I hope this isn't the daily routine, and I'm sure you do too. :-)
Ut Oh. I spoke too soon. It looks like they are back.
The unfortunate thing is, it took 5 hours to clean it up and they're back and most likely they will be back tomorrow so basically, now the site is a BRICK.
Yes this isn't fun but they're not really gaining anything as we're removing it all. It's a waste of their time.
We will prevail!
MarkEX Community Manager
they aren't advertising so they aren't here to advertise. if they are attempting to keep us from helping people quit smoking, THEY'RE ACCOMPLISHING IT.
Perhaps they're employed by big tobacco, scared of success and losing profits!
My hope is that no one gets discouraged and decides not to come back out of fear of a virus.
Some are advertising fake diplomas still not sure why they would bring that here. My phone translated them and alot of the have "get your fake diploma now" from this university blah blah
Which is so frustrating!
jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007 wrote: they aren't advertising so they aren't here to advertise. if they are attempting to keep us from helping people quit smoking, THEY'RE ACCOMPLISHING IT.
It is advertising. They're advertising websites, twitter/instagram accounts, Universities, etc. Unfortunately the by-product is clogging up people getting support. They probably don't even realize what they're doing. They've been employed by different companies to advertise and link around the web but the problem is there aren't really any links so they're not really being effective at what they're doing. And whomever is paying them is not getting what they're probably paying for.
Thank you Mark for taking care of this mess. They won't deter me, I need this site and look forward to its return!
Thanks Mark , the Spammers may not be gaining anything and it may be a waste of their time but it looks like they have nothing better to do with their time, I just hope our new and struggling quitters don't get frustrated and leave or worse use it for an excuse to relapse so Lord willing this will get figured out because it's definitely frustrating.
Yeah. Definitely don't want people smoking over this or not joining because of it. I'm cleaning it as fast as I can. Spam is a fact of the online world. There will always be people employed to do it. They're probably getting paid whether it stays up or not.
I know that you and your team are doing everything you can to clean up the spam and keep it at bay !Mark and I thank you .
No Spam Here
Just found this and thought it interesting. Don't know if it's the case here, but sure is an eye opener.
Malicious PHP Scripts on the Rise - Webroot Threat Blog
Definitely a spam bot attack. The messages being posted translate to, for example:
"Samsung Massage 24 hours OPEN Samsung Massage "o1o-2816-2526" Yo Samsung Massage Center Samsung Massage Massage Massage Massage Massage Massage Massage Massage Massage Massage Massage Massage Massage Massage Massage Massage Massage"
The user names do seem to be random enough that they're computer generated. And obviously, the messages are meaningless!
Thank you Mark and the tech team for getting rid of the Spammers so quickly.
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