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Title: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: Michael Chandra on (18:13:34/06-06-18)
Spotted this group of 6 in the online list, their profiles appear to be spam.
https://forums.shadowruntabletop.com/index.php?action=profile;u=140003
https://forums.shadowruntabletop.com/index.php?action=profile;u=142535
https://forums.shadowruntabletop.com/index.php?action=profile;u=142549
https://forums.shadowruntabletop.com/index.php?action=profile;u=140096
https://forums.shadowruntabletop.com/index.php?action=profile;u=140087
https://forums.shadowruntabletop.com/index.php?action=profile;u=140098

Edit: Spotted more just now. So we have the following IDs, sorted by id, including previous ones:
- 140003
- 140087
- 140096
- 140098
- 142549
- 142535
- 142754
- 145083

And there's a whole bunch more, such as 140100, but that one wasn't online.
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: Fedifensor on (14:36:08/09-15-18)
Looks like someone else wants to simulate the Neo-Tokyo spam zone...


https://forums.shadowruntabletop.com/index.php?action=profile;u=149979
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: AJCarrington on (17:02:02/09-15-18)
It is VERY frustrating  >:(
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: FastJack on (19:51:00/09-15-18)
I've been banning and deleting spam accounts as they come in, and if there's more than one on an IP, I've been banning the IP (unless there's a valid account on the IP).

The only thing I think we can do to prevent spammers is turning on the Moderator Approval on new accounts. It would me we'd need to monitor the list as people register and verify them before allowing them to post.
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: FastJack on (19:52:57/09-15-18)
And, the reason I delete the accounts is because (like in the case of ol' Herbert today), you can check off to delete all the posts with the account. Good ol' Herbert created 22 pages of posts before he was shut down.
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: AJCarrington on (20:00:44/09-15-18)
He was very “active”... ::)
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: Marcus on (20:19:25/09-15-18)
I'm guessing the kill it with fire button is not an option?
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: FastJack on (21:37:49/09-15-18)
I'm guessing the kill it with fire button is not an option?

That's the ban/delete account & posts Napalm attack I've been using.

I also did another harsher purge on the 0 post accounts - removed any that don't have at least one minute of active online time, or they have "fun" links in their profile.
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: Michael Chandra on (04:37:32/09-16-18)
Unfortunately the previous attempt to unleash some Black IC on the forum failed, so we're stuck with Spiders. -_-
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: Jack_Spade on (07:55:37/09-16-18)
Can you shadowban accounts? All these spammers had a yahoo messenger - something I think no normal user here ever displayed. Maybe you could add some automatic solution to catch these spam accounts that way.
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: FastJack on (15:54:03/09-26-18)
Can you shadowban accounts? All these spammers had a yahoo messenger - something I think no normal user here ever displayed. Maybe you could add some automatic solution to catch these spam accounts that way.
Alas, we can only ban on IP Address, Host Name, Email, and User Name.
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: Michael Chandra on (01:04:32/04-01-19)
To necro this: Randomly spotted another. I'm guessing these accounts are trying to get their spam through bots crawling memberlists.

https://forums.shadowruntabletop.com/index.php?action=profile;u=150670
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: FastJack on (08:08:57/04-01-19)
Thanks!
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: Michael Chandra on (01:39:09/05-06-19)
Spotted one attempting to post, I'm guessing the safeguard will block them: https://forums.shadowruntabletop.com/index.php?action=profile;u=151100
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: Michael Chandra on (10:28:46/06-24-19)
https://forums.shadowruntabletop.com/index.php?action=profile;u=151387 trying to post now.
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: FastJack on (10:42:31/06-24-19)
Thanks! I was planning on a search and destroy through the account list in the coming weeks, this motivates to get started sooner than later.
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: Michael Chandra on (11:43:36/07-11-19)

Online Yahoo Instant Messenger - Status of a VIP + 200FS for free AlinaAlurb    17:37:47    Sending a message.
https://forums.shadowruntabletop.com/index.php?action=profile;u=151478
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: FastJack on (13:30:08/07-11-19)
THX
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: Michael Chandra on (09:09:13/07-17-19)
https://forums.shadowruntabletop.com/index.php?action=profile;u=151545
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: AJCarrington on (18:03:05/07-26-19)
Another one:

https://forums.shadowruntabletop.com/index.php?action=profile;u=151589
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: FastJack on (20:35:09/07-26-19)
Yeah, I'm going to do some cleaning this weekend and get rid of a bunch more dubious characters.
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: AJCarrington on (07:47:36/07-27-19)
Wondering if there is a link to the uptake in traffic...more activity on the boards (or more users?) is somehow "monitored" and flagging us for more activity. Might be overthinking this... ???
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: FastJack on (09:15:53/07-27-19)
I've also wondered if there's users/former users that put us on "lists"...
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: adzling on (11:31:30/07-27-19)
remember that total asshole noob who threw a wobbly a while back and then started spamming the boards?

i'd put my money on that dolt
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: duckman on (11:44:37/07-27-19)
It's also completely possible that google or microsoft sold an account list from someone using hotmail or gmail.  That is, after all, how they monetize their free mail services.
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: Singularity on (01:25:17/08-01-19)
I'm not sure if this is the right place for this or not, but I noticed a new user who is only posting links to websites (i.e. not comments, etc., just the links):


https://forums.shadowruntabletop.com/index.php?action=profile;u=151796
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: Michael Chandra on (01:38:35/08-01-19)
You can report individual posts to mods with the report button and the entire staff gets a mail I think.

Edit Incidentally, "spambot" is the first term on my fill suggestions on both laptop and mobile when filling in the reason for the report. Usually I'm too lazy to type the entire phrase and just tap the suggestion. =P
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: FastJack on (08:11:19/08-01-19)
Oh, don't worry, we know what they as soon as we see them.
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: Michael Chandra on (19:34:15/08-08-19)
https://forums.shadowruntabletop.com/index.php?action=profile;u=152043
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: FastJack on (19:39:03/08-08-19)
Thanks!
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: Singularity on (03:55:46/08-09-19)
Let's see if I got it right this time: https://forums.shadowruntabletop.com/index.php?action=profile;u=152053
Title: Re: Group of spam-attempt accounts?
Post by: Michael Chandra on (07:25:24/08-13-19)
https://forums.shadowruntabletop.com/index.php?action=profile;u=151783