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The Daily Express MyExpress web service has been swamped by masses of sex spam text in a mighty pwn which may have begun two years ago. Reader profiles on the site have been turned into handy catalogues of naughty practices, seemingly by Eastern European hackers and to no obvious end. The reams of text have the appearance of …

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Joke

my word...

... you mean now, some of the Daily Express website will actually contain some readable content?

Wonders will never cease.

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Boffin

Prověrka

In Czech the word can mean 'audit', or 'verification' - or even 'self-checking' when used in relation to computing.

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Flame

same in russian and bulgarian

Proverka means "check" or "verification" and not only in verification to computing. It is the general meaning of the word.

By the way, while most of Eastern Europe is indeed from the slavic branch of the indo-european language group, some are not. Hungarians definitely are not.

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Dead Vulture

Eastern European ?

"...which seems to be Eastern European for ..."

Since when was Eastern European a language?

Yes I realise this may be some attempt at LULZ by the author.

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Quite the opposite...

...being of Eastern European descent myself.

No: there is no such “language” as Eastern European – but there is the slavic group of languages, in which many many words appear in similar form across several different languages.

There’s enough similarity for me to be able to work out the content of a Polish conversation from my knowledge of Russian – and vice-versa. I don’t know the exact etymollgy of “proverka”: I’ve encountered it in a russian context…but it’s the sort of word that almost certainly crosses over. So, not knowing the actual language of origin, I was playing safe: if anyone knows it is DEFINITELY linked to one country rather than another, would be interested to know that.

jane

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Same old.....

No need to go to the online bit, a quick flick through to the Sexpress' TV guide in the old-fashioned, dead tree edition will point you at enough smut from Richard 'Dirty' Desmond's pr0n empire to keep you busy for a while.

But they asterisk out the vowels in the naughty words there, so that makes it all nice and above board.....

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Coat

pregnant sluts masterbating

No doubt the good burghers of Tunbridge Wells will be writing in their droves to complain about the poor standards of spelling shown by the present generation of spammers.

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yeah

there a bunch of loosers LOL

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Happy

Don't you mean...

Their a bunch of loossers?

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as the Bard of Salford said

"I've seen the poison letters of the horrible hacks

About the yellow peril and the reds and the blacks

And the TUC and its treacherous acts

Kremlin money, all right Jack

I've seen how democracy is under duress

But I've never seen a nipple in the Daily Express"

-- John Cooper Clarke

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Anonymous Coward

Has to be said

But you will have seen a load of tits..

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The most terrible thought...

Daily Express readers getting it on.

[shudder]

Besides, apart from the spelling mistakes what difference is there in the content on those pages and that provided by Dirty Desmond through his Northern and Shell porn empire?

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Anonymous Coward

Daily Express readers getting it on.

I suppose they must.

The newspaper has been around for several generations, where else would their new readers come from?

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Anonymous Coward

These spam bots are so annoying

I feel sympathy for the Express admins although I think they are lacking due diligence to let it happen for so long.

I run a forum and I swear 98% of applicants are spam bots. Yes I have recaptcha enabled, yes I use anti spam tools to identify & mark known spammers, yes I require applicants to wait for approval. It's still hugely bloody annoying and takes a lot of administration and slows down the legit registrants who have to wait a week until I'm sure they're not bots. No bot has gotten through so far (touch wood) but it's inevitable one will. It is a huge waste of my time to police.

I think the issue is there is no herd immunity. Every site is like every other site with predictable links, predictable fields, predictable captcha mechanisms. If every site was unique in some way they would be hugely more resistant to attack.

A site could randomize the url used for registration, and check the referrer link, or embed some hidden field which is unique to the site or require the user answer a question or click on box (which was generated through JS) etc. Registration would fail (silently if it was not a user error) if the conditions were not met.

Then the attacker would personally have to visit every site they wish to compromise to figure out why the attack didn't work which would slow them down enormously.

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Paris Hilton

Mr/Mrs/Ms

Isn't this to do with getting a better Search engine ranking, something mentioned on The Daily Express web site hundreds of times is given a better rank?

I'm at work right now so will leave my search for 'lubemytube' to prove my theory until I get home.

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Unhappy

It is a SEO job

And if you think that some of the legitimate SEO jobs are really that much different...

Unfortunately that is what sells nowdays. If you disappear from Google rankings you might as well disappear from the face of the Earth. Outside the search index noone will hear you scream.

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Oh dear...

...the Express admin appear to have got their act together and done something to remove the offending material. So nothing to see here after all.

Oh. But what's this "cached" button do?

Oh my!

Well, i never....

jane

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Joke

maybe they are trying to appeal to more readers

maybe they are trying to appeal to more readers

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