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RogerClark
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We have been infiltrated by Bots

Post by RogerClark » Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:31 pm

See

search.php?author_id=1833&sr=posts

At least one user appears to be a bot...

The IP address seem to be in Armenia.

The email address is randomly created gmail address so is meaningless.

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Re: We have been infiltrated by Bots

Post by RogerClark » Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:02 am

I've now banned this user by username, email address and also via IP address.

I've not deleted the posts yet, just so that people can get chance to read them, (not that anything interesting was written by the AI)

If anyone suspects any posts to by a Bot, please let me know

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Re: We have been infiltrated by Bots

Post by dannyf » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:15 am

bots are fairly easy to spot: just look at those "posters" without follow-ups.

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Re: We have been infiltrated by Bots

Post by racemaniac » Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:03 pm

i'm wondering what the goal of those bots is.

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Re: We have been infiltrated by Bots

Post by zoomx » Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:18 pm

Maybe tests. Maybe there is a Neural Network that is trained using forums.

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Re: We have been infiltrated by Bots

Post by mrmonteith » Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:29 pm

I hate to say it but wonder if you need to turn on Captcha verification for posting?

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Re: We have been infiltrated by Bots

Post by RogerClark » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:00 pm

mrmonteith wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:29 pm
I hate to say it but wonder if you need to turn on Captcha verification for posting?
Already tried the standard Captcha and it no longer stops the majority of bots.

I doubt any form of captcha would prevent this, because they are already running an AI system, and someone may be manually doing the registration.

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Re: We have been infiltrated by Bots

Post by mrmonteith » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:25 pm

Already tried the standard Captcha and it no longer stops the majority of bots.

I doubt any form of captcha would prevent this, because they are already running an AI system, and someone may be manually doing the registration.
Lovely. Dang AI.

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Re: We have been infiltrated by Bots

Post by dannyf » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:54 pm

i'm wondering what the goal of those bots is.
most bots are run by the site owners, with the goal to increase traffic.

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Re: We have been infiltrated by Bots

Post by RogerClark » Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:55 am

There seem to be some other members who are only posting responses and not any questions, which seems odd.

I think we will need to start asking people to post to the introductions page before they are allowed to post elsewhere

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