The following is just an Internet/PC thing, it's been going on for years, and IT IS NOT GEOCACHING'S FAULT. It's the nature of the beast and I'm not sure GC could do anything about any of it (plus, like most Internet companies, they have this mildly annoying hands-off policy that kinda perpetuates these issues, but what ya gonna do). It's just something I watch sometimes.
Has anyone else been getting Spam email from "other Geocachers"? I've gotten two this week, from the same open mail IP address (220.127.116.11), and one had the return address of a friend listed in my own profile. Of course it was NOT from her (and it was an old email address she doesn't even have anymore, so it was super easy to tell), you need to understand email can have ANY "from" email address typed into it.
I've seen some persistent Spam scripts around here. GC seems to be keeping them cleaned up rather well.
One typical Bot had many user names, but one was "yucc" something. It joined Geocaching.com, joined the Forums, placed benign posts in several topics, along with an invisible GIF, to track topic activity.
There was a Bot this week that had no Gif, but used responses from Yahoo to form a paragraph to reply to a topic. It looked just like a slightly confused human post. So it's like a parasite, allowed to live around here and collect data, pretty tough to detect.
So the Spam Bots are joining for the purpose of collecting user data, enough to convince you to open an email and even run a program "from your friend", so "you know it must be safe". My email isn't listed in my profile, so these Bots are digging deeper. Some of you (AND YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE) are running those programs you get in email "from people you know well" (NOT JUST FROM GEOCACHING -- YOUR OTHER FRIENDS AND RELATIVES OPEN AND INSTALL SPAM TROJAN HORSE PROGRAMS TOO AND YOU KNOW IT). Once you install a "program from your friend", it can grab email lists directly off your computer, and even send real messages from your real email. That's the end game, the goal of the strange Bots around here, to collect lists of viable email addresses, which are sold to Spammers.
You can run a virus scan til you're blue in the face, but if you go to all the work to install a Trojan Horse program you get in email "from a dear friend", the PC may allow it to run with no errors. Actually, the trojan horses rely on people who aren't familiar with PCs, who are in the habit of closing all those annoying windows that pop up.
This post has been edited by kunarion: 04 November 2011 - 06:41 AM