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[RESOLVED] Widespread Forum SPAM

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#1 berserkirtec

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 07:08 AM

There are dozens of long and annoying SPAM related posts by the following anonymous user:

Guest_alluggbhvy_*

Please delete all posts by this user. It might be a good idea not to allow further anonymous postings. Thanks. ;)

#2 berserkirtec

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 10:44 AM

Below is a list of more anonymous spammers who are filling up forum pages:

Guest_becmanuggb_*
Guest_scuddishiog_*
Guest_lpywomenin_*
Guest_infoonubjy_*
Guest_AnceceDrync_*

#3 Rob Henderson

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 03:14 PM

Hi Beserk,

We've noticed the influx in spam posts as well and we think we've managed to root out the cause. We shouldn't see any more but please report them if you see them!
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#4 berserkirtec

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 11:28 PM

Thank you Sir. I enjoy the forum. keep up the great work. ;)

#5 Kenny

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:20 AM

User wesssereedddi posted some posted some skin pics in the http://itstactical.c...ary-issue-gear/ post. There's nothing like reading the forums at work and scrolling down to see naked Russian girls.
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#6 berserkirtec

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 11:11 AM

Bump...Please fix. Thanks.

#7 berserkirtec

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 11:52 AM

More SPAM. This time from:

RuitoRotnop



#8 Mother73

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 12:24 PM

More SPAM. This time from:

RuitoRotnop


Yeah, was thinking this is the guy I could kill without batting an eye. funny, since I don't typically get that bent about much, but somehow the spam makes me psychotic.
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#9 berserkirtec

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 01:01 PM

Guess who is still up to no good SPAM'ing, yup:

RuitoRotnop

#10 LongHaul

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 01:36 PM

Yep, RuitoRotnop was extraordinarily irritating. He was at 225 posts within about 30 minutes of signing up! I guess I don't get why someone would spend their time spaming the forum. I like the "without batting an eye" comment. :D

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#11 berserkirtec

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 02:01 PM

Yeah, I don't think I would ever want to piss off Mother73. ;)

#12 Rob Henderson

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 02:10 PM

Got him! Thanks for the heads up guys! We're getting tighter controls and restrictions put in place to stop it from happening. Occasionally, someone will get through but as soon as we're aware of it, we'll get rid of them.

Thanks again!
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#13 DStevenson

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 02:59 PM

Rob,

If he is using a bot to create an account and access the forums there is a very very very simple and free fix.
If it is a human spamming then your options are a bit more limited but from personal experience they let the bot do the work.

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#14 LongHaul

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 03:09 PM

I don't know much about bots, but I'd have a hard time believing that, even with cut and paste, a lone human could post well over 220 entries in 30 minutes. I guess it's possible, but with how rapid the posts were showing up it seemed automated.

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#15 michael star

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 05:30 PM

Plus how effective are those bots/humans anyways? Has anyone ever clicked on one of those links?

#16 LongHaul

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 05:56 PM

Yeah, I really don't undertand the motivation for this type of thing. And I'm sure you're right, no one would ever click on the mess of links and garbled words that are posted.

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#17 Mother73

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:50 PM

Nope my friends, that is a bot. And the spam bots are amazingly simple to run. The whole design is to boost search engine results. So, because of the tens of thousands of links the bot put out today, the website has now moved up 7 places in search results. and well berserkirtec, I am usually a pushover. Just don't like having my space invaded for nefarious reasons.

#18 berserkirtec

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 10:19 PM

There are many more nefarious reasons to run bots, usually with the intent of creating zombie machines for botnet attacks or identity theft. Many times links created in forum posts by bots are for the purpose of driving people to infected servers where malicious code is distributed. The trojans and malware is injected directly through the browser via known and unknown exploits. This type of attack is similar to e-mail SPAM containing malicious links.

#19 berserkirtec

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:01 PM

More SPAM. This time it is from Weitleunlilla.




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