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Hidden text spam and low traffic wikis

Gordon Joly


I have started a few wikis (using Mediawiki, and kept up to date) and
I have found that we are being spammed, about once every ten days.
Usually links to drug (pharmaceuticals) sales sites in hidden text.
These wikis are very low traffic but are linked from Metawiki at:

http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Sites_using_MediaWiki

I have also noticed a wiki that has been set up and the WikiSysop has
no idea how to actually build content in the site. So, what does he
get? Spam! No content, nothing. Just spam.

It would seem WikiSysops should be made aware of their
responsibilities, when Mediawiki software is installed. Should theyt
have to pass a test? It is great that installation is so easy, but
that lowers the threshold of a potential WikiSysop admin to be
verging on the almost clueless.

Another effect. Users are registering email in the domains that I
own, in which the Mediaiki wikis live. Hence, I see all the email
confirmation emails (to addresses such as anythinggoes1234 @
mylittlehouse.org.uk). This is a relatively new feature, suggesting
again increasingly clueless spammers are getting in on the act,
perhaps?

Is there a message here?

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Re: Hidden text spam and low traffic wikis

Rob Church
Third parties using our software are responsible for being competent
enough to run their own wikis. It's not our fault, nor our
responsibility, if they're clueless and don't do anything about spam.


Rob Church

On 12/02/06, Gordon Joly <[hidden email]> wrote:

>
>
> I have started a few wikis (using Mediawiki, and kept up to date) and
> I have found that we are being spammed, about once every ten days.
> Usually links to drug (pharmaceuticals) sales sites in hidden text.
> These wikis are very low traffic but are linked from Metawiki at:
>
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Sites_using_MediaWiki
>
> I have also noticed a wiki that has been set up and the WikiSysop has
> no idea how to actually build content in the site. So, what does he
> get? Spam! No content, nothing. Just spam.
>
> It would seem WikiSysops should be made aware of their
> responsibilities, when Mediawiki software is installed. Should theyt
> have to pass a test? It is great that installation is so easy, but
> that lowers the threshold of a potential WikiSysop admin to be
> verging on the almost clueless.
>
> Another effect. Users are registering email in the domains that I
> own, in which the Mediaiki wikis live. Hence, I see all the email
> confirmation emails (to addresses such as anythinggoes1234 @
> mylittlehouse.org.uk). This is a relatively new feature, suggesting
> again increasingly clueless spammers are getting in on the act,
> perhaps?
>
> Is there a message here?
>
> --
> Gordo (aka LoopZilla)
> [hidden email]
> http://pobox.com/~gordo/
> http://www.loopzilla.org/
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Re: Hidden text spam and low traffic wikis

Gordon Joly
At 13:44 +0000 12/2/06, Rob Church wrote:
>Third parties using our software are responsible for being competent
>enough to run their own wikis. It's not our fault, nor our
>responsibility, if they're clueless and don't do anything about spam.
>
>Rob Church
>



I agree in the sense that software can be misapplied. But Netcraft reports...

http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2006/01/31/php_apps_a_growing_target_for_hackers.html

http://tinyurl.com/l48zd

Posted by Rich Miller at January 31, 2006 03:50 PM

*****quote begins

The growth of PHP-based content management systems is a testimony to
the success of the open source movement, which has created a lengthy
list of powerful, user-friendly applications that can be installed by
web site operators with little or no PHP coding experience. Active
support communities for these projects offer templates and mods for
easy customization, and mobilize to deploy fixes for security holes.


*****quote ends

Related issue: need to upgrade as security patches come out for
MediaWIki, keep tabs on spoof accounts, etc etc.

Gordo

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