128 Account Spam Network Lobotomized

in #spam5 years ago

Another sleepless night, started with this post:

Finished this morning at 128 accounts owned by this person. Most of them post stolen images, there are a few different techniques used across all the accounts. There are 18 achrafXX accounts, and 110 under different names that all work together. The majority of it is automated and not all the accounts are actively posting right now but most are.

These all have been added to @buildawhale's blacklist although not all of them use vote bots, many take advantage of @esteems free votes and many get almost no rewards but just spam with little to no rewards.

These are some of the core accounts that act as a hub for the network but they are many branches.

  • houssemhsh
  • ala.salhi
  • helena4
  • firasbc
  • souha.salhi

Example of one of the branches is kendall12 which creates a few accounts that end with 12. Can tell the user isn't very clever.

As far as I can see, it isn't very profitable as he has no steem power to push them up nor the funds to buy a large number of votes.

The full list can be found here, and I have a link to a text file below.

  • angela.james
  • theteam
  • lina22
  • asmamohamed
  • helena4
  • christina013
  • viki.mara
  • gaboo12
  • fedii
  • rahma97
  • houssemhsh
  • ahmeed.try
  • diop
  • ayman23
  • syrine
  • samsoo
  • hamaa
  • ichrak
  • sheldons
  • kaki
  • salemm
  • nours
  • medbc
  • malekk
  • tarak97
  • camilia1
  • kely
  • ismailmeftah
  • moviess
  • medaminee
  • basmaa
  • mlouka
  • berlin12
  • abri
  • alia11
  • sanfra
  • gmovies
  • haloufa
  • kendall12
  • jokes4life
  • slouma
  • daly
  • lina.kh7
  • nouha
  • jesserr
  • garts
  • rihabb
  • majoo
  • gmusic
  • nabilaa
  • azerfredj
  • jazmiin
  • ninaa
  • bibi.bibi
  • jaja438
  • zinab
  • amalbali
  • peetar
  • jackson01
  • karolina.kar
  • kokoka
  • anna12360
  • manar7
  • monceff
  • faiez
  • montassar123
  • chayma
  • hosem
  • jiw
  • karolina7
  • youzef
  • lynda.ajili
  • chamou
  • soniahk
  • dadou.abid
  • mirna.mira
  • hamza.azayez
  • claudia405
  • lina.toumi
  • hamzaaa
  • ala.salhi
  • nina.nana
  • souha.salhi
  • fatma.fakhfekh
  • ameni.amouna
  • azza.lannouar
  • sabrinasabrina
  • sabryna
  • samehguedri
  • ameni.frikha
  • saifgrioui
  • azzerr
  • oussema
  • firasbc
  • islem.grioui
  • bohmid
  • sarah017
  • wahibfersi
  • tokyo12
  • eva12
  • kenza
  • quavo12
  • stormie
  • yessine
  • offset12
  • harhour
  • imen
  • weldezonta
  • ahmed.zouari
  • hamma11
  • achraf1
  • achraf2
  • achraf3
  • achraf4
  • achraf5
  • achraf6
  • achraf7
  • achraf8
  • achraf9
  • achraf10
  • achraf11
  • achraf12
  • achraf13
  • achraf14
  • achraf15
  • achraf16
  • achraf17
  • achraf18

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take a look at 'bescouted' please BS.

They are already on my list to dig into, got a few networks I'm working on.

Shit list always will be bigger than good list))

Good to see someone taking action!

Keep the shit flowing. You have my full support.

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OMG 127 account .
That must have been tough job brother.
I am not very familiar with steemit or vlogging but I want to hand over some interesting knowledge out of my experience.
Issue is plagiarism rule ......... If I wanted to share some proof by image,video will it be against rule.

Nice work!

yeah i have noticed quite a few accounts that post comments that "are my own comments from a previous post" as comments on a current post.

I cant believe how extensive this is! The amount of resources you devote and time spent must be enormous. Its such a service to the community to protect its integrity, without people like you out there pulling the weeds, we would never enjoy the fruits of our garden. If spam accounts and bots take over Steem, the platform will die. Thank you again.

Damn dude!! This was some next level intel! The spam is super annoying! We need more real people expressing real thoughts to add overall value to the Steemit platform and STEEM Ecosystem. I can't wait to see more of these types of reports! Interesting stuff!! Thanks for the post!

No kidding, right? I mean, these guys don't mess around.

This is one of the reasons why @themarkymark deserves to be voted as one of the witnesses in steemit. For such a big help in this platform. Go sir, catch all the spammers here. You have our support.

@themarkymark will get my vote also

reason he has my vote. community first

Sir,please rethink about this blacklist
You are right about achraf he is a spammer and we told him to stop this , he is using more than 30+ accounts ( he is my friend and he tell me that he have many accounts but I don't know the exact number of his accounts)
What i want to say is not all the 128 accounts belong to achraf or that one person
I'm not a spammer and this picture is a proove that we ( the 128 accounts ) are not the same person , we are not spammers we are a groups of friends who love steemit community and we are not abusing this social network , please rethink and thanks
I'm @ismailmeftah a real person
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You have been added to the @iflagtrash shitlist for abusing the network. Enjoy.

I love steemit, yet with the vested interest of money as an option, human nature has kicked in and it is not like a mini version of the business world outside. I still love it here, but it certainly makes for less interesting content. I don't use reddit, but that seems to be a place where people turn to for content when they want to know something.

Anyone agree or disagree?

this needs to be stopped.

Nice work @themarkymark How can I contact you in private?

I am on our discord and if it is regards to abuse our abuse channel is one conversation not even you can see the text typed so you can report without anyone else seeing it.

Well done mate. This is more widespread than many might imagine. I just posted a ring to Steemcleaners last night, but another which looks dodgy is a whole community, bescouted. So many accounts there with the same MO, account opened same month, posting 6 to 10 single pics a day without metadata....all single syllable names etc etc...hope you get chance to take a look :-)

their past investment is...their future earning potential isn't ;-)

If I were scammer I would began to think about my behaviour. But they are safe. Their investmen is protected by blockchain protocol.

Bescouted is an awesome site. Have you checked out bescouted.com? It was a previously existing photo community that integrated into the blockchain and encouraged its members to acquire & link Steem accounts. Similarities in join dates, post formats etc. are most likely due to their interactions being done through bescouted.com and not Steemit. They’ve announced the intent to launch an SMT, apparently secured outside investor funding, and are in some direct contact with Steemit Inc.
Seriously, make a quick account, log into bescouted.com and play around. It’s one of the earliest and best examples of how existing sites can leverage the Steem blockchain. No scam ring bothered to build that interface!

how do we report accounts to be added to the blacklist?

Can hop on our discord and post in abuse channel

We should not fold our hands and watch those idiots abuse steem . Keep arresting them because they have no need to stay here.

you work very hard and these type of users should be block.

Thanks again for a good job of cleaning up Steemit.

Unbelievable! So crazy!

wow great animals post.

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haha :D

I don't know whether to laugh or flag!

I love you, man.

cc: @patrice - I think we know where that list goes, yes?

This is some time-consuming detective work...good job!

ffs who takes all that time and effort to create 128 accounts?
I have invited a friend who has done all the procedure and just waiting for the confirmation mail 9 days now...
i mean who much time did he wait to create all those?unless there are other methods that we dont know of
Good job bro

There are ways to get accounts instantly and can automate the process. But I believe these were made by hand and then the content has been scripted.

craziness! Why do people always have to game the system?!

When money can be made so easily, it will be gamed.

Because there are people who don t want to try.They just seek the easy way.Even if they have to lie ,humiliate trick,etc others.i don t know if it is their nature or they just don t want to try.
One thing is certain though.a soon as they are exposed they should be punished.Not just her.e..in every aspect of life

Cleaning up Steemit helps us all. Thanks for doing a great job

you are doing gods work markymark. With you and berniesanders around i feel like this is a much better place. thank you for looking out for everyone, it really helps us small time guys get a foothold around here.

They are actually ton of shit .
Cause of them this community polluting .
We should really stop this kind of damn thing
and keep our steemit community neat and clean.
But here you are raising your voice against scam of this community . This is really awesome , proud of you Sir.
We are here to support you to do such great job like this for steemit community.
However keep going and let's do this together.
@themarkymark

128 accounts?
Whoever own these shits, he/she sure is extremely greedy.

The strange part is he wasn't even making much as no one was upvoting that shit and he has no SP. Got some good votes from esteem which he took advantage of. It's more about the endless spam and bloat.

But 128 accounts costs more than 600 Steem. If those accounts were created for free then steemit.com took the hit. Otherwise those guys ended up expending more than USD 2,400

Incredible. Thanks so much for the hard work you put in. We appreciate it.

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Thanks man. Just thanks for this thankless task. It's gotta be done.

I worked security on a PTC site. Those consecutive numbered accounts are not a mystery to me. A blight, but no mystery.

For the record, you have my vote for witness, too.

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This is really sad ....you have really done well by taking this upon yourself

OMFG 128 pseudo account. Dude let's build a blacklist database that can be shared among upvote bots. And together we might stand a chance to save steemit from shit posts!

Good job you are doing for the Community. God bless you.

good work

haha these users got caught

Thanks so much for taking your time and resources to fish them out

enter the account blacklist and report it

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Great work

There's a whole network of these kind of accounts that have been spamming dMania lately as well. They'll be 50+ votes and comments from the same group of "people" within a minute. They all are new accounts, all have near identical SP, all have no posts themselves, and all appear to be pooling from the same master list of comments (because they'll alternate which comments each one leaves, with the same mispellings and grammar errors). They've been circumventing the 1 dMania bot pick per day (last I checked, posts by this group of accounts had 5 of the last 7 dMania Bot picks), in addition to shitposting and voting up a select few accounts.

Here's just a few of the user ID's and you can easily see that they're blatantly gaming the system...

@aatifmele, @fingerman, @dubailive, @mateosiit, @highcom

I wish I had the power to smack them down myself, but I don't unfortunately.

Thanks. Will have a look.

Having too many accounts is complicated. >.<

I don’t envy you the job of tracking down these pranksters. Do appreciate your hard work. 🐓🐓

Damn dude!! This was some next level intel! The spam is super annoying! We need more real people expressing real thoughts to add overall value to the Steemit platform and STEEM Ecosystem. I can't wait to see more of these types of reports! Interesting stuff!! Thanks for the post!

Let the wrong users remove them :)

Giving up your sleep to make this a better place for us all. Very admirable! Thank you.

Voted you as a witness. Doing God's work, dude. Kudos!

Good job .. i like this article ..

wish there was a way to 'auto-mute' that list rather than one at a time.

I think that this post is the best of Steemit!

best detective ever!

I always follow your post everything is good if any time visit my blog @mamaathiyya

Why people do this! If anyone just uses this platform for money, they should get jobs. If you can't give people information, motivation, you don't need to write. So depressing.

@themarkymark nice work.
keep it up

It is a dog to have many accounts

Thank you for information. I have mute all them

Congratulations @themarkymark!
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as long as this type of abuse has to be handled in an ad-hoc, manual way, it will be a bit difficult for this platform to progress in any real way IMO

Yes.Great work.For best for steemit kick out all Spamer

I think one them is in my followers list.
Thanks a lot for this post :)
Gotta scan for others too.

+themarkymark, so it sounds like these spammer accounts and vote bot abusers are just too numerous for steemit community to handle in isolation. What do you suggest regular users like myself do? Is there anything we can do to help ebb the tide of this problem? I've reported a couple of copy and posters that I've seen so far, but that's only the material I've come across. Luckily I don't follow those types and stick mainly to steemstem and other reputable tags where they are few and far between.

Report what you see, flag what you can, and produce good content people want to consume.

I like your post

It looks like you may be the man to continue this investigation where I left it.

I'm not really sure what can be done about it, or how it could even be proven not to be a frame-job; but that's now your problem. Good luck!

This is bad,sad, and hard to take in. As a new face on steemit I hope to stay out of this.

I am @houssemhsh ..I did not cheat .
I work with a group of friends. Ashraf was a member of this group but tried to cheat so we took him out of the group
He is not us.
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You have been added to the @iflagtrash shitlist for abusing the network. Enjoy.

You have been added to the @iflagtrash shitlist for abusing the network. Enjoy.

@themarkymark , @ned we are not spammers we are just friends and we're going to proove it to this community...we will post our verification photos with today's date.... i think it's a shame on you when we proove that you're wrong. You must apologize sooooon.
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You have been added to the @iflagtrash shitlist for abusing the network. Enjoy.

Im not spammer im not achraf

You have been added to the @iflagtrash shitlist for abusing the network. Enjoy.

I wont show my face because it's my own privacy no one can force me do that but i'm sure that i'm not a spammer, one last thing @themarkymark we are not in the jungle if you know what i mean, you know what just remember @haejin

Damn it man we are not spammers we are just friends working together only ashref you're talking we told him to stop spamming but he didn't understand ok ?? What are saying here this is an invalid charge based on your illusions....

You have been added to the @iflagtrash shitlist for abusing the network. Enjoy.

You have been added to the @iflagtrash shitlist for spamming the network. Enjoy.

You have been added to the @iflagtrash shitlist for spamming the network. Enjoy.

You have been added to the @iflagtrash shitlist for spamming the network. Enjoy.

I don't understand why this makes you sleepless. When a rep 69 (now rep 70) user spammed steem with comment bot, nobody cares. The spammer was admin of steemit.chat, curie, and steemcleaners. I reported it steemcleaners, and patrice refused to admit it's spamming.

Then, I got retaliated by the spammer and his bot s4s. The spammer even banned my steemit.chat account. Nobody cares.

For details of the spammer, please read:

I have no control what others do, I am a midget amongst giants, all I can do is find, report, and blacklist from services I control (@buildawhale) or pass them on to @SteemCleaners & @patrice. I am a nobody other than that, I just try to do more than nothing.

I did the same before. Find the rep 69 spammer and reported to @steemcleaners and @patrice. Then, I got downvoted by the spammer and threatened by the spammer and got my steemit.chat account banned by the spammer.

Anyway, it's safe to report the powerless spammers. Be careful of the powerful spammers :)

Almost every spammer I report and blacklist flags me. These clowns included.

I don't know how powerful the spammers you reported are.

Firepower, the spammer I reported, had about 30k SP at that time. Also he has a bot, s4s, which has 170k SP delegated from 2 witnesses.

The manager of steemcleaners, patrice, is his friend and refused to admit it's spamming. She doesn't care.

The spammer banned my account at steemit.chat. The owner of steemit.chat, riverhead, is the spammer's friend and he doesn't care.

Pfunk, the manger of steemcleaners, asked the spammer why did he ban my account and believed the spammer's one side story.

The spammer also lead 3 whales to downvote me. The whales are donkeypong, kevinwong, and analisa. The 3 whales removed the downvotes later. I asked them why did they downvote me. They did not care.

The whales and the managers don't care about the spamming, why should we care?