It is like in any scam scheme: first, a victim is enticed by an irresistible offer of absolutely free of charge novel (“first”, “innovative”, “sexy”. “unique”, etc.) miracle or easy way to earn money (including interesting job offer like it was for me by KeyCAPTCHA.com). Then you are trapped by a sneaky change in conditions of bargain (employment)… Accordingly, first, KeyCAPTCHA.com filled the internet with ads of its first absolutely free of charge (“unique”, “novel”, “innovative”, “unbreakable”) anti-spam miracle. It was not only without any advertising but even buyers of commercial fee-based KeyCAPTCHA service were initially prohibited to create CAPTCHAs with any advertising. Then, in the beginning of August, 2011, after bloggers started to write about and webmasters with sysadmins to advise each other this miracle en masse, KeyCAPTCHA.com changed its ToS convering KeyCAPTCHA from antispam captcha into spam platform.
That is, a webmaster that installed it, cannot avoid spam served through installed KeyCAPTCHA plug-in from KeyCAPTCHA.com’s servers, except “agreeing” to buy “Personalized CAPTCHA” service or uninstalling KeyCAPTCHA plugin.Well, the end-user (a visitor) of a protected web resource, cannot just close your eyes and skip it like with any other spam. KeyCAPTCHA usually blocks access to webresource, like registering for forum, commenting blog article, posting, downloading a file, resetting a forgotten password, etc.
- KeyCAPTCHA Spam Platform – Rebutting KeyCAPTCHA.com’s Claims that Spamming is Legal
- KeyCAPTCHA “Genius” Demagoguery – Antispam Spamming Platform: Why to Buy a Spambot, Buy the Spam-thru-CAPTCHAs Share
- What Is the “first” in KeyCAPTCHA and Why to Have it Externally, i.e. Out of Control?
- August 9, 2011 -Created and published
- Sept 15, 2011 – Changed the published date to Sept 09, 2011 in order to cjange the order of posts presentations
This is something new that I did not discover immediately because Twitter is very lousy in presenting me my own tweets and the owner of twitter account is not notified about its own tweets.
Every 10-12 hours, for quite a time now, I supposedly tweet from my twitter account spam-tweets with the same content:
“Are you serious about weight loss? Read this article ASAP! <a varying URL link to a site with the same content>”
I left two tweets as a sample:
Are you serious about weight loss? Read this article ASAP! http://trustedwebnews.com
I removed access to all applications but these spam-tweets reappear, mostly at my night-hours, so I remove them in 6-8 hours after their staying in my feed under my twitter account-name!
I can login to web resources (sites, blogs, social networks, etc.) sites through a SSO (single-sign-on or single-sign-through) using Twitter, Disqus, OpenID, etc. accounts without re-typing my username and password, even after explicitly removing my access. I simply press confirm-access buttons and my cached in browser credentials are being used.
Why cannot the earlier given access be cached by the sites and re-used by hackers after I removed my access from target applications. And what about if I am presented the wrong descriptions during signing in?
And what choice I do have anyway?
There are simply no tracking of resources (sites) to which I ever signed in with Twitter.
I login with my SSO to comment, to post, etc. and then I even do not remember all such sites.
Even if I did, they mostly do not let to drop my accounts anyway
Is it a wrong question?
Tell me how to track and/or to stop spam-tweeting from my twitter account if I removed access to it to any application!
Woah! Read Those Twitter Authorizations Carefully
Spam tweets stopped
Before appearance of spam tweets I created only one derivative (through my twitter account login) account on a web site having built-in based on IPB (IP.Board) WCMS functionality of tweeting from it and republishing tweets from twitter account to that website.
And my account was banned soon after I tried to ask site’s administration team about possibility of spam tweets through my account on that web site.
I shall not indicate the URL of the site since this topic is interesting from conceptual point of view but not for tracing concrete technical or ethical breaches.
Initially. KeyCAPTCHA.com Team published in internet dozens of slandering and blackening me forum posts, blog comments, that while working in keycaptcha.com I was caught for extortion of money, which KeyCAPTCHA Team managed to push removal of all from internet. See how and in my previous article
For example, in this discussion in ipbskins.ru, KeyCAPTCHA Team insists that I have never ever worked in KeyCAPTCHA.com:
- “1. Nedodurok, Вы НИКОГДА НЕ РАБОТАЛИ в нашей организации.
2. В доменном имени невозможно работать "Вы НИКОГДА у нас НЕ РАБОТАЛИ. По поводу "преступников": мы проконсультируемся с нашими юристами о возможности приобщения так сказать"
While, here is the Google webcache of a topic in antichat.ru before removal of the end of discussion, where KeyCAPTCHA’s CEO tells the opposite :
- [Page 1]
- [Page 2] or the same from anonymizer(if the previous link failed)
“И вообще Геннадий, …
Этого человека я лично выгнал из команды KeyCAPTCHA, так как он от имени сервиса начал писать всякую фигню на форума..." "Ну вобщем я искренне надеюсь что следующие годика 3-4 Вы проведете рубя лес и шья варюжки"
- [Page 3] – available as saved copy only, can Email on request
Note, how KeyCAPTCHA.com representative, by his completely unprovoked personal insults, had converted purely technical discussion into a flame and off-topic having requested thereafter to remove it
In the article “KeyCAPTCHA – 2” tells that KeyCAPTCHA’s support (from Email: email@example.com) in response to request about information in my blog explains that while working in KeyCAPTCHA.com, I was caught extorting money from my colleague (by what?) ed-handed by police.
The true story was completely opposite. KeyCAPTCHA.com CEO threatened me to concoct criminal case against me because I reminded him his promise to sign with me the working contract.
Meanwhile, I want to remind that by Russian Labor Legislation, in case of absence of written work contract, the contract is verbal and employment is established by the fact of work itself and not by signing or not agreements.
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So, I had lied in https://keycaptchaured.wordpress.com/2011/08/25/my-top-5-free-keyword-research-tools that I would not “Press This” any more
During first 2 days after republishing, this “re-article” had 0 (zero) votes and overnight it got 17 downvotes, so I decided to comment why it is here.
This article was initially just one link, as I left on the 1st line, produced by clicking in Gloria Rand’s article “My Top 5 Free Keyword Research Tools” the WordPress.com’s blog button “Press This”.
It was my 1st and, I believe, the last experience with “Press This” if this functionality changes or I master to change it.
I did not like the fact that article appeared republished w/o giving credits to original author or its ID (whatever it is link, username, blog, webpage or avatar). It appears as mine in search results, has my own link https://keycaptchaured.wordpress.com/2011/08/25/my-top-5-free-keyword-research-tools, etc., etc.
This is the same problem as re-tweeting in twitter when a copyist (especially news bot aggregators, concentrators, etc.) receive credits becoming top twitterer, an author of a tweet on paper.li, being mentioned as an author “via”, etc., etc.
I still keep it because I need it as an illustrating example for more general article(s), I am writing now, on republishing and authors’ rights on the internet and some questions/suggestions to WP.com forums and support
And I hope the author, Gloria Rand, permitted me to keep it if I add more quotes 🙂