WOW just reported and blocked the most aggressive spambot account I've ever seen on the fedi...in one hour after joining its instance it started following all the active local users it could find plus their followers at a rate of several per minute. Then once it was following it auto replied to EVERY POST in its home timeline with cryptocurrency spam!
Besides being an incredibly dick move it also seems incredibly ham-fisted...like I can't think of a better way to announce HEY I'M A SPAMMER REPORT ME
FYI it is @ AidenEd@koyu.space so if you see them just report and block or deny their follow request #FediBlock but I suspect the account will be terminated before too long
@msh I forwarded it to the owner of koyu. They are generally good about this stuff so I have no doubt the bot will be banned soon.
@drwho yep, though I don't recall seeing it being applied so blatantly and aggressively before where they both follow and spam in parallel posting at a rate of almost once per minute right out of the gate with zero effort towards evading detection.
I'm surprised but relieved by the complete lack of sophistication. Still concerned about what happens when they finally learn evasion techniques and hoping #OCap and other measures establish themselves in some way on the fedi.
@msh The lack of sophistication is a winning strategy, though: Spammers that took their time and inserted themselves into fedi culture were identified and blocked the moment they started spamming. It still took a finite amount of time for the reports to come in and the block to come down.
Creating an account and opening up immediately is a better use of that time for them. We used to see the same thing from SMTP spam botnets: Build a network of popped boxes, open fire from just one, lose just that one, start from another.
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