Wiki is getting spammed

Asked by Przemek K. on 2008-03-10

The Ubuntu wiki is getting more spam lately.
See the RecentChanges page and look for massive page attachment addings. All the attachements are similar - files with text and links to porn sites. All are uploaded (mostly) by the same user: Gera76ru.
The spammed pages look like simple user pages. All of them contain russian word "Опишите" ("describe").
I've deleted them, and the attachements, but they keep coming back!
These pages were:
Op75gemm
Sanders11
Gun65rad
Gera76ru
Der74hva3
KennethBaafour
Fra67ysi
Ykh72adr9
Ut72stan3
There might be more of them.
Something should be done about it.
Probably the above mentioned users should be deactivated, deleted or banned.

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Tom Haddon
Solved:
2008-05-15
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2008-05-15
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2008-05-15
Herb McNew (herb) said : #1

Przemysław,

These user accounts have been disabled.

Best Regards,
Herb

Przemek K. (azrael) said : #2

Thanks. I've updated the list of the users (copied it from the linked bug), and I'll keep you informed when these spammers will come back.

Herb McNew (herb) said : #3

Przemyslaw,

The additional accounts you mentioned have been disabled.

Best Regards,
Herb

Przemek K. (azrael) said : #4

Thanks Herb McNew, that solved my question.

Przemek K. (azrael) said : #5

They're back. See https://wiki.ubuntu.com/RecentChanges
I don't know if they're using dynamic IPs, and if they automatically register. They use the same nicks as earlier.

Przemek K. (azrael) said : #6

They're still spamming. Anyone is doing something against it?

Przemek K. (azrael) said : #7

Der74hva3 is still spamming.
Also there is a new spammer: Dzhdiv
His spam is: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/wow_gold

Przemek K. (azrael) said : #8

Another page created by Der74hva3: Fra67ysi

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) said : #9

This question was expired because it remained in the 'Open' state without activity for the last 15 days.

Przemek K. (azrael) said : #10

2 more spam pages/users: Ykh72adr9, Ut72stan3
The old spam pages and users are back too.

Tom Haddon (mthaddon) said : #11

Ykh72adr9, Ut72stan3 and Der74hva3 have been disabled.

Przemek K. (azrael) said : #12

Good. But they're back under a new user: Pet73pas4
The bot uses the same page names as before. (see wiki.ubuntu.com/RecentChanges)
Maybe a captcha should be added to launchpad account registration form?
Also note that deleting a wiki page doesn't delete its attachements. They have to be deleted manually.

Best Tom Haddon (mthaddon) said : #13

Perhaps a fruitless task until we have some better registration process, but I've disabled that user...

Przemek K. (azrael) said : #14

Thanks Tom Haddon, that solved my question.