Sudden uptick in potential spam bot accounts

Discussion in 'Site Feedback' started by Kittamaru, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. Kittamaru Now nearly 40 pounds lighter. Staff Member

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    Just a heads up - today alone I caught what appears to be the automated registration of a long string of what would probably wind up being spambot accounts... 21 user accounts all tied to the same IP address, all created within the last week, and all with charactersalad usernames:

    leunperiellka83105
    zileq207793
    ketesz3141
    dopalacz105078
    rapser4798
    dermasel5687
    bubler434999
    wissla127023
    golkip5132
    kombinat454627
    mazepa6012
    pazan48685
    secretmatter29577
    mietek6458794
    oufoo232706
    gorti2953
    Ruoot38748
    walkaofutro8468
    spikir9445
    disko283431
    quenntemr8753

    I am posting this to ask for the communities help in catching these kinds of things - it seems to me that either our automated systems for catching such threats have failed, or that whatever bots are being used have been updated to be able to get around them.

    What drew my eye to this case was the first username showing up in the "Members Online Now" box - it looks... well, honestly, like someone smashed their face on the keyboard a few times. Most of them do.

    Basically, if you see something like that, please feel free to PM a moderator or file a report so we can look into it.

    I've also asked our administrator to look into this to see if anything further can be done.
     

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