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Article Marketing Robot & Stolen Email Accounts - Hosting Suspended

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by brutang, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. brutang

    brutang Junior Member

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    Hello, I hope this hasn't been posted before. I searched and didn't find any similar topics.

    Within the last 24 hours, I've had 2 different hosting accounts warned and/or suspended with 2 different hosting companies (HostGator and a small independent reseller of some no-name host) due to my servers and email accounts spending massive amounts of spam.

    The email accounts in question were used specifically for AMR account creation, and never anything else. I used them for AMR creation and let them sit there. The only possible way someone would have gotten the info for these accounts is through AMR as they all had randomly generated passwords, and, again, were created solely for the purpose of AMR blasts.

    So, as a warning to others, I'll only be using free email accounts for AMR from now on. Luckily the hosting accounts in question were used primarily for junker domains & creating emails, so none of my money sites are effected.
     
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    wannabie Elite Member

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    Rubbish -

    I have been using AMR and hostgator for emails for ages and never had a single problem
     
  3. brutang

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    I, also, have been using AMR and hostgator + my other hosting account since the first few weeks AMR came out and have never had a problem until the last 24 hours. Two separate hosting accounts in 1 day, and both letters from my hosts listed the emails being used to send the spam.

    I'd suggest at the very least deleting the emails a few days after you've confirmed your accounts.

    I'm not trying to bash AMR - I use it constantly and think it's great. I'm just letting people know of an issue I've come across and I can 100% confidently say it's due to AMR.
     
  4. wannabie

    wannabie Elite Member

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    Well how many accounts are you setting up a day?
     
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    I just received an e-mail from Hostgator:

     
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  6. brutang

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    I only set up 4-8 accounts per week, nothing much.

    Here's what HostGator sent:

    then they listed the email accounts and how many emails have been sent out from those (User sent approximately 1,600 messages to 1,200 unique recipients)

    I'm on hold with HostGator trying to get this resolved.
     
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    I got the exact same email today. How are spammers getting access?
     
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  8. brutang

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    Ok, all finished up with Hostgator. Only the email account was stolen, my cpanel, ftp etc is fine and has no hits from IPs outside of my typical range. They just suggested changing my email passwords and doing a virus scan (i know I don't have a virus).

    Some how someone is sniffing out what settings you have in the AMR email section when you create or verify emails, or something like that. I won't pretend to know the first thing about hacking or internet security, but I know it's possible.
     
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    This has happened to me a while back. Make sure you use a secure connection (SSL) with your email accounts and a very strong password.
     
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    First question - Is (was) your Author Account password in step1A the same as your email login password in Step1B? (If so, tsk tsk)

    The reason I ask is because it wouldn't surprise me if someone has set up a "directory" in an attempt to hijack passwords and send spam from your accounts.

    Considering that all the login data is stored locally on your PC, it would be difficult for random users to gain access to it. Also, I have set up my fair share of email accounts on my shared hostgator account and have never had this warning email hit my inbox, although it would be nice if we could configure a "failed login" attempt script through cpanel to email our master email account with a message that reports the IP's
     
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  11. zerocoolflo

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    I also use hostgator and made 3 accounts by now with alot of k's of emails
    Never had any problem...
     
  12. topdown

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    Nope, the email passwords that i use for AMR are those generated by the hosting(highest security) and for the accounts used something rather simple...but with number and caps...I had problems only with one email account but i've changed the password even for the others...
     
  13. brutang

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    Nah, I use a randomly generated password for my Cpanel email account, then i just type in some junk for step 1 like Pzdsaf1As or something completely random.

     
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    Hmm I'm at a loss then. No idea how this could happen. And why is it so random... I guess you'll have to change your email passwords after you do a mass signup / confirm to prevent this from happening but that's not the most desirable solution.
     
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    Ill do a test run myself and send you a pm with the results
     
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    $hit I read this thread and checked one account I used same thing mass emails sent and same email from HG
     
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    Found a series of the emails sent out and they all are in Latvian language :)
     
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    I got the hostgator warning too, after I tried to signup for 8,000 directories with 15 threads and one email account.

    The email addresses weren't used for anything else and the article account and the email account passwords were different.

    Maybe Hostgator is suspicious because they see so many emails being sent TO my email account?
     
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    I just checked the mail logs on my server, but didn't see anything strange. I deleted all the accounts I used with AMR just in case.

    I don't use host gator, maybe it's an issue with them?

    Cheers!
     
  20. therich

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    I got the same problem 2 days ago. I used the that email account only for AMR, and somehow thousands of spam emails are sent from that email account on hostgator.