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Actually I have no moderator functions at all right now.
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Finland on Swineflu.org still has no mod function. 
 
I have been getting slammed over there the past 3 days... has it picked up over here too?  Had almost 20 today.  And almost all of them say UK... one thing... a few of them are not making gibberish names anymore, actually putting a "little" thought into it... but you can tell they are still spammers.
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Check their IPs, Jen - Turboguy clued me into a site called geobyte.com that has an IP address tracker. All the UK ones are actually coming out of Beijing (go figure...). And they're starting to come up with better names here too. I noticed they all use the same operating system - Windows XP.

http://www.geobytes.com/iplocator.htm
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A little after 10pm and we have six people trying to register as new users - all using Windows XP and IE 6, all with IPs showing them as being in Beijing. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the internet in China is pretty heavily restricted, so would an average citizen even be able to get on to AFT? I'm guessing it would prove to be difficult, if not impossible. So how are we getting so many spam messages originating from Beijing and who's giving them the green light? Seems that someone's decided to try and devalue our stock by flooding us with spam about prom dresses, watches, ED medications, and anything else they can think of to dilute the info we're sharing here. 
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Hee hee I nailed the one guy that registered late last night just as he was writing a new thread.
 
His name was 3oogtdfy or something like that.
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Bear in mind young guns, without proof and I.p posted, and where it goes, nada and pure speculation. Although the spam problem here rivals the worst ever seen on a forum, so I doubt it. Any proof and we really have fun.
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Lizzie and justintime now have mod functions to deactivate spammers and delete posts throughout the night, and Carbon as well.  So now you 4 have help, not that you might actually get up at 2am and look in.  If this was a paid spot I would fine your bonuses lol, but watch out for UK spammers.
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    Posted: Today at 6:44pm - IP: 174.139.126.10
Says they are from the UK but they are in the United States, Ohio
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That works out good.  Now we know what to look for.  If their username is jibberish and they're from the UK, get rid of them.  The UK is the trademark to watch for, but don't ban an innocent person if you can help it, but seek and destroy.
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I used up all my free IP address checks on geobyte.com last night (they have a "reasonable use limit" apparently) on unregistered guests, and lo and behold, I found about a third of them were in Beijing. Seems we're attracting an awful lot of attention in China.
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Originally posted by jacksdad jacksdad wrote:

I used up all my free IP address checks on geobyte.com last night (they have a "reasonable use limit" apparently) on unregistered guests, and lo and behold, I found about a third of them were in Beijing. Seems we're attracting an awful lot of attention in China.


LOL I wonder why.

Think they're trying to stifle something?
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Wonder how much jail time we'd be looking at if we lived there? LOL
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LOL like those guys that Mahshadin pointed out getting sent for letting word get out?

I'd only get a couple days and a severe beating.

You're going to the Gulag. Sorry man.
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Not the gulag. I'm too pretty Embarrassed
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    Posted: Today at 8:16pm - IP: 112.90.230.90
Says they are in the UK but they are in China 6 posts same guy
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Persistent, aren't they?
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Hi everyone!

I couldn't help to notice the title of this thread and its content as I have gathered some experience myself when it comes to abuse from Chinese IPs.

In my case it concerns a worldwide P2P-network which the Chinese authorities wants to censor from material they for some reason can't find appropriate. Big%20smile

To make a longer story shorter their goal is to prevent their own Chinese citizens to get in contact with Chinese material (mostly movies) concerning the protests in Beijing 1989. So in effect they are trying to censor what is shared on this network and this is affecting not only the Chinese people but also anyone else interested in the same material.
As a side effect other parts of the network is suffering a little in some aspects as well. This is due to how the network is built and how it works.

Anyway, the second thing I noticed is the date of the first post in this thread which was February 27. By that time 3 persons were already hospitalized because they had been infected by this flu.

The third thing is the response how to deal with the problem, that is blocking large ranges of Chinese IPs and maybe that's exactly what they are after if this is a coordinated spam-attack by Chinese authorities. They simply wants to make sure that non or very few Chinese citizens can visit this site.

Personally I share the conviction that ordinary Chinese people already are blocked to visit this site using normal routes, but maybe some can get around this using programs like TOR and that's what the authorities wants to prevent... maybe.. Censored

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Good post nisse99, and welcome to the forum.  Good to have you here. 

It does in fact seem a little unusual that the spammers seem to be coming from China, although as Jacksdad stated, we may have ruffled a few feathers recently by condemning China for their potential cover-ups, mistreating their citizens regarding internet postings/use during this situation, etc... 

Having said that, we will continue to call China out as much as needed. 

Lastly, we're upgrading the forum over the next few days to enhance the spam/spammer removal - and we're going to step it up a notch on them.  The spamming days will come to an end shortly.

Again, thanks for the post and joining the forum, and I hope you find the site useful.

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Welcome nisse99 Thumbs%20Up
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If you guys would check your Memberlist every day you'd be able to suspend/deactivate before they can post.  I just checked and you've got 12 new users just today so far and you can tell by the gibberish names, United Kingdom, & the Joined & Last Visit dates that they are all spammer.
Spammers almost always have Joined & Last Visit Dates the exact same... like this one:
 
vydfnoued
 
Joined:Today at 10:14am
Last Visit:Today at 10:14am
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