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Forum Index > News and Announcements > Regarding the Spam Bots
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Krinadon
Level 70
Enchanted Explorer
Site Administrator
Joined: 12/17/2012
Threads: 703
Posts: 10,171
Posted: 5/3/2018 at 3:07 PM Post #1
PSA: If you receive a suspicious PM or IM, please just ignore it and block the sender. DO NOT click the suspicious links, but that should go without saying.


So, I realize that we have been hit with a wave of spam bots and I'd like to announce a few things regarding it.


First, you do not have to send me anymore PMs regarding them. I have already received 50+ PMs and I cannot read through that many realistically. It also looks like at least 1,000 bot accounts were created - so reporting individual ones won't matter. I am going to write a script to find them all.

I do appreciate the reports and heads up though - just simply stating that further reporting them at this time won't make a difference and it will just be easier for me to get through what I need to w/o my inbox imploding. Thank you.


Secondly, I take this as no coincidence that literally 3 days ago a discussion in region chat was taking place (and I am in no way accusing those who were having the discussion) about this very thing how Sylestia has never had this specific issue and - lo and behold - a few days later it happens. I am extremely, extremely disappointed in whoever was behind this. You should be ashamed of yourself and if we ever find out who was responsible, we will look into appropriate actions against you. This constitutes as harassment against Sylestia, a loss of business, and perhaps most importantly - a waste of my time having to not only remove these accounts and what they've done, but also to code in anti-bot mechanics into the site's features.


Lastly, I just want to emphasize to everyone that I will take care of all of this and continue to take responsive/preemptive actions until the issue is fully resolved. So just block/ignore any spam that you receive and I will get rid of it as quickly as I can.

Thank you all for your patience.


Update: All of the bots have been banned and all of their messages removed.
Edited By Krinadon on 5/3/2018 at 4:13 PM.
Kalores
Level 70
The Dreamer
Joined: 8/11/2013
Threads: 89
Posts: 2,893
Posted: 5/3/2018 at 3:10 PM Post #2
Thanks for the swift response, Krin! Good luck in rooting out all of this, and thank you so much for you dedication to Sylesita and all of us players. We really appreciate how safe of a place you make Sylestia for all of us! :)
Ximph
Level 64
The Sweet Tooth
Joined: 11/3/2015
Threads: 15
Posts: 187
Posted: 5/3/2018 at 3:11 PM Post #3
Much appreciated Krin, I apologize for reporting the spam before having read this!! But now that I know, I will be sure and just block further spams.

We appreciate you and your hard work!
Spiritwolfmoon
Level 34
Joined: 2/22/2018
Threads: 78
Posts: 947
Posted: 5/3/2018 at 3:11 PM Post #4
Link: https://www.sylestia.com/forums/?thread=60801&page=1#1
Author: Krinadon
Time Posted: 5/3/2018 at 3:07 PM
PSA: If you receive a suspicious PM or IM, please just ignore it and block the sender. DO NOT click the suspicious links, but that should go without saying.


So, I realize that we have been hit with a wave of spam bots and I'd like to announce a few things regarding it.


First, you do not have to send me anymore PMs regarding them. I have already received 50+ PMs and I cannot read through that many realistically. It also looks like at least 1,000 bot accounts were created - so reporting individual ones won't matter. I am going to write a script to find them all.

I do appreciate the reports and heads up though - just simply stating that further reporting them at this time won't make a difference and it will just be easier for me to get through what I need to w/o my inbox imploding. Thank you.


Secondly, I take this as no coincidence that literally 3 days ago a discussion in region chat was taking place (and I am in no way accusing those who were having the discussion) about this very thing how Sylestia has never had this specific issue and - lo and behold - a few days later it happens. I am extremely, extremely disappointed in whoever was behind this. You should be ashamed of yourself and if we ever find out who was responsible, we will look into appropriate actions against you. This constitutes as harassment against Sylestia, a loss of business, and perhaps most importantly - a waste of my time having to not only remove these accounts and what they've done, but also to code in anti-bot mechanics into the site's features.


Lastly, I just want to emphasize to everyone that I will take care of all of this and continue to take responsive/preemptive actions until the issue is fully resolved. So just block/ignore any spam that you receive and I will get rid of it as quickly as I can.

Thank you all for your patience.


Update: All of the bots have been banned and all of their messages removed.
good timing I just got a spam it sent 3 Times -_-
Sydneylikesnarwhals
Level 33
The Sweet Tooth
Joined: 9/2/2017
Threads: 0
Posts: 13
Posted: 5/3/2018 at 3:12 PM Post #5
I'm glad you're working so hard to fix his issue for us you're the best :)
Cececat7275
Level 61
The Kind-Hearted
Joined: 4/25/2017
Threads: 68
Posts: 993
Posted: 5/3/2018 at 3:13 PM Post #6
Thanks, Krin. I think we all appreciate what you're doing to help the site! My friends and I all got three individual PMs from these "bots". Thanks for helping resolve it. :)
Elleshie
Level 70
Sylestiologist
Joined: 5/20/2013
Threads: 38
Posts: 925
Posted: 5/3/2018 at 3:14 PM Post #7
Almost 1,000?! Wow, I should consider myself lucky that I only got messages from one of them.

Thanks for the heads up, Krinadon, and for everything you do. :)
Maelystra
Level 70
The Tender
Joined: 4/28/2018
Threads: 2
Posts: 13
Posted: 5/3/2018 at 3:18 PM Post #8
I don't envy you the task of coding in the bot-search and destroy measures. Coding gives me migraines just for simple things, let alone something like that. Good luck and good hunting!
Chickie
Level 66
The Kind-Hearted
Joined: 3/8/2015
Threads: 1
Posts: 138
Posted: 5/3/2018 at 3:19 PM Post #9
Wow, thank you for the information Krin. :O
I got three messages today, but I knew it was spam the moment I saw the links.
Starline
Level 65
Warden of Umbra
Joined: 3/14/2016
Threads: 79
Posts: 1,452
Posted: 5/3/2018 at 3:21 PM Post #10
How do you block?
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