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Postby elora » Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:14 am

OK, so today it looks like we're being invaded by spambots.

First up, was Zalerynka with topics all over the board that were variants of "Buy Replica Christian Louboutin outlet shoes 13.5cm heel pat".

It was everywhere, like an outbreak of Typhoid Fever. So I lost 30 minutes of my life I will never have back again reporting the spam.

Not 2 hours later, new spammer emerges...and happens to pick my thread to spam. The thread I am writing a tale on and have been for over a year now. My work. It's important to me. This spammer is Helenlaj and their work is below

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Not just on my thread, mind you. But on my thread, after I went and reported the last spambot.

I have just three questions.

W? T? F?

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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby elora » Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:32 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anwy2MPT5RE

I DON'T LIKE SPAM!!!! :evil: :twisted:

But seriously, please please fix it. Oh, you seriously need some Mod's on non northern hemisphere timezones too. To catch the northern hemisphere spam bots assaulting the board in the wee hours of the night if nothing else.

Just sayin'.
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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby elora » Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:34 am

And now there is a third spambot.

Anastasiaypv

Has TORC been compromised? :|
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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby Cock-Robin » Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:39 am

I HATE SPAM!!! Please, somebody clean this up. The spammers are going wild!
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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby elora » Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:12 am

And here is a 4th contender: bym4mma17u :nono:
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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby oldtoby » Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:31 am

Your best bet is to email the mods to let them know when you see stuff like that. They wont see something posted here as quickly.
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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby ElvenArcher » Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:12 am

Thank you all for reporting the posts. That is very helpful. There are a ton of them and Jon has been notified. We'll try to clean them up as quickly as possible but if you see more please do report. There are a lot of forums and not a lot of mods so it is helpful to get a pointer to the problem posts.

You can hit the 'report' button and email the mods as well. That way we'll be sure to get the information.
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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby SeverusSnape » Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:18 am

Jon has been notified and all the moderators are being called in to help.

For me, it would be helpful not to post at this time, it just gets in the middle of ones we are trying to delete and banning.

Thank you for your patience, this will get cleaned up.

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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby SeverusSnape » Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:22 am

Thank you for your patience. For the moment all forums seem to be clean and clear. If you find the odd or stray post please feel free to report it.


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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby Daefaroth » Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:52 pm

Cock-Robin wrote:I HATE SPAM!!! Please, somebody clean this up. The spammers are going wild!


Yes they did. And they will again.

For general information - most of the recent spam ID's were *not* automated bots.

Jonathan has put good measures in place on the new Boards to filter out 99% of those.

This attack looked like very human humans, paid to do exactly what they did.

Stopping human spammers is very difficult. The most effective options are also the most labor intensive for the Staff.

As Severus has suggested, use the "Report" option when you see Spam and then please, be patient.
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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby elora » Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:37 pm

Thanks all. Clean as a whistle now. So sparkly!

I did report all of the first spam attack. I was on a mission. But as the next 3 spammers emerged in the following hours I decided to get more efficient with my allocation of time to fight the hordes (AKA - create a thread here to name and shame and whine about it on FB because that's what people do nowadays :wink: ).

If the spambots weren't spam, does that mean we've been attacked by zombie hordes? Because that would be kinda cool....where's my cricket bat (we don't do baseball here)... :P
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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby Melwa » Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:40 pm

Thank you very much, Mods, for clearing all that junk out. :thumbsup:
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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby Cock-Robin » Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:54 pm

Thank you, Mods! I really appreciate you cleaning the site up.
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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby siddharth » Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:39 am

A big HAND for the mods on that job everyone! :clap: :clap:
Cheers!
I'd quite forgotten that there was a spam-alert button here! :D

ETA: The spamming hasn't stopped yet, I can still see a few spam in there. But it's much more less in intensity.

BTW, I noticed that the no. of spams per day had recently increased. From the last month or so, I think. And I actually saw yesterday's "invasion" LIVE. Saw those threads standing at the top of a forum fall back into the second page.
While I appreciate what the mods do, I think that there are fewer no. of mods than needed. Especially for the late-night hours, American time. I've noticed many of these spams are posted at that time (when it's full daylight here!!! :D). So, may I suggest to engage a few more mods? :)

As a matter of curiosity, why would "human-bots" do such pointless spamming? I mean, it's common sense no one in such forums would be interested in stuff like that, isn't it?
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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby krawler » Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:32 am

I just popped on the site and found a bunch more. I've never seen such an infestation here before. :Q I must say I am grateful for the mods that have always kept this forum clean and will no doubt put it back to rights in short order.

Here's a little something for our heroic mods to listen to whilst they wield their mithril ban-hammers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjqZ0aIAgFM
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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby Leon K Fox » Sat Jul 20, 2013 1:20 pm

I'm honestly pretty taken aback, not by the fact that there's spam but just how much of it there is! Never seen so much on one forum in such a short time from glancing at the Latest feed on Tapatalk. Still seems to be a problem too :|

Perhaps this forum has been gazed upon by the The Eye of Sauron? :-o
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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby Hobbituk » Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:31 pm

It's fair to say we haven't seen anything like it before either.
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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby ElvenArcher » Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:31 pm

LOL Krawler.
I think we feel like Mickey towards the end of this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvUtBc7j6Is

We're still working on things and thank you for your patience!
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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby elora » Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:58 pm

I reckon we're under siege. Cue the riot!

Definitely think the defending ranks need to be bolstered. This, my good people, is a war we are fighting.
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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby Calma » Sat Jul 20, 2013 5:18 pm

Thank you all very much for giving up your time to rid us of those awful things.
This is why we have the best site on the web.

THANK YOU!!!!
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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby Melwa » Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:30 pm

The Charge of the Volunteer Mods!

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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby siddharth » Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:11 am

What Calma said. :D
Thanks for keeping this site clean and enjoyable.

I see another spammer in Books. Marcuscbg. So, is there gonna be a day three as well?
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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby elora » Sun Jul 21, 2013 5:13 am

And another to add to the Spam list: Nanakaits

Reported, of course. Also found in Books.
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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby Old_Begonia » Sun Jul 21, 2013 9:45 am

It ain't over yet.

Bearonyanycle

Posted 34 minutes ago in Movies Forum on the thread TORCers Review Thread (spoilers of course)

I tried to Report but it said it didn't exist.

Also, is there such a thing as Tapatalk 2? because after I tried looking at the profile of this person, I got a popup asking if I like Tapatalk and suggesting I try T2.
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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby Daefaroth » Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:03 am

Old_Begonia wrote:It ain't over yet.

Bearonyanycle

Posted 34 minutes ago in Movies Forum on the thread TORCers Review Thread (spoilers of course)

I tried to Report but it said it didn't exist.


It existed. It was delicious. :twisted:
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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby Leon K Fox » Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:24 pm

The "Lack of amazing female characters" thread has now been subject to the spam as well. This is absolutley ridiculous :-|

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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby ElvenArcher » Sun Jul 21, 2013 7:58 pm

I'll go take a look (if another mod hasn't nabbed the spam already).

It is very helpful when people report the posts, as we mods will see an icon on threads that have been flagged for spam. When multiple spam posts are inside a thread which is otherwise being used normally we can miss it unless the users flag it.
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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby Calma » Sun Jul 21, 2013 8:35 pm

I have been flagging them,
But some have multiple posts.
Should I flag them all?
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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby Daefaroth » Sun Jul 21, 2013 9:45 pm

Calma wrote:I have been flagging them,
But some have multiple posts.
Should I flag them all?


If all the posts are in one thread, reporting one post is sufficient.

If the posts are in different threads, report one in each thread.

Once the spammer ID shows up on Report, this helps us hunt down the affected forums/threads.

Thank you to every member who is helping fight this invasion. Your efforts are appreciated very much.
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Re: Spammer Invasion

Postby elora » Mon Jul 22, 2013 1:02 am

All the following have been reported:

wsqbzzXQ - located in the Books forum

fnmkyq7y - located in the Books forum
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