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Please ban this non-poster who is a hacker.

FoodFuser Feb 8, 2011 05:17 AM

Mods, Check him out:

http://www.chow.com/profile/1226995

His name is "contact paper", and he has auto-pasted himself to read many hounds.

  1. michele cindy Feb 9, 2011 02:59 AM

    I've seen the same thing - no one reads me so I found it really unusual, there's one more isinfosec http://www.chow.com/profile/1205074, no posts from this person were ever made, yet it's like a sucker fish as someone reading me.

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    1. re: michele cindy
      sunshine842 Feb 9, 2011 03:57 AM

      isinfosec shows up as reading me, too.

      1. re: sunshine842
        michele cindy Feb 9, 2011 04:47 AM

        I looked up infosec and that is a company for training internet security.

        1. re: michele cindy
          sunshine842 Feb 9, 2011 05:04 AM

          Hmm. Wonder what *that* means.

          1. re: sunshine842
            michele cindy Feb 9, 2011 07:17 AM

            I didn't want to post their website to give them any publicity. Perhaps it's a way for CH to latch on to our every post to be sure we are keeping in line!

            1. re: michele cindy
              Gio Feb 9, 2011 07:22 AM

              I really don't think They would do that, michele cindy. OTOH, on my "who's reading me list" there is a generic blue avatar which when I click on it shows no name and doesn't open any one's profile page....(O_O)

              1. re: Gio
                michele cindy Feb 9, 2011 07:27 AM

                I wonder if everyone has one of these, sunshine842 also noticed the same one I have, "isinfosec". I'm being a bit sarcastic, there's probably a reasonable explanation.

                1. re: Gio
                  onceadaylily Feb 9, 2011 07:32 AM

                  Mine too, Gio (along with infosec). I noticed this yesterday when the contactpaper avatar cropped up.

                  I just thought it was someone who *was* reading me, but changed their mind. ;)

                  1. re: onceadaylily
                    Gio Feb 9, 2011 07:39 AM

                    Hah... now I'm feeling left out. infosec isn't reading me. LOL

                    1. re: Gio
                      Servorg Feb 9, 2011 07:46 AM

                      Just added to mine. Looks to be the same deal as Contact Paper. No content and just adding itself to hounds home/profile page as if they are "reading" them.

                      Maybe better infosec than witsec? (Just ask Mary and Marshall)

                      1. re: Servorg
                        Gio Feb 9, 2011 08:37 AM

                        I once monitored a forum that had a series of hackers selling non-prescription drugs. We were a community supported seafood organization. I would delete 5 and 12 more would appear. All with different names. It was outrageous. Finally, after conferring with colleagues it was decided that the hackers were probably only 1 or 2 people being excruciatingly annoying. The site was made private.

                        1. re: Gio
                          Servorg Feb 9, 2011 08:46 AM

                          Before Jim and Bob sold CH to C/Net there were more than a few "board bombings" by various spammers who posted 40 or 50 or more posts to multiple boards. Really an ugly mess.

          2. re: sunshine842
            BobB Feb 9, 2011 12:38 PM

            Hmm - my two latest hangers-on are also isinfosec and a blank blue unlinked icon. Not sure what it means, but as Jacquilynne pointed out, it does us no harm. And I believe they've been there for a couple of months at least.

            1. re: BobB
              BobB Feb 10, 2011 06:53 AM

              And today - isinfosec is gone! I wonder whether the mods deleted the account for misbehavior or (s)he saw this thread, realized the jig was up, and ran!

              1. re: BobB
                Servorg Feb 10, 2011 06:55 AM

                Running from ones account won't eliminate it. Only the Powers that Be can do that.

                1. re: Servorg
                  BobB Feb 10, 2011 07:37 AM

                  But you can choose to unfollow someone, which would have removed the icon from my profile page.

                  1. re: BobB
                    Servorg Feb 10, 2011 07:46 AM

                    Somehow I get the distinct feeling that Contact Paper or the other "non posting poster" Infosec, wouldn't be inclined to do that (even if the P-t-B asked them to - which they never would). So my bet in on some variation of that Arnold Schwarzenegger movie - "Eraser" being applied in this case.

                2. re: BobB
                  The Chowhound Team Feb 10, 2011 07:56 AM

                  It was something we did.

                  1. re: The Chowhound Team
                    sunshine842 Feb 10, 2011 08:30 AM

                    and we appreciate it.

          3. GraydonCarter Feb 8, 2011 06:08 PM

            Did he ever post a message? Like in Cooking Equipment he might have put in a plug for re-lining the shelves in your kitchen with contact paper, and gotten away with it since it is a legitimate kitchen discussion, and he would have wasted far less time on the project with just as fruitful results, if not moreso.

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            1. re: GraydonCarter
              sunshine842 Feb 9, 2011 12:58 AM

              but he had no actual LINK to contact paper that anyone could find....just a name.

              1. re: sunshine842
                Gio Feb 9, 2011 03:34 AM

                When I clicked on his blog address I eventually got a web site with the title Contact Paper which was like a fact sheet describing what CP was, what it was used for and a few colorful designs but no links to any other pages. It really was an advertisement. And look... we're still talking about contact paper.

            2. I used to know how to cook... Feb 8, 2011 05:34 PM

              Thank you for the quick work Jacquilynne.

              Much appreciated...

              Lucy

              1. Jacquilynne Feb 8, 2011 11:13 AM

                I've cleaned up that posters connections so he should no longer appear on your 'people reading me' list. Our best guess is that he was trying to get an SEO bump by having lots of pages link to his profile and his profile link to his site, but since we set those profile links to nofollow, there was no SEO juice to be had anyway.

                I want to assure everyone that adding you to his reading list didn't give him access to anything about your profile or information that isn't generally public. All that function does it make it a little more convenient to see people's posts -- unlike sites like Facebook, etc, we don't have varying levels of privacy for friends vs. non-friends -- so there was no security risk to your information.

                -- Jacquilynne, Community Manager for Chowhound

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                1. re: Jacquilynne
                  Chemicalkinetics Feb 8, 2011 11:36 AM

                  Thanks. That is my impression too, when I investigated the link and didn't think he was a hacker per se.

                  1. re: Jacquilynne
                    Gio Feb 8, 2011 05:14 PM

                    Thanks Jacquilynne. It's disconcerting to see something like that happen on a site we believe to be safe.

                    1. re: Jacquilynne
                      FoodFuser Feb 8, 2011 10:36 PM

                      Thanks for the fix.

                    2. invinotheresverde Feb 8, 2011 08:30 AM

                      Stuck on mine, too.

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                      1. re: invinotheresverde
                        Chemicalkinetics Feb 8, 2011 08:56 AM

                        This is beginning to sound like a song: "Stuck on me... stuck on me.... la la la"

                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                          coll Feb 9, 2011 05:09 AM

                          I'm stuck on Band Aids, because Band Aids stuck on me....now try and get that out of your head!!

                      2. HillJ Feb 8, 2011 08:09 AM

                        Thank you for reporting this FF. Looks like "contact paper" is "stuck" on CH's.

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                        1. re: HillJ
                          Gio Feb 8, 2011 08:13 AM

                          I'm thinking CH's not stuck on him, though.

                        2. The Chowhound Team Feb 8, 2011 07:02 AM

                          Thanks for the report. We're investigating the situation.

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                          1. re: The Chowhound Team
                            Servorg Feb 8, 2011 07:31 AM

                            I did a little sampling and "he" has added himself to every hound I looked at. He really must be busy reading every chowhound's post on this site... ;-D>

                            1. re: Servorg
                              Servorg Feb 8, 2011 08:02 AM

                              It looks to me as if this person is on everyone's page that has ever posted on Site Talk. Maybe not, but that's what it appears to be.

                            2. re: The Chowhound Team
                              l
                              lbs Feb 8, 2011 08:10 AM

                              It's on mine too.

                            3. Gio Feb 8, 2011 06:57 AM

                              A few of my cyber CH friends who are otherwise occupied have told me they also have been Stuck, so I'll just quote them: +2

                              1. Veggo Feb 8, 2011 06:53 AM

                                I have it, also. The same thing happened about 3 years ago, some interloper calling himself "StephanP" ( #167291) left the identical message, and is still on my reader list.

                                1. onceadaylily Feb 8, 2011 06:50 AM

                                  I saw that this morning, but when I clicked on the icon CH froze up.

                                  1. scoopG Feb 8, 2011 06:45 AM

                                    I think Contact Paper is stuck on every posters profile wall! Even Sam's.

                                    1. I used to know how to cook... Feb 8, 2011 06:29 AM

                                      Me too.

                                      1. Gio Feb 8, 2011 06:25 AM

                                        Yup... He's stuck himself to my profile wall.

                                        1. Chemicalkinetics Feb 8, 2011 06:20 AM

                                          How do we know he/she is a hacker per sa.

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                                          1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                                            Gio Feb 8, 2011 06:35 AM

                                            check out its blog address...

                                            1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                                              FoodFuser Feb 8, 2011 06:48 AM

                                              ChemKin,

                                              I would love to play Poker with you.

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