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The spambot report thread
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MrFlibble
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 11:53 am     Post subject: The spambot report thread Reply with quote

Since no one objected to the idea of having a spambot report thread, I decided that it would be more effective that using the PM system to report bots.

So here's the first one:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20237

Bot profile:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13044

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I'm going to edit posts as I process them. I'll stick a tag below the post stating the status of the message (whether it's been deleted, or the user is pending deletion based on their next post, etc.)
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 12:22 pm     Post subject: Re: The spambot report thread Reply with quote

MrFlibble wrote:
Since no one objected to the idea of having a spambot report thread, I decided that it would be more effective that using the PM system to report bots.

So here's the first one:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20237

Bot profile:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13044


I like this idea.

The post has been removed and I've banned the account.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 8:01 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

It'd be nicer if we had a newer version of PHPBB2 with Spam Bot reporting features Wink

Me -> Slap <- emmzee
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:36 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

To be fair, the forums where I picked the report spambot thread idea encourage the users to employ all methods: report via PM, report in threads and report with the report post function (which they do have). Apparently they have spambot "invasions" every now and then and try to have everything covered just in case.

[Edit] Also please remove this:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=120448#120448

Bot profile:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13039
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 6:08 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a spambot apparently, but this user's advertising what seems like an MMORPG website:
http://dosgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20232

[Edit] More spam:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20244
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 4:01 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

More spam:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20250
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:28 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for keeping up on this, MrFlibble. I've added some new terms to the spam list so hopefully it nips some of these posts in the bud.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:07 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

This thread seems to attract spambots, better lock it up I guess:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9320

[Edit] Same bot also posted here:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=120611#120611
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:25 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

More spam:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20267 [Thread removed]
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20266 [Thread removed]
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=120669#120669 [Post removed. Will keep an eye out on the poster.]
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:35 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm out of bandwidth for another few days and it's a pain in the butt to manage these on my phone. I'll hopefully clean these up on Wednesday or Thursday.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:55 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Done deal. I also added the root of the URL to the spam words list.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:59 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 12:48 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.dosgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20278 [Thread removed]
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:52 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like somebody beat me to it this time haha.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 6:08 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's another spambot:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13019

At first it made a number of innocuously looking messages, then waited for a while and edited them to insert links.

[Banned user: analivia]
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 12:22 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

I wondered what the payoff for that one was going to be, assumed it was just racking up post count. That's more clever than I'd heard a bot being, but makes sense. Creative at least, as irritating as it is.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 1:11 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Spambot design gets very clever sometimes.

One type grabs a random post from another user, then apparently runs it through recursive translation so that the end result looks like a vaguely on topic post by a non-native speaker.

When I encountered a bot of this type for the first time, I even had doubts that it was a bot (it also did not leave a link anywhere at first). But luckily it chose to "borrow" a post from a user who would leave her signature right in the post. Of course the recursive translation did not affect the name in the signature, and this was a straight giveaway that something was fishy Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 8:21 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to note, I've been editing your posts in here MrFlibble with the actions that I've taken.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:16 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Understood, thanks!

Here's a few more 'bots though:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13053
[Banned user: Emma11]
[Removed post by user.]

http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13015
[Deleted post. Looks fishy, but there's no link on it and the post somewhat makes sense in context with the rest of the thread.]
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:30 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Another bot, an obvious one this time:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13074

It just copies parts of other user's posts in the same thread.
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