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Please ban this non-poster who is a hacker.

Mods, Check him out:


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

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

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      1. re: Chemicalkinetics


        I would love to play Poker with you.

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

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

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

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

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                    1. re: The Chowhound Team

                      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

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

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                        1. re: HillJ

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

                          1. re: invinotheresverde

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

                            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

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

                          2. 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

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

                              1. re: Jacquilynne

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

                                1. Thank you for the quick work Jacquilynne.

                                  Much appreciated...


                                  1. 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

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

                                      1. re: sunshine842

                                        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'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

                                        isinfosec shows up as reading me, too.

                                        1. re: sunshine842

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

                                            1. re: sunshine842

                                              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

                                                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

                                                  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

                                                    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

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

                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                        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

                                                          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

                                                            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

                                              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

                                                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

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

                                                  1. re: Servorg

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

                                                    1. re: BobB

                                                      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.