I see spammers are hitting the BBS and posting stupid commercial ads int his forum.
I have upgraded the software last night. The spammers were adding about one post an hour. They apparently were upset to discover the method they had been using no longer worked, so they launched a denial of service attack from a host in New York. When I blocked that, they then launched a distributed denial of service attack which severely overloaded the web server for the next several hours. Then around 4am when it had stopped and traffic was light, the machine hung for no apparent reason.
They had developed some method that allowed them to post without a verified account. What's more they could post from IPs that were banned. They still can create an account and post but hopefully that which allowed them to bypass verification is fixed so it should be so easy to automate the abuse.