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First Trump now TapeOp (Russian Interference)

Post by markjazzbassist » Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:46 am

What the hell is going on lately with all the russian spam bots? Why is this little community being targeted? Surely there are bigger fish out there that they could mess with.

Just wanted to say thank you to the MOds for dealing with all this BS.

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Re: First Trump now TapeOp (Russian Interference)

Post by kslight » Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:41 am

Is there a way to attach an authentication system when creating an account, like captcha? Or preventing new accounts from making new threads? I thought TOMB had a secret handshake...

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Re: First Trump now TapeOp (Russian Interference)

Post by vvv » Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:28 am

They mighta got it from Wikileaks ... :twisted:
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Re: First Trump now TapeOp (Russian Interference)

Post by markjazzbassist » Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:37 am

vvv wrote:
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They mighta got it from Wikileaks ... :twisted:
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Re: First Trump now TapeOp (Russian Interference)

Post by tomb » Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:40 pm

I have turned off user registration via email confirmation to try and fight this.

This means I'm now looking at every user registration.

There are various authentication means(capcha, etc.), most are circumventable by bots.

As a starting point, I changed the question asked when registering.

I guess verifying users beats constantly banning and deleting posts :high:

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Re: First Trump now TapeOp (Russian Interference)

Post by markjazzbassist » Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:07 am

thank you! yet another reason this is such a great forum :)

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Re: First Trump now TapeOp (Russian Interference)

Post by Nick Sevilla » Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:44 am

tomb wrote:
Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:40 pm
I have turned off user registration via email confirmation to try and fight this.

This means I'm now looking at every user registration.

There are various authentication means(capcha, etc.), most are circumventable by bots.

As a starting point, I changed the question asked when registering.

I guess verifying users beats constantly banning and deleting posts :high:
Yes, we need human oversight on this, at least for the time being. Thanks for such a wonderful job!!!
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Re: First Trump now TapeOp (Russian Interference)

Post by jimjazzdad » Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:44 am

Thanks for the vigilance. I must confess I don't understand what all these spambots aim to achieve, since the ad posts only serve to annoy and would never convince anyone to buy, reply, or otherwise acknowledge them...
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Re: First Trump now TapeOp (Russian Interference)

Post by tomb » Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:40 am

And for those of you keeping score at home, the new oversight has stemmed the flood of new user registrations, all the new spam messages are by those previously registered.

Carry on....

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Re: First Trump now TapeOp (Russian Interference)

Post by Nick Sevilla » Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:45 am

jimjazzdad wrote:
Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:44 am
Thanks for the vigilance. I must confess I don't understand what all these spambots aim to achieve, since the ad posts only serve to annoy and would never convince anyone to buy, reply, or otherwise acknowledge them...
These bots are most likely "phishing" bots. When you click on their link, you go to one other their websites. Which is full of hacking software, and can do all sorts of damage, from installing malware, spyware, etc.

Best to never click on their lists. Unless you want to torch your computer and get a new one.
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Re: First Trump now TapeOp (Russian Interference)

Post by emrr » Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:09 pm

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