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What are these SPAM posters about ?
« on: 29/08/2005 19:50:26 »
I must have deleted 20 posts today and over the last few weeks many many many more.

The poster has an obscure name and always creates a post which comprises of just three or four words....the signature of the poster are three links to gambling sites.

They have even created their own threads....and in the space of just twenty minutes a new ' member ' has been created posting the same short succint meaningless posts...can anyone shed some serious light on this......?

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Re: What are these SPAM posters about ?
« Reply #1 on: 29/08/2005 19:53:01 »
here's the text of ANOTHER one I just deleted:

.......   '+So+when+will+w+know+more+%5B%5E%5D%0D%0A




%5Burl%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.car-rental-all-over-the-world.com%2Fuk-car-rental.html%22%5DUK+car+rental%0D%0A%5B%2Furl%5D+++ '


The name is always comprises of letters and numbers...in this case the poster is called ' Book44 '  
 


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Re: What are these SPAM posters about ?
« Reply #2 on: 29/08/2005 19:53:59 »
...and here's a link to a thread just created http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=2542

and here's another one http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=2543  !!!!

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« Last Edit: 29/08/2005 19:55:05 by neilep »
 

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Re: What are these SPAM posters about ?
« Reply #3 on: 29/08/2005 20:19:24 »
Are those post being created automatically?

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Re: What are these SPAM posters about ?
« Reply #4 on: 29/08/2005 20:44:37 »
They must be....and over the weeks I've deleted sooooo many fromat least ten different supposed members....but how does it go through the joining process ?...check on the profile and most of the time the members bio is just links to gambling sites !!!!!

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Re: What are these SPAM posters about ?
« Reply #5 on: 29/08/2005 21:08:12 »
Are you able to track the profiles to thier IP addresses?
If so, are you able to block the source/sources?

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Re: What are these SPAM posters about ?
« Reply #6 on: 29/08/2005 21:18:52 »
VERY GOOD POINT Razor.....unfortunately their IP address indicates they're from all over the globe...and alas...I do not have the power to block them....but I doubt it would do any good if they are being automatically generated from all over the place.....but excellent thinking Razor....

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Re: What are these SPAM posters about ?
« Reply #7 on: 29/08/2005 21:43:25 »
All of the direct links posted are dead ends according to my computer, this is a tricky situation, whoever's doing this does'nt seem to have any goals to this mischief, unless it's spyware or a virus.

We know little info on these potential threats, all i can suggest is surveillancing it, monitor they're behaviours, but dont sweat it(would'nt think you would anyway), hopefully it's just some jacka$$ nerd with ALOT of time on his hands.


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Re: What are these SPAM posters about ?
« Reply #8 on: 29/08/2005 22:13:04 »
Please welcome our newest "BoneIdol" computer programmed "Waste of Space" clone, bone98.

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Re: What are these SPAM posters about ?
« Reply #9 on: 30/08/2005 14:43:26 »
This will be my running tab..

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Re: What are these SPAM posters about ?
« Reply #10 on: 30/08/2005 15:23:09 »
A spambot! Whee!
 

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Re: What are these SPAM posters about ?
« Reply #11 on: 30/08/2005 17:24:42 »
Is there any common pattern within the posts that would make automatically blocking them work?
 

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Re: What are these SPAM posters about ?
« Reply #12 on: 30/08/2005 17:45:22 »
Is there a pattern? Yes, the so called submitters are linked to gambling sites. A typical spambot.

I wish I knew how to block them...
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Re: What are these SPAM posters about ?
« Reply #13 on: 30/08/2005 18:39:01 »
You could probably do it with a carefully designed regexp... but that would require rewriting the forum software - and I don't know how amenable it is to this..
 

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Re: What are these SPAM posters about ?
« Reply #14 on: 30/08/2005 20:06:30 »
...but how do these spambots go through the registration process ?....that is one clever spambot eh ?

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Re: What are these SPAM posters about ?
« Reply #15 on: 31/08/2005 18:34:20 »
31st August 2005      4 deleted

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Re: What are these SPAM posters about ?
« Reply #16 on: 31/08/2005 20:18:27 »
Neil
As part of the regisration process some sites send you an email with a link that has got to be clicked on in order to complete registration.
If this forum adopted this system could it prevent the use of spambots
 

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Re: What are these SPAM posters about ?
« Reply #17 on: 31/08/2005 21:23:42 »
Yep,

good point Michael.....if it perseveres much longer I'll mention it to El Supremo !!......it's true though, with this site...you don't have to have a legitimate email to register.....it's definitely worth a mention.

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Re: What are these SPAM posters about ?
« Reply #18 on: 01/09/2005 07:21:38 »
1st September 2005    07.21am............4 deleted


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Re: What are these SPAM posters about ?
« Reply #19 on: 01/09/2005 14:24:53 »
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As part of the registration process some sites send you an email with a link that has got to be clicked on in order to complete registration.
If this forum adopted this system could it prevent the use of spambots


Nice try. But think again. It's easy to have a bot read an email and grab a link. Anything a human can do online a bot can do. The hardest thing is image recognition! You need some script which makes an image with distorted text that needs to be copied by hand to a text field. Some bots even have a go at getting around this!

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Re: What are these SPAM posters about ?
« Reply #20 on: 02/09/2005 01:27:41 »
Yeah ultima your right. but them image recognition things jar me. but i suppose if thats the only way.
 

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Re: What are these SPAM posters about ?
« Reply #21 on: 02/09/2005 08:46:11 »
I agree half the time I can't read them :D

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Re: What are these SPAM posters about ?
« Reply #22 on: 12/09/2005 16:02:34 »
cloud197, nose567???
 

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Re: What are these SPAM posters about ?
« Reply #23 on: 12/09/2005 16:25:34 »
12th September 2005              

8 DELETED

It's a shame...I thought they'd all gone away .....

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Re: What are these SPAM posters about ?
« Reply #24 on: 12/09/2005 17:46:09 »
What a pain. sorry you ahve had to put up with this crap Neil.

The best we can do is to engage the email validation for registration. But as has already been pointed out, it's not that difficult for spam programmes to surmount this obstacle.

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