This is an odd thing that's been bugging me for a while, and I was wondering if anyone had any insight into it.
Through the subscription form on our website, we get a LOT of bogus subscriptions that follow the same basic format. The email address is usually [gibberish]@[gibberish].com; the name is always the same word repeated twice - sometimes [gibberish], sometimes a real name.
Here are some recent examples, all from the last few days:
firstname.lastname@example.org bgdfccd bgdfccd
email@example.com fordino fordino
firstname.lastname@example.org huntube huntube
email@example.com dsfef dsfef
firstname.lastname@example.org kcpticx kcpticx
email@example.com dgsd dgsd
firstname.lastname@example.org Odysseus Searles Odysseus Searles
email@example.com Rei Rei
firstname.lastname@example.org Osric Aschach Osric Aschach
email@example.com Jael Jael
firstname.lastname@example.org Denver Denver
email@example.com Jason Jason
firstname.lastname@example.org Brady Brady
email@example.com Nyoko Nyoko
firstname.lastname@example.org Gavrie Gavrie
email@example.com Cournane Cournane
firstname.lastname@example.org Samuel Samuel
email@example.com hjnyzlavgbg hjnyzlavgbg
firstname.lastname@example.org trasetube trasetube
Of course, these bogus addresses all bounce out eventually, but they cost me a penny each, and the annoy me no end.
I've been assuming that these were the work of some bot, since they seem algorithmically generated, and who would go to the trouble of doing all this by hand? Further, I've been speculating that there may be some sort of exploit or attempt to compromise the email database behind it. Otherwise I can't see the point. Unless it's simply to annoy me.
Anyway, we're getting a lot of these, and it's getting worse. I periodically weed them out by hand, but that's a pain too.
Has anyone else seen this sort of thing? Any insight into what it's all about? Any info that anyone can share would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Yes I have seen this and have been equally annoyed. They are as far as I know results of some stupid robot and you shall have to put on one of these smart question based verification formulas in order to avoid it. Or some better login form which will allow you to make certain that anyone who wants to register has to be verified by you. Which is a bore of course, so the best solution is a verification which is based on human interaction,