[geeklog-devel] [geeklog-spam] Many new users ...

Dirk Haun dirk at haun-online.de
Sat Feb 18 13:26:40 EST 2012

> Just a quick note: I've noticed a suspicious wave of new account signups on geeklog.net.

Turns out there's a site selling instructions on how to create backlinks by setting up fake profiles on sites with PR 5 or higher, and one of the sites listed in those instructions is geeklog.net

I've looked at the logfiles and from what I can see all the fake accounts that have been created were done by human labour, not by bots. I've caught one IP address from the Philippines in the act of creating new profiles, for example. My guess is that this is done through "micro outsourcing", i.e. pay some poor soul in a 3rd world country a few dollars to work their way through the instructions on how to set up a fake profile on geeklog.net (and a bunch of other sites).

That also explains the variety in IP addresses, browsers used, and other indicators. Nothing there that can be blocked easily :-/

bye, Dirk

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