[ckan-discuss] Spam on the data hub

Ross Jones ross.jones at okfn.org
Wed Aug 8 18:38:47 BST 2012


David and I have just done a little tidying up in the database and removed the recently added spam.  We're just rebuilding the search index to make sure they are gone, and so it should all be back to normal shortly.


On 8 Aug 2012, at 17:25, Richard Cyganiak wrote:

> On 7 Aug 2012, at 19:30, Rufus Pollock wrote:
>>> Looks like there was another big spam attack on the Data Hub a couple of days ago. There are some 2000 spam datasets. Look at the revision list, circa pages 16 to 121. Looks like it all happened between August 1 and August 3.
>> We discovered it Friday morning and after various unsuccessful
>> attempts to block shut it down Friday evening.
>>> I started cleaning some of it up, but had to give up when I realized just how much it is.
>> Yes :-/
>>> The user names and dataset IDs follow a predictable pattern, so I guess someone with access to the backend could script something to clean this up?
>> Exactly. We're working on this and it should be gone in the next day or so.
> Ok. Looks like it's still there, but good to hear you're working on it.
>> I think the only real solution is vigilance and dealing quick with bad
>> attacks like this one as quickly as possible when they happen.
> A good first step would be to automatically log all edits to an IRC channel, and ensure that some people with sysadmin privileges actually hang out there.
> Best,
> Richard
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