Spam attack on PCA forums

  simonjary 07:14 18 Sep 2012
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As you can see some nasty spamming army has targeted the PC Advisor forums.

We'll raise our anti-spam filters again, and, as soon as we can, clear this rubbish off the forums.

Until then, please post as normal and we ask for your patience as we combat this menace.

Thanks,

Simon Publisher, PC Advisor

  simonjary 08:54 18 Sep 2012

The trouble is that they like us too much!

Spammers generally attack the most popular sites to grab search benefits, even though we no-follow external links on the forums.

It seems to have died down now that the army of spammers are resting and we'll get the filters up again.

S

  Strawballs 14:09 18 Sep 2012

At 22:30 last night I contacted FE during my break at work because there was about 8 on page 1 by the time I got home at around 01:50 it was the 1st 6 pages and some on page 7

  Strawballs 14:12 18 Sep 2012

I don't even like NFL!

  BT 17:09 18 Sep 2012

THEY'RE AT IT AGAIN!!

  chub_tor 17:54 18 Sep 2012

Some of those posts are showing 20plus views, I can only hope that it is the result of PCA tech staff looking at them in order to block them. If not then they have succeeded in their aim.

  woodchip 18:28 18 Sep 2012

Spam Filters up, but not stopping them

  chub_tor 18:48 18 Sep 2012

Chronus Surely their aim is for you to click on any link within the thread? and we have no way of telling if the viewers did so or not. My point is why would anyone even view a post that is obviously spam? Unless of course it is PCA Tech Staff seeing if is a threat or a post that needs to be removed.

  March Hare 19:47 18 Sep 2012

I see it is mostly the same spammers today.

Cannot their membership of PCA Forum be instantly terminated, making it impossible for these morons to post here?

  simonjary 21:34 18 Sep 2012

What they're after is links on a respected site so that Google adds search weight to those links - hence all the keywords stuffed into the threads, plus multiple links.

The thing is that we tell Google to not follow any external links in our forums, expressly to stop this cheating.

Until the development team can aim their big guns at the spammers it's left to us to individually go into each thread, ban the poster, and delete the thread.

The trouble is that the well-armed spammers can just keep attacking. It's either a super-automated spam machine or an army of lowly paid spammers.

Either way it's a tough battle to keep these forums open under such weight of attack.

  mcheathen 23:09 18 Sep 2012

I am not sure if this example is either a 'bad spam attack' or an ad-ware hi-jack of my browser:

on forums such as this I will get certain highlighted words and if you hover over them you will get details of adverts.

If indeed it is ad/spy ware, then how can I get rid of it. I am already using Avast and Spybot search & destroy.

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