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Posted by on Sep 29th, 2006 1:16:44 pm - Subscribe
Mood: upset
Topic Concerns: Spambots Spamming on Aeonity

Today we had about 150 to 200 accounts created on Aeonity all by a spambot. For those of you who do not know what a spambot is, perhaps we can clear that up for you.

Spambots is a program designed to collect e-mail addresses from the Internet in order to build mailing lists for sending unsolicited e-mail, also known as spam. A spambot is a type of web crawler, that can gather e-mail addresses from Web sites, newsgroups, special-interest group (SIG) postings, and chat-room conversations. Because e-mail addresses have a distinctive format, spambots are easy to write. - wikipedia

Well the spambot that was on Aeonity created nearly 200 accounts and spammed them with ads, redirects to other websites, and even codec installers (spyware). Luckily, Jim / FrosT created a mass remove that helped us take all these spambot created users off of Aeonity.

Whats crazy is that these spambots even created multiple entries, all the entries were redirected to a pornographic movie that required you to install a 'codec' to view. Note this codec is spyware.

Well, thats all the news for today. We will be taking extreme means on our registration / captchas to make sure another instance like this does not happen again.

External Links:
Spambots information on Wikipedia

Our users are our best eyes for noticing things like these, if you see anything out of the ordinary / strange. Please
contact Aeonity right away so that we can look into and resolve the issue.

Posted by anonymous on October 04th, 2006

thanks for watching out for us!

and for every thing you folks do!


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