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:
email@example.com bgdfccd bgdfccd
firstname.lastname@example.org fordino fordino
email@example.com huntube huntube
firstname.lastname@example.org dsfef dsfef
email@example.com kcpticx kcpticx
firstname.lastname@example.org dgsd dgsd
email@example.com Odysseus Searles Odysseus Searles
firstname.lastname@example.org Rei Rei
email@example.com Osric Aschach Osric Aschach
firstname.lastname@example.org Jael Jael
email@example.com Denver Denver
firstname.lastname@example.org Jason Jason
email@example.com Brady Brady
firstname.lastname@example.org Nyoko Nyoko
email@example.com Gavrie Gavrie
firstname.lastname@example.org Cournane Cournane
email@example.com Samuel Samuel
firstname.lastname@example.org hjnyzlavgbg hjnyzlavgbg
email@example.com 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,