More Weird Likes/Follows

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  • #3088167

    96isaiah
    Member

    Not long ago, many bloggers (me included) faced weird likes and follows with nonsensical email addresses… It seemed like the problem was resolved, but now it seems to be starting up again, maybe with a variation of some sort.

    The follows I got in my email notices have not appeared in the WordPress drop down box of notices. They include: bulterwglaniq @ outlook.com, kunkelpadalinefk @ outlook.com and maloyyqvalerix @ outlook.com.

    Maybe you would like to put a damper on this before more WordPress bloggers are affected…. Thank you all for watching over the safety of everyone blogging at WordPress… Everyone appreciates it — I’m very sure… I know I do…….

    The blog I need help with is 123hallelujah.wordpress.com.

    #3088298

    ggreybeard
    Member

    Yes, same here. More e-mail followers with bogus looking Outlook e-mail addresses for names.

    #3088339

    yes it’s starting again. Here are my two new ‘followers’ so far:

    (email redacted)
    (email redacted)

    plus I have had spam comments, now deleted.

    #3088340

    Hi folks,

    Thanks for reporting this, I’ll pass the information on to our developers so they can take a look. In the meantime, spam followers can be removed under My Site > People > Email Followers.

    I’ll reply here when I have more information.

    #3088341

    yes it’s starting again. Here are my two new ‘followers’ so far:

    (email redacted)

    (email redacted)

    plus I have had spam comments, now deleted.

    #3088378

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    Hello there, Email addresses posted normally are redacted from public view but staff can still see them.

    If you find spam comments in your spam folder then our anti-spam plugin is doing its job. If you find those spam comments in your pending folder or approved folder please mark them as spam so that our plugin learns from it. Thanks

    #3088394

    thank you :)

    #3088431

    ingridcc
    Member

    Starting yesterday, a huge increase in new subscribers. All with outlook.com email addresses.

    What is the goal of this type of ‘spam’? What can someone gain by spam-following blogs?

    #3088432

    ingridcc
    Member

    or, better question – does it pose any kind of threat? to my or my blog’s security?

    #3088442

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    Hello @ingridcc, when this happened in January, Staff explained that there is no security threat to your site from these spam followers. You can read @kokkieh‘s reply here: https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/weird-followers/page/2?replies=135#post-3064066

    #3088448

    this morning I opened up my inbox and found 4 notifications for new followers with Outlook.com addresses. However only one of them appeared in my blog’s list of email followers. Is that because WordPress has already dealt with the other 3? Thanks.

    #3088451

    Hi everyone,

    I just wanted to let you know that we are working on removing spam followers with Outlook email addresses. While you are receiving email notifications of new followers, they do not have access to your account, site or content.

    I’ll be passing all of the email addresses on to our developers and will share updates here as I receive them.

    #3088456

    nihalsh
    Member

    Great that WordPress is dealing with this. I have received these outlook spams on my https://letsconclude.net
    I haven’t found any of the outlook followers in my site notifications after e-mail notifications were sent, so I guess they’ve been removed.

    #3088458

    Hi nihalsh,

    Our developers are working on this but we need to make sure we don’t remove genuine followers using Outlook email addresses, so it is work in progress :) Until then, any unwanted followers, they can be removed from My Site > People > Email Followers.

    #3088462

    faithfruits
    Member

    Me too, like 96isaiah said, email notification received via wp email account but no visibility in the https://wordpress.com/people/email-followers/site area its like they subscribe then unsubscribe straight away. I reached out to Microsoft Outlook via twitter to invite their research. Hopefully WordPress security teams are always collaborating with companies who offer free email addresses to monitor spam/security concerns.

    #3088465

    96isaiah
    Member

    Hi All,

    First of all, thank you all at WordPress for working on this weird follower problem.

    Everyone should go to their list of email followers from their stats page and remove those that are from

      weird outlook.com addresses.

    ….. That way this spammer will be thwarted when wanting to also leave spam comments on your site as time goes on…. They might try to start following you again, but it only takes a little bit of effort to delete their email address again.

    Have a great day.

    #3088469

    trailhiker
    Member

    I had weird outlook followers in January and just got a new one today from
    (email redacted)
    Looks just as suspicious as the ones from January so I am removing. Not sure how these people figure out how to get around WP’s fixes though I suppose it’s part of having an on-line presence these days <sigh>. Thanks for working on this!

    #3088474

    vyhoffman
    Member

    I’ve also noticed these starting back up.

    #3088501

    trailhiker
    Member

    Got a notice about another new one this morning (1am my time!) from
    (email redacted)
    This name is more pronounceable than some of the others but I consider it suspicious. Just checked my email followers list and it had already been removed. Thanks again to WP staff for working on this.

    #3088502

    genemonkey
    Member

    I have this problem too. Should we provide email addresses? They seem to generate a new one every couple of hours

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