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We're Under Attack! Spammers Invade The Insanity Forum!

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Post icon  Posted 26 March 2009 - 09:42 AM

Lately some spammers have been invading the Insanity thread. This is very rare and now they are taking over whats left of our cherised home. Its time to fight back! Is you see some spam report it to me or akaikurama so we can take care of the situation immediately. It takes a lot to make the queen of insanity mad. This is one of them!!!!
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Posted 26 March 2009 - 10:39 AM

Yes! I was wondering where all these attacks were coming from and why so rapidly. I'll report any further attempts as soon as I see them.
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Posted 27 March 2009 - 04:10 PM

The spammers that were on insanity forum seemed to post all on the same day. I haven't seen any since, but I'll still keep a lookout.
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Posted 27 March 2009 - 07:47 PM

It's happened again! I feel so helpless!
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Posted 27 March 2009 - 09:08 PM

Prepare for counterattack!!!!! They shall not take these boards!!!!!
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Posted 27 March 2009 - 09:23 PM

I got rid of a bunch.
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Posted 27 March 2009 - 09:26 PM

They're getting craftier too. The quit smoking thread was sneaky.
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Posted 27 March 2009 - 10:56 PM

*Whistles as he starts to pull out a hammer while hiding in a bush waiting for the enemy.*
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Posted 28 March 2009 - 12:25 AM

View Postakiba64, on Mar 27 2009, 07:47 PM, said:

It's happened again! I feel so helpless!

I jinxed it, lol.
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Posted 28 March 2009 - 05:22 PM

I just got a whole bunch more we really need to get something to block them from posting at all.
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Posted 29 March 2009 - 12:50 PM

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 09:08 PM

My avatar is all set to destroy as much spam as possible.
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Posted 29 March 2009 - 09:10 PM

I recently found out that you're not supposed to reply to the spam posts, even if you really want to say something rude or funny. Or both. It just makes things worse apparently. I made this mistake recently *red faced and sheepish* So I'm going to fight spam the correct way now and just report it a lot :)

View PostDarklava, on Mar 29 2009, 01:50 PM, said:

THIS IS MADNESS!


No, this is SPARTA!
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Posted 30 March 2009 - 12:10 AM

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:37 AM

::appears out of nowhere, armed to the teeth::

I'm on it.
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Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:50 AM

"Go spam squad, Go"

They have moved to this territory because their invasion of the intro section was thwarted. They think they can blend in here, ha that's what they think.
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Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:55 AM

Next thing you know they'll try invading Convention Policies/Rules, or something.
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Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:58 AM

View Postokaonos, on Mar 30 2009, 10:55 AM, said:

Next thing you know they'll try invading Convention Policies/Rules, or something.


Now don't be giving them any ideas.....
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Posted 30 March 2009 - 10:01 AM

I'm somewhat impressed that they are actually personalizing profiles and signatures now, even if the names continue to remain somewhat obvious...
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Posted 30 March 2009 - 10:27 AM

View Postakaikurama, on Mar 30 2009, 10:58 AM, said:

Now don't be giving them any ideas.....

Would be a pretty bad idea, if they listened to me. Lots of staff and admins lurking around there. Not to mention "FREE VIAGRA! BUY 3 AND GET COMPLIMENTARY CHEAP AIRLINE TICKETS!!" is difficult to blend in with rules/policies.

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 02:06 PM

View PostDarklava, on Mar 29 2009, 01:50 PM, said:

THIS IS MADNESS!


THIS IS ACEN!!!!
(I couldn't resist)

But yeah, this has got out of hand. We are doing our best to remove the spam. I have so many messages in my inbox about this. But rest assured, we are doing everything we can to prevent them from atticking this or any of our forums.
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Posted 31 March 2009 - 06:52 AM

*MK enters wearing a Viking Helmet and takes out a key from a pre-1967 can of Spam and steaming cup of Green Tea. Then says in his best Billy impersion*
It's time to Eat Some Spam!
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Posted 31 March 2009 - 07:15 AM

OK, troops, time for a debriefing!

Based on my surveillance of the current wave of offenders, besides the usual and obvious indicators, the telltale signs of this new breed of bots are actually appearing in the profiles now:

Tiny avatar--they're actually personalizing now, but the avatar pics are tiny, and have little/nothing to do with anime. Although this is not a guaranteed sign, it is common in 8/10 of the ones I have encountered.

Interests are one or two words, and are usually things like "volleyball", or "music, dance", or "boating". Sometimes there will be a link there as well.

Check the sig! Where previous bots didn't personalize, now these guys use strategically placed links in theirs. Use your hover feature (HOVER, never click!) and check each word--sometimes they'll get crafty and make one word in the sig a link to a suspicious site, and the rest will link to a myspace or something innocent.

The location is almost always a foreign country--Brazil, Andorra, Argentina, etc.

Bad grammar--English is still their second language, so the sentence structure/spelling/usage is going to be a bit off, especially the more they talk.

That's all I can think of now, but if you have any observations, feel free to chime in!

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 07:28 AM

View Postthis_chick25, on Mar 31 2009, 08:15 AM, said:

Interests are one or two words, and are usually things like "volleyball", or "music, dance", or "boating". Sometimes there will be a link there as well.

Don't forget, some aren't so crafty and list what they're advertising as an interest. Ex; "Buying viagra" "Cheap airfair" "Refinancing mortages" etc.
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Posted 31 March 2009 - 08:35 AM

Well yeah, but I'd call those a bit more obvious. It's the ones without those telltale keywords that are getting by, like the one that started the duplicate "ShamWow guy gets arrested" thread.
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Posted 31 March 2009 - 09:17 AM

View Postthis_chick25, on Mar 31 2009, 09:35 AM, said:

, like the one that started the duplicate "ShamWow guy gets arrested" thread.

I never saw that one. When did that happen?
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Posted 31 March 2009 - 08:40 PM

Also, in thier contact spots, 3 of them will be thier acen name, 1 will be a string of numbers.
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Posted 31 March 2009 - 08:55 PM

View Postokaonos, on Mar 31 2009, 10:17 AM, said:

I never saw that one. When did that happen?


There was this one, username "KatherineHartnet..." that started that particular thread, that looked like a regular conversation thread; it even had two or three responses, but the signature looked something like this (hover over each individual word):

'Suspicious signature' said:




That's the format, and I just used myspace as an example.
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Posted 01 April 2009 - 12:44 PM

View Postthis_chick25, on Mar 31 2009, 08:15 AM, said:

That's all I can think of now, but if you have any observations, feel free to chime in!

About 97.8999% of the time, spammers list their age as 35+.
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Posted 01 April 2009 - 07:24 PM

Ah, you are right!
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