You might want to check up on user "Klusner"
Posted 01 June 2011 - 10:10 PM
1. Look at the pattern of posting - his posts really make no sense, but are "in context".. looks like a posting "bot".
2. Every time I go to a thread where he has posted, my browser crashes. This is on my Android using Chrome. Firefox isn't effected as far as I can tell. I'm no IT person but I've heard of recent "worms" being inserted into forums that are destructive, and on at least one other forum, the very first sign of the worm was various user's browsers crashing for no apparent reason. vBulletin is known to be the least "secure" of all the forum software so this "worm" thing is VERY possible.
At the least, I'm betting that this user is a "bot" and soon will start posting spam messages. Most forums require a certain number of posts before you can put in a signature... so most bots post 10-20 seemingly innocuous posts and then they insert a signature that instantly turns all their posts into links to viagra or whatever.
Posted 01 June 2011 - 11:39 PM
Also note that both users have a simple signature (their name). Too much of a coincidence.
I think the forum is being "attacked" by spammers (at best), or some sort of hackers (at worst).
Posted 01 June 2011 - 11:52 PM
Posted 06 June 2011 - 04:02 PM
And I found another:
I also did some research, and this is how these spammers work:
The idea is to get back-links to your website. That's a link from a high-ranking website that links to your website. That increases "SEO" or how high your site ranks when searched with Google. Nowadays, the goal is NOT for "instant clicks" to the website- it's back-links.
How these spammers work is they get a bunch of posts on a forum. Then, a week or more later, they change their signature to include the spam link. By this time, the thread is usually "dead" and nobody on the forum actually reads the original post.
Of course since nobody has read it, nobody reports it as spam! And, the link stays on the forum!
If you look at all 3 of these poster's posts, you'll see that they are sort-of on topic but are obviously written by a "post bot". They also have signatures that include just their username. Everything about these 3 posters is exactly the same. And, down the road, their signatures will become a spam link.
Edit: Looks like Klusner and Aiden Lee are gone. Mods, did they end up having spam links?
Posted 08 June 2011 - 09:51 PM
But I'm RIGHT that his signature is now ... wait for it... A SPAM LINK!!
I reported it, I hope the mods nip this stuff in the bud. It's clear as day when the spambots are posting.
Posted 10 June 2011 - 05:04 AM
Posted 10 June 2011 - 12:58 PM
This board is very highly rate on search engines. So when someone posts spam on this board - if a moderator doesn't catch it, the spam gets rated up there with searches on "parrot biting" and so on... When I was a moderator I spent a lot of time deleting spam from cell phone providers, asian escorts and so on...
I'm confused. So what benefit is obtained by having a signature a spam link?
Because that type of spam is to easy to catch - it gets deleted quickly.
So, just as I stopped moderating, the new thing was to post something relatively close to the topic at hand (usually a cut-and-paste of either a post from another site or a book) and then put the cellphones, asian escorts and so on into a spam link. This resulted in the same type of rating for the post in the search engines. We moderators caught that pretty easily too though - and deleted those posts.
Then for a while spammers started using the Blog portion of BirdBoard (the primary spammers were those selling Jerseys). It takes a while to catch those because not too many people blog on this board (I do - although recently I've fallen off my posts) and the spammers had quite a few posts in that area. They are now gone.
Now, as JeremyG has pointed out, the new thing is to create an account, post something that resembles the topic at hand, and then (in a few days) change the signature link to the spam link. I notice the spam link has now been deleted, but this will be much more difficult for moderators to catch (it is all done "by hand") - at least it was a few months ago.
Spammers are the bane of any board like this and it takes a great membership (reporting posts) and hard working moderators (a volunteer position) to keep a board spam free. That was a good catch JeremyG!
Posted 10 June 2011 - 03:57 PM
Here's another one: ponting28
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