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rtb

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346 days ago

Went to membership (jocks) list yesterday to find that someone has been dumping tv episodes etc, pharmacy ads etc for the last several days. there are dozens of them. can this be corrected ?

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JustJoe

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#1 posted 345 days ago

That’s a good question that has been asked, but not answered, in the past:
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/51801

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JoeinGa

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#2 posted 345 days ago

And they’ve started posting the same advertising CRAP under their “workshop” links too!

TAKE A HIKE ferchristssake!

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ChuckV

2376 posts in 2124 days


#3 posted 344 days ago

I know that this type of stuff has been going on for a long time on LJs. But the problem appears to be going to another level. For instance, the most recent such profile is currently the user named
“Purchase Eulexin Generic Without Prescription – Eulexin Buy Online, Order Eulexin Next Day Delivery”

That user ID is probably a hint that this is not someone looking to share his or her passion for woodworking. But what I believe is new behavior is that the link to the user’s home directory redirects to the Dark Side.

For example, my home directory is:
http://lumberjocks.com/ChuckV

The above mentioned user’s home directory is similar but with “eulexinp1a” in place of “ChuckV”. This looks normal. But, following that link goes to the Canadian Drug Store at:
http:\\bestcatabs.com\men%27s-health\eulexin.html
(I flipped the slashes around so this won’t be a valid link.)

I don’t spend much time looking at these bogus profiles, so maybe I am mistaken and this has been happening all along. But it sure seems like such redirection is not healthy for LJs.

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lew

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#4 posted 344 days ago

Here’s why nothing is done:

Great looking stats

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Don W

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#5 posted 344 days ago

just keep flagging and blocking. I’ve flagged and blocked several in the last couple of weeks. At least if they are blocked they can’t hammer my post.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

9575 posts in 1215 days


#6 posted 344 days ago

Man, I need to go welcome them all and drive up my post totals…

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Don W

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#7 posted 344 days ago

make sure you PM them your email address to Smitty.

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ChuckV

2376 posts in 2124 days


#8 posted 344 days ago

I do not know how a profile can be flagged. But, as I describe above, my experience with the recent spam profiles is that I cannot even view them because I am redirected to the Canadian Drug Store!

... nothing against Canada intended.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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JustJoe

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#9 posted 344 days ago

Lew, that is what I suspect too. And I find it sad. I know LJ is free for us and that the ads pay the bills, and the ad revenue is based on traffic. That’s just business on the internet. But it just doesn’t feel right when you know those numbers are so inflated because of obvious spam accounts. Some poor schmuck trying to make a living with a web-store is getting stiffed on his advertising budget. Not all those ads are for Amazon or Rockler. Some are for small sites who probably blow through their monthly quota by the 2nd of the month. If we know it as users, the forum owners have to know it, and google/bing/aol/etc probably know it too with their tracking and analytics.
There are so many security add-ons that would turn the flood of spammers into a trickle, or stop them outright – ranging from captcha’s and IP-banning up to moderator-approval of new accounts.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

9575 posts in 1215 days


#10 posted 344 days ago

Don, that’s crazy talk right there…

It’s a serious problem, don’t mean to make (too much) lite of it, but it’s not being addressed and there’s nothing I feel I can do about it…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Milo

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#11 posted 344 days ago

IP Banning would do the trick.

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JayT

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#12 posted 344 days ago

Captcha was added a couple months ago to try and slow down the spam account creation. Obviously more is needed.

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Brit

5107 posts in 1440 days


#13 posted 344 days ago

Received the following email notification tonight.

Clicked the link to go to my profile to see the comment and got this from McAfee

I now can’t view my own profile on LJs. The spammer goes by the name (on this occasion) of asiruuslp. It seems that McAfee won’t allow me to go to any of the fake posts to flag them, but I was able to go to his profile and block him from doing any further damage.

I strongly suggest anyone reading this does the same before he infects your profile or posts like he has mine.

Hopefully LJs can stop them before they do any more damage. They’ve already infected about 372 profiles/posts.

BLOCK THEM NOW.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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theoldfart

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#14 posted 344 days ago

Blocked ‘em, thanks Andy. Hope the gods fix your stuff.

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ChuckV

2376 posts in 2124 days


#15 posted 344 days ago

Over the past hour, there have been 30 such new profiles. Blocking is futile!

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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