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Re: Bots

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Spirou003 wrote:
Sat Aug 27, 2022 8:33 pm
This is not what I said. I was saying that bots acting on the website, posting commercial bullshit or political propaganda for example, are not visible. This does not imply there's not any there ;)
There are. In fact, in answering a question that Moonshadow posited, I discovered another -- likely benign -- one called "PetalBot", which identified itself in the logs by way of its "User-Agent" tag. That one has been classified, and now appears in the list of known bots.

I also had to step on several spammers today for spewing cr@p that the community never sees because of the restrictions on new registrants. Most spam originated from pernicious bots that are run for profit by various criminal gangs that rent out hijacked computers. Those are the ones that are extremely difficult to ID by assorted fingerprinting tactics. Machines just aren't good at the task. Humans, however, can usually spot one from a mile off and act accordingly.
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Re: Bots

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crfriend wrote:
Sun Aug 28, 2022 1:37 am
Spirou003 wrote:
Sat Aug 27, 2022 8:33 pm
This is not what I said. I was saying that bots acting on the website, posting commercial bullshit or political propaganda for example, are not visible. This does not imply there's not any there ;)
There are. In fact, in answering a question that Moonshadow posited, I discovered another -- likely benign -- one called "PetalBot", which identified itself in the logs by way of its "User-Agent" tag. That one has been classified, and now appears in the list of known bots.

I also had to step on several spammers today for spewing cr@p that the community never sees because of the restrictions on new registrants. Most spam originated from pernicious bots that are run for profit by various criminal gangs that rent out hijacked computers. Those are the ones that are extremely difficult to ID by assorted fingerprinting tactics. Machines just aren't good at the task. Humans, however, can usually spot one from a mile off and act accordingly.
So these malicious bots, the spammers. They just post advertisements for get rich quick schemes??
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Re: Bots

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ScotL wrote:
Sun Aug 28, 2022 11:54 am
So these malicious bots, the spammers. They just post advertisements for get rich quick schemes??
It's the usual panoply of junk of the same type you see cluttering up other places that either tolerate it or can't deal with it. We're no different from any other "target" in their eyes, but since all the burden is on the receiver and none on the transmitter it costs them practically nothing.
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Re: Bots

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crfriend wrote:
Sun Aug 28, 2022 1:25 pm
ScotL wrote:
Sun Aug 28, 2022 11:54 am
So these malicious bots, the spammers. They just post advertisements for get rich quick schemes??
It's the usual panoply of junk of the same type you see cluttering up other places that either tolerate it or can't deal with it. We're no different from any other "target" in their eyes, but since all the burden is on the receiver and none on the transmitter it costs them practically nothing.
Thanks for doing what you do. This site is amazing to help guys realize they are just interested in being comfortable when they have a desire to wear skirts
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