|
Your continuous donations keep RPGWatch running!
RPGWatch Forums » General Forums » RPGWatch » A few remarks about spamming bots …

Default A few remarks about spamming bots …

April 19th, 2009, 13:55
Originally Posted by Alrik Fassbauer View Post
1. If the results are more than let's say 5 pages, then it's most likely a bot.

2. If almost all results are user names from forums, then even more so.

3. If the time zone of Yangkee730 is set towards China, then you'll have another clue.
"Alrik Fassbauer" : More than 10 pages of search result, most if not all from forums… I think I just unmasked the last new generation bot, amazing!
Dasale is offline

Dasale

SasqWatch

#21

Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 2,096

Default 

April 20th, 2009, 10:39
ROFL !!!

Got me !!!

“ Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.“ (E.F.Schumacher, Economist, Source)
Alrik Fassbauer is offline

Alrik Fassbauer

Alrik Fassbauer's Avatar
TL;DR

#22

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Old Europe
Posts: 15,607

Default 

April 21st, 2009, 11:31
Originally Posted by Alrik Fassbauer View Post
This is a glimpse into the future: The next generation bots will try to act like humans - or to be considered as humans, as a result to their replies.
That's pretty interesting… and scary! Imagine befriending one.
Krzychu is offline

Krzychu

Krzychu's Avatar
Sentinel

#23

Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Milky Way
Posts: 486

Default 

June 15th, 2009, 20:50
It put it here … Do NOT use ANY site that has the words "Carla's Choice" in its title !!!

There are hundreds or even thousands of that out there !

I just found out via a site called "Carla's Choice of star wars battlefront pictures links and sites" that this site contains spam-texts, and probably malware, too !

In my case, there was a dialog-box popping out claiming that my PC was infected … Well, I fear now, that it is indeed the case now … I must do a scan right now …

I can only warn of sites with this name !!!

“ Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.“ (E.F.Schumacher, Economist, Source)
Alrik Fassbauer is offline

Alrik Fassbauer

Alrik Fassbauer's Avatar
TL;DR

#24

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Old Europe
Posts: 15,607

Default 

June 16th, 2009, 02:20
There is one at the GamerDad forums that is very human-like … it had ~4-5 posts before I figured it out, and only then because a post was a duplicate from another thread, but actually fit ok in both.

— Mike
txa1265 is online now

txa1265

txa1265's Avatar
SasqWatch

#25

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Corning, NY USA
Posts: 11,271

Default 

June 16th, 2009, 12:18
Yes, I had a similar thing recently, too.

“ Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.“ (E.F.Schumacher, Economist, Source)
Alrik Fassbauer is offline

Alrik Fassbauer

Alrik Fassbauer's Avatar
TL;DR

#26

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Old Europe
Posts: 15,607

Default 

July 3rd, 2009, 11:21
A few days ago I stopped a bot in the other forum I'm in, and it seemed to be an attempt to use the current hype about the death of Mr. M. Jackson : The bot was called "jaksones".

By the way, there is an increasing number of bots with the e-mail adress of "chongsoft.com". I advise to stop everything with that doman in the e-mail adress.

“ Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.“ (E.F.Schumacher, Economist, Source)
Alrik Fassbauer is offline

Alrik Fassbauer

Alrik Fassbauer's Avatar
TL;DR

#27

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Old Europe
Posts: 15,607

Default 

July 13th, 2009, 00:30
Uh, just found a spammer in a forum :

Benutzername: CabDially
Rang: Newbie
Wohnort: Papua New Guinea
Alter: 27
Tδtigkeit: Legal
Interessen: Dancing
It is interesting that someone with this age and interests has nothing but spam in his head …

“ Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.“ (E.F.Schumacher, Economist, Source)
Alrik Fassbauer is offline

Alrik Fassbauer

Alrik Fassbauer's Avatar
TL;DR

#28

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Old Europe
Posts: 15,607

Default 

July 13th, 2009, 00:39
Two updates :

Benutzername: seroaveboaw
Rang: Newbie
Wohnort: Israel
Alter: 47
Tδtigkeit: Media
Interessen: Coffee and conversation
And someone names "quickinq", selling technical stuff.

“ Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.“ (E.F.Schumacher, Economist, Source)
Alrik Fassbauer is offline

Alrik Fassbauer

Alrik Fassbauer's Avatar
TL;DR

#29

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Old Europe
Posts: 15,607

Default 

November 23rd, 2010, 21:50
In the forum I'm moderating in we have had the first spam bot since a major forum software update several months ago : The "name" is bolanle4me

I'm worried that this might mean that the newest security measures and/or captchas are no more safe anymore.

“ Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.“ (E.F.Schumacher, Economist, Source)
Alrik Fassbauer is offline

Alrik Fassbauer

Alrik Fassbauer's Avatar
TL;DR

#30

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Old Europe
Posts: 15,607

Default 

November 23rd, 2010, 21:59
We're still stomping 2-3 spammers a day, but Myrthos made some changes a few weeks ago that pretty well eliminated the automated bots. Corwin and I (as the primary bot squashers) can keep up with human spammers well enough.

Sorry. No pearls of wisdom in this oyster.
Dallas Cowboys: *sigh* / / Detroit Red Wings: Took injuries to see them, but how about them youngsters!
dteowner is offline

dteowner

dteowner's Avatar
Shoegazer

#31

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Indiana, USA
Posts: 11,197

Default 

November 24th, 2010, 00:16
And we are grateful for your excellent work.
enodenroH is offline

enodenroH

enodenroH's Avatar
There is no spoon

#32

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Icewind Dale.
Posts: 401

Default 

November 24th, 2010, 13:20
Ah, good.

“ Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.“ (E.F.Schumacher, Economist, Source)
Alrik Fassbauer is offline

Alrik Fassbauer

Alrik Fassbauer's Avatar
TL;DR

#33

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Old Europe
Posts: 15,607

Default 

December 10th, 2010, 15:44
I run a bicycling board based in the USA.

What I did was put a required question in the sign up process. If they do not answer it correctly they can't sign up.

All bicyclists in the USA know who Lance Armstrong is so my question is:

What is Lances last name?

Its been 2 years now and not a single spammer has signed up.

The question doesn't have to be hard at all.

For here perhaps have: What does RPG stand for?
Toff is offline

Toff

Toff's Avatar
Sentinel

#34

Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Houston Texas
Posts: 406

Default 

December 10th, 2010, 15:56
Originally Posted by Toff View Post
For here perhaps have: What does RPG stand for?
That is a good one because the non-gaming people are most likely to come up with Rocket Propelled Grenade.
BillSeurer is offline

BillSeurer

BillSeurer's Avatar
Eternal Supreme Dictator

#35

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Minnesota, USA
Posts: 1,725

Default 

December 10th, 2010, 16:22
That's actually what Myrthos added to our registration. I hate to mention the actual questions being used, but suffice to say that anyone that's ever played an RPG can easily answer them.

Sorry. No pearls of wisdom in this oyster.
Dallas Cowboys: *sigh* / / Detroit Red Wings: Took injuries to see them, but how about them youngsters!
dteowner is offline

dteowner

dteowner's Avatar
Shoegazer

#36

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Indiana, USA
Posts: 11,197

Default 

December 13th, 2010, 13:10
Originally Posted by Toff View Post
What I did was put a required question in the sign up process. If they do not answer it correctly they can't sign up.

All bicyclists in the USA know who Lance Armstrong is so my question is:

What is Lances last name?

Its been 2 years now and not a single spammer has signed up.

The question doesn't have to be hard at all.
If it was a French bsed biking forum, then the question that's not really hard at all would probably be :

"What kind of doping has Mr. Armstrong been accused of ?"

Now that would be a question *everyone* here in Europe would be able to answer … *evil grin*

“ Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.“ (E.F.Schumacher, Economist, Source)
Alrik Fassbauer is offline

Alrik Fassbauer

Alrik Fassbauer's Avatar
TL;DR

#37

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Old Europe
Posts: 15,607

Default 

December 13th, 2010, 13:57
I wonder what the Spanish would say?
Toff is offline

Toff

Toff's Avatar
Sentinel

#38

Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Houston Texas
Posts: 406

Default 

December 13th, 2010, 14:49
Originally Posted by Toff View Post
The question doesn't have to be hard at all.
Who's Armstrong?

And btw, I am selling these fine leather jackets.

Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind. - John F Kennedy
An eye for an eye, and soon the whole world is blind. - Mahatma Gandhi
The world is my country. To do good is my religion. My mind is my own church. This simple creed is all we need to enjoy peace on earth. - Thomas Paine
JemyM is offline

JemyM

JemyM's Avatar
Okay, now roll sanity.

#39

Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 6,018
Send a message via ICQ to JemyM Send a message via MSN to JemyM

Default 

January 26th, 2011, 07:06
Captcha no longer seems to be any defence at all.
DS forum had ~1000 members on January 1st and 2 900 spambots have registered in the three weeks since. I could cry.
The only laugh I get from these spambots, a bunch of them are constantly trying to post and don't realise they were banned months ago.
I wish I could ask a simple question for new registrations, eg "Are you a person?", but MOD powers are very limited on that board. (btw it is a Russian board….lol)
VET is offline

VET

VET's Avatar
Witcher

#40

Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Australia
Posts: 59
RPGWatch Forums » General Forums » RPGWatch » A few remarks about spamming bots …
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT +2. The time now is 22:56.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright by RPGWatch