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The spambot report thread

Post by MrFlibble » Wed Aug 27, 2014 11:53 am

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.p ... le&u=13044

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Re: The spambot report thread

Post by wardrich » Wed Aug 27, 2014 12:22 pm

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.p ... le&u=13044
I like this idea.

The post has been removed and I've banned the account.

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Post by Wally » Wed Aug 27, 2014 8:01 pm

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

Me -> :slap: <- emmzee

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Post by MrFlibble » Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:36 am

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 ... 448#120448

Bot profile:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.p ... le&u=13039

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Post by MrFlibble » Sat Aug 30, 2014 6:08 am

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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Post by wardrich » Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:28 pm

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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Post by MrFlibble » Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:07 am

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 ... 611#120611

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Post by wardrich » Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:35 pm

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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Post by wardrich » Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:55 pm

Done deal. I also added the root of the URL to the spam words list.

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Post by MrFlibble » Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:59 am

Thanks!


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Post by wardrich » Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:52 pm

Looks like somebody beat me to it this time haha.

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Post by MrFlibble » Sat Sep 20, 2014 6:08 am

Here's another spambot:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.p ... le&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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Post by Quadko » Sat Sep 20, 2014 12:22 pm

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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Post by MrFlibble » Sat Sep 20, 2014 1:11 pm

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 :)

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Post by wardrich » Sat Sep 20, 2014 8:21 pm

Just to note, I've been editing your posts in here MrFlibble with the actions that I've taken.

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Post by MrFlibble » Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:16 am

Understood, thanks!

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

http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.p ... le&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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Post by MrFlibble » Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:30 am

Another bot, an obvious one this time:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.p ... le&u=13074

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

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