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Postby ccbtimewiz » Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:31 pm

ccbtimewiz wrote:http://lyokofreak.net/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5136


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Fluffy wrote:http://lyokofreak.net/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5136&sid=a3f73d5d75138daa0e4c563555958c1c
spambot I do believe. with posts like:
Yana.Rudenko2009 wrote:Our Umbrella Store offers several kinds of umbrellas,such as parasols,rain umbrellas,golf umbrellas,men's Umbrellas,Children's umbrellas and so forth. Most of these products are made in fulmargin, Pearl cloth, Satin, nylon-polyester, Color grid plot,Carom cloth, Flash color cloth. Some umbrellas are covered with China's traditional embroidery which can give you a taste of the exotic.
We sincerely hope that you could chose your favorite goods in our shop.

and:
Yana.Rudenko2009 wrote:Our wedding Dresses Store of the opinion that no woman should go without beautiful wedding, nor should any woman put aside lacey, silky prom dresses exclusively for special occasions. It is very important and exciting for every bride to choose the perfect wedding gowns in the preparation of her special wedding day!

I think it qualifys.
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Postby Saphire-089 » Sat Mar 28, 2009 1:09 am

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Postby Mewberries151 » Sat Mar 28, 2009 2:16 am



Got that one. *salutes* Thanks for keeping a sharp eye out for these bots, guys!
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Postby TheLQ » Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:48 pm

profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5372

Website links to a shopping site, and uses random gibberish for info (which I assume to prevent namebased spambot dragnets)

EDIT:

Somebody fails at clonebotting. Here are 3 accounts with the exact same information.

profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5371
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5370
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5369
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Postby TheAppleFreak » Wed Sep 01, 2010 5:19 pm

Add another one to the ban list.
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5376
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Postby TheLQ » Wed Sep 01, 2010 8:59 pm

STOP APPROVING THE SPAM BOTS

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Postby Mewberries151 » Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:40 pm

TheLQ wrote:STOP APPROVING THE SPAM BOTS

profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5375


FOR THE LAST TIME. I CAN'T STOP THEM FROM REGISTERING BUT POSTING ACCESS IS ADMIN PERMISSION ONLY SO THEY CAN'T POST. THERE'S NO "APPROVAL" TO BE STOPPED. K THX

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On the other hand, thank you all for pointing these guys out with direct links. Makes them waaay easier to delete.
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Postby TheLQ » Thu Sep 02, 2010 6:46 pm

Mewberries151 wrote:
TheLQ wrote:STOP APPROVING THE SPAM BOTS

profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5375


FOR THE LAST TIME. I CAN'T STOP THEM FROM REGISTERING BUT POSTING ACCESS IS ADMIN PERMISSION ONLY SO THEY CAN'T POST. THERE'S NO "APPROVAL" TO BE STOPPED. K THX


Opps... I thought they didn't appear in the memberlist until they were admin approved.

Sorry about that...
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Postby TheLQ » Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:04 pm

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Postby Mewberries151 » Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:46 pm

TheLQ wrote:
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TheLQ wrote:STOP APPROVING THE SPAM BOTS

profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5375


FOR THE LAST TIME. I CAN'T STOP THEM FROM REGISTERING BUT POSTING ACCESS IS ADMIN PERMISSION ONLY SO THEY CAN'T POST. THERE'S NO "APPROVAL" TO BE STOPPED. K THX


Opps... I thought they didn't appear in the memberlist until they were admin approved.

Sorry about that...


It's true, some forums run their memberlists like that (I think CL.com's forum does maybe ), but LF's is free-registration. *nods*

But like I said, they can't post until they receive Admin permission and activation of their account, so we shouldn't see any spam posts from them.

...Hopefully. >_>;
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Postby TheLQ » Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:05 pm

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Postby TheAppleFreak » Wed Sep 08, 2010 8:00 pm

Add another to the heap:
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Postby SilverPrince » Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:13 pm

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Stonecreek wrote:I miss the boob bots. At least they were peddling something I have interest in...
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Postby SilverPrince » Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:21 pm

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Stonecreek wrote:I miss the boob bots. At least they were peddling something I have interest in...
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Postby Rho » Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:27 am

profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5391

Their site leads to some sort of Japanese-looking retail site. That with the spammy username makes me suspicious.
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Postby TheLQ » Sat Oct 02, 2010 9:08 am

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Postby TheAppleFreak » Tue Oct 05, 2010 6:57 pm

Yet another one.
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5398
Do you think that we should purge the spam accounts like we did a year or two back, and maybe upgrade the forum to phpBB3 in the process?
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Postby Mewberries151 » Wed Oct 06, 2010 12:03 am

TheLordOfAppleFreaks wrote:Yet another one.
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5398
Do you think that we should purge the spam accounts like we did a year or two back, and maybe upgrade the forum to phpBB3 in the process?


There actually aren't that many spam accounts to purge. Ever since membership was made Admin-Activation only, all spambots are deleted almost as soon as they register (give or take a couple days). The only thing that is really deletable at this point would be accounts that were created before we moved to Admin-Activation, and that still have 0 posts, if anything just to liberate the names for others to use. We can look into that, for sure and that's something we can do without Warton or our tech admins.

Speaking of them, I'm still trying to talk with Warton about the upgrade. At this point, it almost might be worthwhile to wait until phpBB4 but we'll see. ^^
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Postby TheLQ » Tue Oct 12, 2010 6:42 pm

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Postby SilverPrince » Wed Dec 01, 2010 1:35 am

Username "Uggbootssale." I mean, come on. Could it be any more obvious?
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Stonecreek wrote:I miss the boob bots. At least they were peddling something I have interest in...
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Postby TheLQ » Tue Jan 25, 2011 3:52 am

So I just randomly decided to go through the userlist and see what bots I could find.

profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5914
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5913
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5912
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5905
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5906
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5907
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5908
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5909
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5910
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5904
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5903
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5902 (maybe)
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5901
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5900
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5899
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5898
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5897
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5895
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5896 (fake emails)
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5894
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5893 (p0rn...)
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5892
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5891
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5890
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5889 (hey look, please go to my not suspicious looking website http://www.xn--cebafbscbd2fepf.com !)
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5886
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5887
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5888
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5885
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5884
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5883
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5882
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5881
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5880 (same random domain name)
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5879
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5878 (Hey, please go to my easy to remember domain name http://www.natürliche-potenzmittel-lebensmittel.to10.de !)
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5877 (maybe)
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5876
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5875
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5874
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5873 (email address has suspicious domain)
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5662 (website is a PROMOTIONAL COMPANY?!)
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5583
profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=5608

Seems to taper off after there. Hope this helps you Mew or TB3!

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I'd almost write a script that would flag any new user with a website since this is getting so bad. I wonder how they are getting past the captcha?
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Postby SilverPrince » Tue Jan 25, 2011 4:23 pm

TheLQ wrote:I wonder how they are getting past the captcha?
I, uh... I'm not entirely sure we have a captcha. Remember, the forum infrastructure is ancient.

*opens private tab in Opera, goes to LF, clicks register* Bu god, we do have a Captcha! Well... sort of. Captchas are distorted... this is just a bunch of numbers and letters. This is circa the turn of the millennium, so I'd imagine bots can get past it quite easily now.

I'm sure me saying this isn't helping at all... I'll just slink away now.
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Postby Mewberries151 » Tue Jan 25, 2011 8:02 pm

SilverPrince wrote:
TheLQ wrote:I wonder how they are getting past the captcha?
I, uh... I'm not entirely sure we have a captcha. Remember, the forum infrastructure is ancient.

*opens private tab in Opera, goes to LF, clicks register* Bu god, we do have a Captcha! Well... sort of. Captchas are distorted... this is just a bunch of numbers and letters. This is circa the turn of the millennium, so I'd imagine bots can get past it quite easily now.

I'm sure me saying this isn't helping at all... I'll just slink away now.


Pretty much.

We have Captcha, but it's old, and I'm sure most bots written nowadays can easily over-ride it.

Basically, for some reason, they've just decided to target this forum (and probably other older phpbb forums) and inundate us with bot accounts. I've managed to block most of them but as you can see there's still quite a few getting in.

I'll have them all deleted eventually. Online time has been limited lately for me so please don't be nervous if you see the number of spambots building up every once in awhile. They can't join the forum because they can't self-activate so we /shouldn't/ see any of them posting. ...They're just there taking up space and generally looking stupid. 8|
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Re: Spam Bots on the Forum

Postby TheAppleFreak » Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:41 am

Well, with the new upgrade to the forum, it seems as if our spambot protection has once again failed us. I'm planning on implementing anti-spambot measures tomorrow, but that means for the meantime we're gonna be hit by spambots. Post their profiles here and I'll be sure to remove them ASAP.

So far, I have:
memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=19987
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memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=19985
memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=19986
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