Recently, the R S Wikia clan chat has experienced a wave of spam attacks. This page is for myself, administrators and CC regulars to collate information about the attacks, list times of attacks and share tactics of how to stop the spammers red-handed. This sort of information is unsuited for other namespaces at this time, so will be kept here for records and viewing. Please note, this page is specifically for spamming attacks from multiple accounts, and/or attacks where the spammer avoids being kicked through speedily entering and leaving the cc.
General information and suspicions[edit | edit source]
CC ranks attempt to control a spam attack.
More recently, the Clan Chat has received a large amount of spammer attacks of similar style. Due to events in the past, 4chan users (http://www.4chan.org/) are suspected to be the culprits of the attacks. Organised attacks from other fansites such as RuneHQ and Tip.it are highly unlikely. A group known as the "RuneScape Militia" have also claimed responsibility for some of the old attacks. Many of the attacks have been directed at specific users in the cc at the time, and also some regulars. Multiple accounts are used, some of them being an attempted copy of ranks in the channel, changing one letter (Example: Clw309 & Jediadan4). Most of them use the "Quick visits" type of attack (See below). Original spam (@@@@) is rare, and usually the spam takes the form of comments of an extremely sexual connotation, using ' to bypass the censor. All this information is not proven fact, just non-NPOV observations.
There are various types of methods spammers may use to disrupt the cc. More than one can be used at one time. Many are simple, but some involve prior planning by multiple people.
The original spam. Very easy to type, very popular. Usually written in quick progression.
A now common occurrence in our cc. The spammer types out their message/spam before entering the cc. They enter the cc, making sure to keep their cursor positioned over the "Leave cc" button. Upon entering the cc, they hit enter, then click "Leave cc" straight away. The spammer therefore avoids a kick most of the time, as ranks do not have a chance to right-click > Kick. The spammer could be in the cc for long periods of time without being kicked.
Below is a table where attack records can be kept. If you are present during a spammer attack, please add as much information as you can below. This isn't a register for every kick in the cc. Note, not all attacks have been recorded here.
|09:30, April 5, 2010 (UTC)
||Attack took place for a long period of time. Spammers used the "Quick visits" method. Also had a spy in the cc; spy was not identified. Eventually kicked using "Hide and Surprise" tactic.
|03:18, April 6, 2010 (UTC)
||Same person as day before. Was quiet for a little when P-mod came, but then continued. Had a spy. "wolfblitz" was kicked for suspicion of being the spy.
|06:24, April 7, 2010 (UTC)
||Attack took place for a long period of time. Spammers used the "Quick visits" method. Also had a spy in the cc; spy was not identified. He wasn't being talked about and was just ignored by all people in the cc.
There are numerous tactics that can be used by ranks to combat and rid the cc of spammers.
Just concentrate and try to kick the vandal with minimal bystander casualties. Sounds easy, right?