03-30-2012 10:56 AM
Browsing for threads on I2C I found a post that was edited long after it was originally
writen (and responded to) to insert a link to a payday loan lender. Wondering if the
original poster had suddenly turned to a life of crime, I decided to search the forums
for "payday lender" and found two more corrupted posts by different authors. It appears
that someone has hacked into more than one user account - perhaps accounts with
03-30-2012 11:05 AM
We will look into it right away.
Everyone: just because this is a user's forum, I would still encourage you to use a fairly secure password (not 123456, for example!!!!).
And, if you find any spam, please report it right away using hte 'option' 'report abuse' tabs.
Xilinx San Jose
04-03-2012 10:30 AM - edited 04-03-2012 10:30 AM
We have been looking at this in detail over the last few days.
It seems as though there is no 'hacking' going on - but rather, people are entering false posts (often copied from those already on the forums somewhere) and then waiting some number of days before either replacing them completely with a spam post, or including a spam post within it.
We are working to eliminate the ability for people to edit their posts, based on certain criteria.
I will not let you know what those criteria are, as those pesky spammers could be reading this. But they would have to put in a LOT of time and effort to make themselves look like legitimate users. Hopefully, way too much for them to be bothered!
This should be implemented by the end of the week.
There are other things we are looking at too, but they are likely to be longer term solutions.
I wanted to tackle this specific type of spammer ASAP as I find it very disrespectful (to say the least!) that they are wasting the time of legitimate contributors to this community, such as yourself, who give up their own time to help others.
Let me know if you have further questions,
04-03-2012 10:49 AM
As a followup to Caroline's response, this is from an exchange roughly 5 weeks ago:
One spammer apparently posted an innocuous message in the Spartan forum, then waited a few days for all the active members to read the post. After a few days, the post was edited to replace the innocuous text with a spam message. Because the (edited) post had already been read by most active forum users, the updated (spam) content escaped notice by all (except new visitors to the forums). This, I must admit, is quite clever!
So the Xilinx moderators have been aware of this practice for quite some time. There may be some trial and error involved with settling on an effective set of countermeasures which don't obstruct the primary purpose of these forums.
The gain vs. effort ratio, for spammers, still seems very low to me. Perhaps the pay for such endeavours is greater than I imagine. Or perhaps this is simply recreational entertainment for some people. Just don't know...
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04-03-2012 01:29 PM
The spam posts are still active. Can these be deleted or modified to remove the spam link?
Have you tried typing your question into Google? If not you should before posting.
Too many results? Try adding site:www.xilinx.com
04-04-2012 01:37 PM
The ability to prevent users from editing their own posts until certain criteria have been met, has been implemented.
Please keep reporting spam, but hopefully, we'll see a vast reduction in this 'post editing' type of spam, pretty much immediately.
I'll check out the two posts mentioned in this thread and will remove the non-technical info.