Here’s a new type of spam or spoof that’s come up from leaving Youtube comments. They want you to use the Telegram app to contact them to get a prize or something else. It all looks very suspicious. The IP is indeed from Google, and it looks pretty legit, but don’t contact them.
Youtube spoof using the Telegram app, after you leave a Youtube comment. Photo 1.
Youtube spoof using the Telegram app, after you leave a Youtube comment. Photo 2.
Youtube spoof using the Telegram app, after you leave a Youtube comment. Photo 3.
I’m getting these fake DMCA infringement notices asking me to download some random file. Two are from a US accounting firm and one is from Netsuite. They stink to high heaven of scam. Do not click and download their link. It is probably a virus of some kind. Going through some of my websites as comments is new, but the methods are old.
I’ll probably add more as they come in. So far from: Mailchimp.com, intuit.com, zoho.com, netsuite, xero, freshbooks.com
This image was banned on 2 QQ (Chinese) social media forums. This is a label from a carton of 30 Burnbrae large eggs, made in the USA. Photo 1 by Don Tai
I do not intend to be subversive on Chinese social media, nor very political. I also do stay away from sensitive issues on QQ, a Chinese social media messaging and forum site. This image ban, however, really took me by surprise. I teach some English on the Chinese forums, so I thought I’d show them a typical Canadian product label in English and French. I tried 3 times, and the QQ bot banned me all three times from posting to 2 separate QQ forums. Very odd.
Humans are slow and somewhat unpredictable, at least compared to a bot scraping this web site. I actually like that. After all, my posts are meant to be read by humans and not bots. I welcome bots only if they provide a route for humans to my site, such as search engines. For all other bots, known and unknown intent, you will receive a 403 if I can help it.
Recently I have been observing a different WordPress spam technique that uses WP trackbacks. This technique has some interesting characteristics that are unlike other types of spam, so my usual clues as to origin and banning method did not work. Fortunately this technique also has some unique characteristics that can be used to ban them. Fortunately.
When one WP site links to another WP site, the WP sites communicate with each other using a method called trackbacks. The first site sends a trackback request to the second site. The second site posts the trackback as a special comment, which invites the user to click through to the first site. These trackbacks are automated, making it convenient for both sites.
18.104.22.168 24/Aug/2018:21:04:47 to 24/Aug/2018:21:21:05 You attempted 434 login attempts. I see you. I know when you visited and that you are trying to break into my site. You have been logged and sent packing with 403s. I have 2,425 of your header logs. Do not do this again.
22.214.171.124 – 126.96.36.199
org-name: Webmaster Agency Ltd
person: Dmitry V. Volkov
address: REALTY.RU LTD
address: 1, Kurchatov Sq.
address: 107005, Moscow
When someone, such as a person or a bot, the requester, requests a resource from your server, this request, for Apache, is logged in the raw access log. The requester also leaves some information about itself called http request headers. While not standard to log on Apache, with a little bit of php added to the html, this extra information can be logged and examined to help determine if the requester is a bot or human.
As an additional file will be created daily, I opted to put these files into a subdirectory. The headers, one per line, are being logged into a headers-yyyymmdd.log file, which seems free form. Different requesters leave different sets of headers.
I received this message on my site which on the surface looked like a human. Though they had grammar errors there was enough there to pass. With further analysis I believe this to be a bot.
hey hai this is ashok , i have lg optimusp768 with rooted, unlocked bootloader and also cwm , but i cant find custom roms any wheere please prepare one custom rom , or atleast one stock rom with more features
The comment was on topic. The English, which had grammar and spelling mistakes, was passable.
Hacked By An0n 3xPloiTeR And 8B0K3N H34R7 Team Pak Cyber Ghosts [P.C.G], main message screen with running footer 1
This hack suspended the hosting account and the web site as a malware infected account. The hack set up a malware attack for anyone who visited the site, specifically targeting Windows. I am still trying to figure out how they got in, This is a Pakistani-based attack, or so their message says. I’ll try to document as much as I can to help others in the same situation.
A dear friend uses Feedly to monitor my site. He complained that he was getting 403s Banned, and asked why. Well, I have found that Feedly usually only takes my RSS feed, but sometimes, not often, it scrapes me mercilessly. Once I see a bot start scraping, I ban it. I moved him over to the more well behaved Feedburner by Google.
Here are the Feedly user agents:
Feedly/1.0 (+http://www.feedly.com/fetcher.html; like FeedFetcher-Google)
The latter, FeedlyBot, runs off WZComm, and had previously scraped me, so I banned it. WZComm also runs the surdotly bot, which is also banned. The former, Feedly/1.0, runs off Level 3, and seems well behaved.