Secret Leeds site quiet?

Got a question about Secret Leeds? Start here
User avatar
mhoulden
PostsCOLON 335
JoinedCOLON Fri 27 Nov, 2009 8:00 pm
LocationCOLON Horsforth
CONTACTCOLON

Re: Secret Leeds site quiet?

Postby mhoulden » Sat 08 Apr, 2017 5:00 pm

The spam is automatically posted using a specialist piece of software. I'm not going to name it because the spammers use it to search for other vulnerable sites. The text is often copied or stolen from books (I translated one of last night's posts and it was from something written for a, er, rather mature audience), although sometimes they generate gibberish using an algorithm called a Markov chain. The purpose of these posts is to make the links appear higher up search results in places like Google so people are more likely to click on them, the logic being that if lots of "people" post links with some particular text, there must be something good there. This is called search engine optimization or SEO. The links are generally fraudulent and often have links to organized crime. I certainly wouldn't follow them. There are certain ISPs that specialize in hosting spam sites like these.

The spammers don't actually come to the site to post; the software does all the work for them and they just have to press a button.

Hopefully this isn't too technical an explanation.
User avatar
blackprince
PostsCOLON 586
JoinedCOLON Tue 04 Sep, 2007 2:10 pm

Re: Secret Leeds site quiet?

Postby blackprince » Sat 08 Apr, 2017 5:20 pm

mhoulden wroteColonThe spam is automatically posted using a specialist piece of software. I'm not going to name it because the spammers use it to search for other vulnerable sites. The text is often copied or stolen from books (I translated one of last night's posts and it was from something written for a, er, rather mature audience), although sometimes they generate gibberish using an algorithm called a Markov chain. The purpose of these posts is to make the links appear higher up search results in places like Google so people are more likely to click on them, the logic being that if lots of "people" post links with some particular text, there must be something good there. This is called search engine optimization or SEO. The links are generally fraudulent and often have links to organized crime. I certainly wouldn't follow them. There are certain ISPs that specialize in hosting spam sites like these.

The spammers don't actually come to the site to post; the software does all the work for them and they just have to press a button.

Hopefully this isn't too technical an explanation.

Thanks for the explanation. It's at the right level for me. I am reasonably up to speed with some aspects of computing which interest me but have gaps in my knowledge about others , such as spam and malware , which don't hold any interest for me and I never needed to learn about professionally. Normally I wouldn't even open an obvious spam message much less follow any links within it.
It used to be said that the statue of the Black Prince had been placed in City Square , near the station, pointing South to tell all the southerners who've just got off the train to b****r off back down south!
jma
PostsCOLON 129
JoinedCOLON Fri 05 Aug, 2016 3:38 pm

Re: Secret Leeds site quiet?

Postby jma » Sun 09 Apr, 2017 9:37 am

I'm a member of another forum which has been through all this. We used to have several members with moderating privileges (including me) specifically to delete spam as soon as it appeared. It's now gone over to a system which requires a new member's first post to be approved by a moderator before the software will allow them to make any more posts. As most of this comes from spambots, they don't even get as far as submitting a post for approval.

Return to





Who is online

Users browsing this forum: 2 and 0 guests