• @PerfectParanoia
    link
    English
    310 months ago

    So is this an incredible influx of bot accounts? For what, spamming links? I haven’t encountered any yet, is there a system already in place to fend this off?

    • 𝕊𝕚𝕤𝕪𝕡𝕙𝕖𝕒𝕟
      link
      English
      310 months ago

      I’ve already seen and reported an obvious, low-effort spam comment. Looks like they don’t use particularly sophisticated methods.

      • @PerfectParanoia
        link
        English
        310 months ago

        I guess the openness of the registration process and instance creation would invite this low effort type of attack. I also bumped in a post that reported community name squating, where accounts were creating empty communities with popular subreddit names in order to sell them later on I guess? I just don’t see the actual benefit of it, it seems more of an oppurtinistic play more than anything else.

        • 𝕊𝕚𝕤𝕪𝕡𝕙𝕖𝕒𝕟
          link
          English
          3
          edit-2
          10 months ago

          Community name squatting doesn’t make sense at all because different instances can have communities with the same name. So unless they manage to create one on all of the big instances, that’s completely useless.

          • @PerfectParanoia
            link
            English
            210 months ago

            That’s what it seems like to me too. Plus there is nothing stopping admins of instances transferring ownership in these situations.

              • ruffsl
                link
                English
                210 months ago

                When @'ing or pinging someone by username, the auto complete will suggest matching users from across federated instances. So typo squatting could be a thing, or user impersonation. But it’d be rather transparent when it occurs, but some could still fall for such tactics, just like with email spam or phishing scams.

                • 𝕊𝕚𝕤𝕪𝕡𝕙𝕖𝕒𝕟
                  link
                  English
                  110 months ago

                  That’s a problem for sure. And if someone has a display name, someone else can create a user with the same avatar and display name on another instance, and pretend to be them.