[Systems] Messages on sugar-meeting

Chihurumnaya Ibiam ibiamchihurumnaya at gmail.com
Fri Aug 3 09:02:28 EDT 2018

On Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 11:09 PM, James Cameron <quozl at laptop.org> wrote:

> Not much can be done; it is automatic, and outside our control.
> We are using freenode.net's community services.  freenode have a news
> item about the issue; http://freenode.net/news/spambot-attack
> My personal response; I'm not a channel operator for #sugar or
> #sugar-meeting; if I were, I'd set the channels to +r but this will
> require everyone to register with freenode.net before speaking.  It is
> easier to ignore the spam.  Setting /umode +R will block private
> spam.  Make sure GSoC students you mentor are aware of the situation.

I think that's a good idea.

> To help you understand the history of the attack, and the very angry
> and hurt people involved on both sides, here's a copy and paste from the
> #linux.conf.au channel; it is spoken with sarcasm in oz style;
> <aj> anyone know what all the freenode spam is actually about?
> <evil_steve> yeah, apparently a 'master hacker' went into a ham radio
> channel to troll people, found it to apparently be an illicit den of
> pedophila, started trolling, got kickbanned, came back with friends, they
> got klined, and then when they complained to freenode staffers about it and
> the staffers did nothing, decided the entire network was a hotbed of
> illicit activity, and fired up their botnet
> <aj> so if i ignore the "found it to apparently be an illicit den of
> pedophilia" part, that all sounds like a pretty plausible storm in a teacup
> <evil_steve> yes
> <benno> A bunch of Internet Garbage Humans are trying to do to Freenode
> what a similar bunch of Internet Garbage Humans did to James Gunn.
> ...
> <eyeoh> aj: https://freenode.net/news/spambot-attack
> <eyeoh> see this too if you really want the full run-down - follow the
> reddit references too. It's been going on for weeks now.
> https://www.dailydot.com/debug/linux-exherbo-developer-debunked/
> <eyeoh> even some hn people thought it was real because it didn't look
> like obvious spam at the time: https://news.ycombinator.com/
> item?id=17543632
> <eyeoh> unfortunately, GPG and WOT hasn't really taken off.
> <eyeoh> irc users getting pm spam might also want to /umode +R or /mode
> <username> +R
> --
> James Cameron
> http://quozl.netrek.org/



Ibiam Chihurumnaya <ibiamchihurumnaya at gmail.com>
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