Tennessee Jedi wrote:
Can you see that ?
You'll need to take screen shots. What I think you are seeing is a combo of:
1) spy-ware as described above
2) hyperlinks in signatures of spammers
3) spammers copying posts written by others, from old threads and on previous pages, and pasting it into their own so it looks legit at first blush. Then you realize the thread is 3 years old and it's word for word what a legit member here wrote years back and 2 pages back.
About 2) and 3)
I had Gregg run a bunch of SQL database queries in 2010 and I used the results as the basis for a member list cleanup. I deleted around 2500-3000 bogus accounts created between 2004-2010. Since the new anti-spam features were add, I haven't done another cleanup. It might be time to do another one and clear out the bad accounts that might still be hanging around. Fewer accounts get created now versus before but it the number seems like it could be increasing again.
It is harder for them to do the Sig Spam, they need to have made a certain number of posts before they have the ability to create a signature. Most spammers opt not to wait and just put the links in the body of the message. This isn't as effective since the links will have a much shorter shelf life, since the posts inevitably get deleted within 24 hours of being posted.
The member accounts that have names that look like they pass the "sniff test" can quite often slip through unnoticed. The one that are like "neobukmutub" and "JakeLeroyJones" are easier to spot, accounts like "Sarah Silverman" aren't. There have been a few account names recently that looked like they were spammers but after a few post, you realize they are legitimate users. It's a tough call sometimes.
1) This is a local issue that you need to look at TJ. I'd scan the machine for viruses and spyware. If it a Windows machine, I'd go so far as to use a tool like ComboFix since it gets some of the really hard to detect/remove malware. Don't assume that the protection you have on that computer is working at this point. Most modern malware targets any protection software and disables it while leaving the user the impression it's still functioning.