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a1Jim

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04-18-2013 10:53 PM

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As some one who true to great all new members I notice 20- 40 new members a day but the last few days there has been a big increase in new members as many as one new member every 30 seconds and perhaps 200 plus members since midnight. This makes me feel like someone has developed some kind of soft ware that keeps adding new members. I’m just puzzled why someone would want to do this? I don’t see how this hurts anyone but it just seems strange. Anyone have any ideas why someone would want to do this ?

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jaykaypur

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#1 posted 04-18-2013 10:57 PM

because they have nothing better to do!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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stefang

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#2 posted 04-18-2013 10:59 PM

I don’t have a clue Jim, but it is a very good question. I suggest you take it further to Martin or Debbie.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Handtooler

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#3 posted 04-18-2013 11:06 PM

Perhaps they think it is doing a great deed in that it will increase advertising partisipation seeing the numbers that are seeing whats out there, and help Martin and Debbie pay for this wonderful web site.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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#4 posted 04-18-2013 11:08 PM

I have recruted at least three new members over the last few months, but that doesnt explain two hundred in twenty four hours so I am at a loss.

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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#5 posted 04-18-2013 11:17 PM

The “auto-bots” are winning!

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#6 posted 04-18-2013 11:20 PM

Sounds like someone is creating bots that will either post marketing or advertisements or will rip content from the site and create robot sites that will come up in google searches and steal traffic for ad-hits..

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 04-18-2013 11:26 PM

I don’t know but they are coming about ever 2-4 minutes and they have no location or nothing about themselves. Maybe Martin or someone smart on computers can see if they originate from a common source.
Sounds fishy to me! I have not got a clue because they are not advertising stuff like the scammers do!!
............Good find, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 04-18-2013 11:36 PM

I have no idea, but it will surely test your resolve to greet and welcome all of them.;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 04-18-2013 11:50 PM

Also, if you look, the names make no sense at all. It must be somebody running a bot of some sort.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#10 posted 04-18-2013 11:54 PM

The integrity of the membership count went out the window a long time ago Jim.
Pages 17-20 of the most recent Jocks is a pharmacy full of “Woodworkers” with names like “Flexeril CVS Price Online. Buy Cheap Flexeril at CVS Pharmacy”...
Look at some of the most recent names, like “whimtanondows” or “phensubfstinwe”!
It is a free site. Unfortunately, that means some people feel free to corrupt it… :-(

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#11 posted 04-18-2013 11:59 PM

What you’re seeing are called “registration bots”.

It’s all automated. Tools like xrumer are built, and sold, and contain the ability to exploit software with known vulnerabilities. Anyone can buy it and after setting it up it’s more or less fire and forget. It goes to every forum in its list and tries to spam it to the best of its ability. Just due to brute force it is successful and worth it for the spammers. That’s why they never stop. They barely have to lift a finger for it to work.

So many reasons and scripts behind the “auto register” bots, it’s hard to narrow down the specific reasons why LJs is loaded onto these lists.

But here ya have it.

Below is a typical question from a spammer on a supporting “bot” web site.
It is very telling as to some reasons thousands of spammers use these Bots:

”i’m just in the process of making a auto forum register bot , looking for poeple to help me code it up, i’m just starting on it now, if any one whould like to help in the coding and testing let me no here

the bot will be based around a php/curl script that will run on a existing website tricking unsupecting users to to fill in a capthca string, then store the resulting registered account in either a dtatabase or txt file for latter use in a auto forum poster (seperate project)

the plan is to:

1: a user comes onto a site and hits a enter page, could be a porn site or other site that has a small stream of traffic

2: we say enter the capthca image string in order to countiune on to view whatever it is they looking for

the script behind the scenes

1: the script opns a curl seesion and extracts a capthca image for the forum sign up page and passes to the index page the surfer has enter

2: when the user inputs the capthca string to view porn etc, the script sends them into the next page, but also sends the details to a forum with the capthca string to sign up for a new account

3: the new register account for a forum is recorded in a database or txt file for latter use

other things that might be needed

we need to have a big list of forums and also a bunch of emails to use and most forums only allow one email per account, we will also have to maunly log into these email accounts in the future to click any verify links to activate the account(s)

maybe it might be a good idea to use this concept to fisrt register lot of emails extracting the capthca string from email sign up pages to get users to create emails for use, or even randomize it so sometimes users loking on our porn site enter page are enter capthca from email sign up pages then forum sign up pages

anyone got any feedback or willing to help let us no about it”

-- Just a man and his opinion.

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b2rtch

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#12 posted 04-19-2013 12:21 AM

Put the site down by overwhelming our servers

-- Bert

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woodbutcherbynight

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#13 posted 04-19-2013 01:19 AM

I used to complain about telemarketers, as predicted it got worse. (laughing) Go figure huh?

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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RustyL

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#14 posted 04-19-2013 01:20 AM

Really bad recently. It’s been a long time since I signed up so I don’t remember the process but I did have to wait awhile because the site wasn’t accepting new guests.

Can our web guru set up one of those human readable / graphic pass-codes that has to be entered to procede to the registration page? I’m sure you have all seen these things.

We need some help here.

-- Don't apprentice under anyone with less than ten fingers.

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Karson

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#15 posted 04-19-2013 03:03 AM

Jim: I think we are about to be hit with a lot of spam. Some of the names are Viagra-online and other line ones.

Maybe we can get all of these deleted before that kicks in.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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