seems you have been hacked

Guns

ADC
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#3
It's spam. And its dealt with. Every ******* night by me prior to going to bed. Do I get thanks, like say a mug - do I ****. I do it for the love.
 
#6
It's spam. And its dealt with. Every ******* night by me prior to going to bed. Do I get thanks, like say a mug - do I ****. I do it for the love.
Guns - I had wondered who had the job of cleaning all that crap out of the forum. Now that I know, I do thank you. I would send you a mug as a gesture of thanks but it appears that @Sam The Bam has already sent you a nice virtual mug for you to drink virtual tea out of.

Just curious, do you or anyone out there have any idea why we get buried with this stuff. Clearly we are a primarily an English speaking forum. Why would they keep posting ads that appear to be for forged academic credentials, on an English forum, in their heathen gibberish. Makes no sense to me at all.
 

Guns

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#7
The spam factories have hundreds of people just doing Google searches to keywords and then hammering the Top 100 sites. Once they think they have a lead they pass it on for more spamming. It's easy because even those spammers that are real people are paid nothing or less and so it only takes one or two take ups to have success.

We get two types - first is the classic spam where they push out rubbish. The other is the random "1" in a thread. These people are creating accounts that are live to sell on. I like hoofing those best because someone is looking to make money on those and if they have sold it on and it is no longer active they may need to explain to the seller....
 
#9
It's spam. And its dealt with. Every ******* night by me prior to going to bed. Do I get thanks, like say a mug - do I ****. I do it for the love.
Thanks for your hard work, as a reward, I will send you a degree from an institution of your choice. Please PM me your address, and banking details, I will send your degree by mail.
 
#10
We get two types - first is the classic spam where they push out rubbish. The other is the random "1" in a thread. These people are creating accounts that are live to sell on. I like hoofing those best because someone is looking to make money on those and if they have sold it on and it is no longer active they may need to explain to the seller....
Thanks, now I know what those are about. Learn something new every day. Even old goats can learn!
 
#12
I'm no expert (no sh1t) but wouldn't it be possible for these hits to just get redirected to one of the more esoteric bits of the forum? Gingers I Would or similar.
 
#17
It's spam. And its dealt with. Every ******* night by me prior to going to bed. Do I get thanks, like say a mug - do I ****. I do it for the love.
You'll be wanting a medal and a safe space to cry ....
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
#18
I does seem to appear overnight in the UK so I spam a few each morning!
 
#19
Thanks, now I know what those are about. Learn something new every day. Even old goats can learn!
The pattern appears to be that a new account is created and then the spam posting starts by using the new account to post random numbers in successive posts into an existing thread. I suspect this is used to build up a posting history before starting new threads. I don't know if ARRSE enforces a rule like that, but many forums require that new members post a certain number of times in existing threads before they are allowed to start a new one of their own and the spammers will be following an SOP.

With the posting history established the spam account will then start new threads with text in Chinese characters and the name of a western English language university. I noticed that Canadian and Australian universities are frequently mentioned.

The intention is likely to try to make the spammer's web site rank more highly in Google by creating numerous references to it in long established web sites. Search engines typically rank a web site more highly if there are references to it in other "reputable" web sites, where being long established and constantly active count towards giving a good reputation.

The ultimate goal is to direct more traffic to the spammer's own web site by making it rank higher in search engines. Presumably they are making money by displaying ads on web pages to Chinese students who are trying to find information about foreign universities that they would like to attend.

The spammers are undoubtedly spamming large numbers of forums with identical posts shotgun style. The mods will clear them out, but they only need to stay long enough for Google (and other search engines) to notice them and give them a "bump" upwards in search rankings. It's all a numbers game. The spammers themselves might not be the owners of the web site they are promoting, they might be getting paid for their work, possibly by getting a cut of the ad revenue.

I suspect the spamming is all automated using scripts. It is possible though that the account sign-up might be manual as the user names seem to be quite heavy on the use of "q" and "w". That however might just be an artefact of whatever algorithm they are using to create new user names. ARRSE uses "Xenforo" forum software. The spammers are likely targeting loads of other forums which also use the same software so they can use the same spam scripts on all of them.

For amusement the other night I wrote a proof of concept script which would "scrape" the "new posts" web page and detect when a new spam "run" had started by looking for an excessive number of non-English characters in the title and summary. It seemed to work pretty well, although it just tells you the spammers have started and doesn't on its own do anything to stop them. The spammers are pretty predictable though, which is (among other reasons) why I think they are using scripts.
 
#20
It's spam. And its dealt with. Every ******* night by me prior to going to bed. Do I get thanks, like say a mug - do I ****. I do it for the love.
Have not noticed it before tbh but that no doubt is down to your brave single handed fight with the hoards from the east.
 

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