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Posted on Thu Dec 16, 2010 5:32 pm
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Hey Folks,

Just checking in quickly... Most of you probably haven't noticed, and that is a good thing, but we've had a VERY LARGE volume of spam signups lately. Likely all automatically created, and possibly from the same place.
They all display similar patterns, signing up first, then altering their userinfo after-the-fact to include malicious links, or sell things...

I'm trying my best to stay on top of these, and nuke them as I see them signup, but if I miss one, or if anyone is PM'd by one of these (likely automated) accounts... Please let me know, and provide me with a username, so I can nuke them from orbit.

Thanks!


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Posted on Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:49 pm
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After a month of swatting these account down at a rate of 3-5 a day, I finally had enough, and re-wrote the Submission script... It was one of the few remaining fully 2.0 scripts on the site. (The remainded of the CGI scripts are 2.5)

It's now up to snuff (that is, part of MAIL 3.0, and made of PHP win), and contains a proper reCaptcha image.

Hope it helps! *fingers crossed*


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Posted on Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:35 pm
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ahh reminds me of UT3, bots always getting in the way of the kills you want...Razz NURF


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Posted on Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:36 am
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Srsly, I think we're on some kind of list... *sigh*.


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Posted on Wed Jan 05, 2011 6:59 am
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lorraine wrote:
Srsly, I think we're on some kind of list... *sigh*.


Botfarm's tend to transmit information about sites registration locations to the remainder of the network... Sadly.


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Posted on Wed Jan 05, 2011 1:56 pm
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Just noticed another spam account. Jasofina has posted a couple of pornography links in (at least) the League Business forum section.

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Posted on Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:12 pm
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Aderamelech wrote:
Just noticed another spam account. Jasofina has posted a couple of pornography links in (at least) the League Business forum section.


Yeah, this is getting out of hand.
These are humans... Not bots


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Posted on Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:14 pm
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That was epic.

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Posted on Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:18 pm
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Derailed wrote:
That was epic.


You didn't just spend 20 minutes rebuilding the DB. Rolling Eyes


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Posted on Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:26 pm
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Daemon_Lotos wrote:
Derailed wrote:
That was epic.


You didn't just spend 20 minutes rebuilding the DB. Rolling Eyes


Nope. Could only sit here and rubberneck.

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Posted on Wed Jan 05, 2011 6:02 pm
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Daemon_Lotos wrote:


You didn't just spend 20 minutes rebuilding the DB. Rolling Eyes



Thank you very much for continuing to donate your time. Uber

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Posted on Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:05 pm
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Thanks for all your work DL! I have been noticing a great deal of these kind of accounts on other sites as well.


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Posted on Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:20 pm
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MusicMan wrote:
Thanks for all your work DL! I have been noticing a great deal of these kind of accounts on other sites as well.


It's looking like it's getting cheaper to order Captcha Cracking from China...


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Posted on Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:22 pm
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*pretends to know what that means*


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Posted on Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:05 pm
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*thinks he knows*
Captcha = you know... the stupid pics of numbers and letters you have to read and type in to proof that you're a human being (and you can't read them half the time xD) [the thing about 'stuipid pics' is not intended as an critisism against DL's action... sadly, it is needed...]
and what he means is that there are programs out there which can read those pics and make it possible for spam-bots to register and spam on captcha-secured pages [implying the fact that the numbers of spam-accounts didn't drop after upgrading the site].

At least that is what I think he wanted to say... and I hope I made myself clear (I'm not very good at this, not even in german xD)

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