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Hello Russians, Ukranians, Who are You?

I notice that people who have been adding me as a friend are posting in what looks like Russian language. Hello! Why are you interested in my posts? Who are you? Do you know each other? What is it that you are interested in? What do you believe in? Since I cannot read your posts, I know nothing about you.

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hausfrauatu
Oct. 30th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
Usually, they are 'bots. If they don't reply quickly delete them before they send you a ton of spam or use your LJ as a back door into your e-mail account.
liveonearth
Oct. 30th, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
Eeek! Bots, huh. They can get into my email from here? I don't add them back, because what's the point of adding someone I can't read?

But they do post. And sometimes they respond to my inquiries.
neptunia67
Oct. 31st, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
Probably bots, and best to block them and/or report them, especially if you see that they have very few posts and comments in their profile.
liveonearth
Oct. 31st, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
OK, someone else said this. How many counts as very few? And can these bots really access my email? What else can they do? What IS a bot? Pardon my ignorance.
neptunia67
Oct. 31st, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
Very few = less than 50, in my book.

A bot is a program that is designed to do an automated task. In the case of malicious LJ bots, they try to gain access to personal information by "friending" accounts (probably thousands at a time). Friending them back allows them access to information in your locked posts. Once a bot has access to your posts, it will spider through them to glean information. You might think there's nothing for them to see, but a lot of people put a lot of very personal information into their posts.

At the very least, a malicious bot will try to find valid email addresses to add to spamming lists. They won't be able to actually access your email. That's on a different system that friending them will not give access to.

There are plenty of legitimate bots, as well, but they don't ask to be added to your friends lists.

Here's a page that lists LJ's bot policies - as you can see there are a lot of automated tasks going on that we're not aware of. That's the danger of posting things to a system that's not your own. Your information is at the mercy of what they will and will not allow on their system.
liveonearth
Oct. 31st, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
So if I don't friend them, they can't access my private posts? Or is there some way that they can beat LJ security?
neptunia67
Oct. 31st, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
Correct. There's always the chance that somebody will hack LJ security for access to private posts, but I'd imagine LJ has a pretty good security person or team watching out for that kind of stuff. They also rely on us to report things that seem odd, such as somebody who only posts and comments in a Cyrillic language friending somebody who obviously only speaks English.
liveonearth
Oct. 31st, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
Cool. I *always* look at the journals of those who friend me and if their posts are not in a language I can understand, I don't add them. What's the point? I also don't add people whose subject matter isn't of interest.

Ah, and thanks to you I've become aware that this word is not part of my vocabulary, but it should be:

Cyrillic alphabet = an alphabet derived from the Greek alphabet and used for writing Slavic languages (Russian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Ukrainian, and some other Slavic languages)
neptunia67
Oct. 31st, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
Ah. So it's actually "Cyrillic alphabet" which is used to write "Slavic languages"... very good. We both learned something today. :-D
neptunia67
Oct. 31st, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
Ah, see? Now you're getting responses from real people. These people are not bots! They're responding to your posts with reasonable responses. Bots don't do that.
taksist_artist
Oct. 31st, 2010 04:41 am (UTC)
scary, scary bot...
Hello!
Why do I get you in my friend list? You visit my journal ones where I mention something about Anusara. I read your profile, love it, impressed by interests, quotes. That were enough to get you to my friend list
I am Russian, or at least came from Moscow some 19 years ago to US. And live now in New York. By the way, what is bot? (or just how bad it is?)
I am yogi, Anucara goer. Massage therapist.
Russian is more comfortable to write in. I am not the only Russian reading the journal? That is interesting...
liveonearth
Oct. 31st, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
Re: scary, scary bot...
My friends tell me to be wary of Russian language users who add me as a friend, because they are "probably bots". I am sure you are not a bot, and I am glad you are here. I am not sure about the others, because they don't respond to me when I ask them questions. If you want to read more about bots, check out the comments that others have made on this entry.
taksist_artist
Oct. 31st, 2010 04:45 am (UTC)
oh, one of your post really strike me when you quote somebody "best help to poor, not to became one of them
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