
     
  22. Comeagain? macrumors 68020

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    Ask Knox, or wait for Arn. From what Knox said, you don't need to worry, it was just a mistake.
     
  23. NY Guitarist thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Seems like a mistake, but I just got an email minutes ago from MR asking me for a copy of the email that was sent to me. Unfortunately I had already deleted it, so thought maybe someone who has a copy can forward it to MR in case they still need it.
     
  24. arn macrumors god

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    Sorry about that. "fakemacrumors.com" is ours and is a staging area. We recently restored it to a recent backup of the real forums, which is why you started getting these emails.

    nothing to fear. We'll try to stop it from sending out those emails.

    arn

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    Actually, if anyone does have a copy of those emails, could you send them to me

    arn@normalkid.com

    thanks
    arn
     
  25. lelisa13p, Aug 15, 2012
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    I just forwarded the one copy that I'd saved. :)

    I feel much better knowing that my info wasn't somehow grabbed.
     

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