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Blank PM Botnet Glines August 30th, 2005
As many of you have noticed we have been dealing with a major botnet the past 3 days that has been spamming or attempting to spam people with trojaned links claiming to be webcam links. We have made a best effort to keep them banned off the network as best as is reasonably possible. For the first day we had staff literally banning each one manually for hours on end when we saw them join channels. Since then we automated the process to help catch more of them and be more pro-active then re-active. Aka, catch as many as we could BEFORE they were able to mass spam people.

Since then, the system has operated great banning 99% of the bots, literally between 1-15 new ones a minute. Unfortunately due to this there have also been a small number of false positives, literally about one or two every couple hours. Unfortunately we have no realistic way to prevent these false positives any more then we already have. So what we want to give you are some guidelines to prevent yourself from being detected as on of these bots.

1) Don`t use a funky nickname, ident, or real name
2) Don`t do botlike actions, such as mass messaging lots of people, or joining and parting channels in a short amount of time.

We are sorry for the added inconvenience to those who have been banned, however our greater goal is to protect the network and the majority of the users that we can. At the height when people were getting hundreds of messages an hour, that just isn`t acceptable for us. We understand why you`d be upset getting banned, but we ask you remain understanding of why it is happening. If you do get detected and banned as a bot, just use the "Chat With Admin" function on the left (if someone is available they will take care of it for you right then) or email to have the ban removed.

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