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#1 2018-11-23 8:33 pm

Steve Goodey
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Registered: 2018-01-06
Posts: 4

New spammer tactic?

Hello,

I don't know if anyone else has noticed what I think is a new spammer tactic.

On a forum that I'm a moderator of, it recently had two users register and post relevant questions/comments. After a period the users would then return to the forum and edit their posts and add software download links. As the questions/comments were relevant it took a while for the moderators to spot what was going on. Removing the links then caused the posters to add them back in at a later date.

Checking the usernames on google showed a lot of forums where the same spamming had happened and not been caught.

The spammers seem to have spent a bit of time doing homework on the type of typical content posted, mimicking it then adding links so that the posts don't get deleted straight away.

Steve.

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#2 2018-11-24 12:19 am

Alex Kemp
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From: Nottingham, England
Registered: 2009-12-02
Posts: 1,988
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Re: New spammer tactic?

Sorry Steve, but that is as old as spam is; natural deception technique.

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#3 2018-11-24 1:27 am

sklerder
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Registered: 2012-10-11
Posts: 310
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Re: New spammer tactic?

Hi.

A good strategy is to have a group dedicated to new members, this group not having rights to add links.

Checking the usernames on google showed a lot of forums where the same spamming had happened and not been caught.

Checking spammers against the username is not a good practice, usernames are nowhere unique (would it be Internet or elsewhere)  smile

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#4 2018-11-24 5:17 am

Maikuolan
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From: Perth, Western Australia
Registered: 2011-08-09
Posts: 729
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Re: New spammer tactic?

If you wanted to take a step further: Have it that members aren't allowed to include links in their posts, unless an admin or moderator specifically flags their account as being allowed to include links in their posts (e.g., don't render, and silently filter out links, if a member doesn't have permission to include links in their posts). No idea whether you could do such a thing with the software that you're using, but if you can, could be worth a try.


phpMussel file upload protection (v1.7.0, 2018.10.20).
CIDRAM IP blocker (v1.8.0, 2018.10.06).
SFS Mass IP Checker (v0.1.3, 2016.09.10).
IPv4+IPv6 IP/CIDR Aggregator (v1.1.0, 2017.10.29).

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