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forum spam?

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:18 am
by Ceramic
i'm used to visit here once a day,maybe 2-3times,check new posts and see about half a page,maybe 1-2 pages at max.

today i click new posts button - 35 pages :twitch: 8-O

some robots reg'ed last night? :lol:

Re: forum spam?

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:13 pm
by SexySurgical
I will get back on this shortly. Just removed 988 threads of spam, some of more than 1 reply. We had a handful of spambot all using outlook.com email addresses posting ~170 threads & replies...

Re: forum spam?

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:20 pm
by SexySurgical
Subject: spam wave: handfull bots doing ~170 replies: short term considerations
SexySurgical wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:18 pm
Thanks for all the reporting throughout the weeks.

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Re: forum spam?

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:27 pm
by Ceramic
thats some attack...who the hell is that bored :|

Re: forum spam?

Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:54 am
by SexySurgical
These are simply autonomous programs probably working from infected computers.

Why much of the spam is badly written: I'm guessing laziness and 2nd language that doesn't matter anyway since more 'incoming' links (links from all over pointing to your website) will make your site rank higher in search engines. 4

I was under the impression this incoming links nonsense had been curbed years ago by Google, but could be for other engines, or these bots are quite literally zombies that haven't had human involvement for years.
Ceramic wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:27 pm
thats some attack...who the hell is that bored :|