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Another small set of spam bots found tweeting during the #Election2016.
These were found tweeting during the RNC on 18th-19th July 2016.
#bots #twitterbots #spam #spambots
167 bots in total in the "docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d…2zVtcAKigr
pastebin of the screen names
pastebin.com/z11DKsum
noticed the original 29 due to them all having their location set to USA, screen names being lowercase with 2 digits at the end, and names matching firstname lastname pattern.
Expanded that 29 out just by searching for tweets like this:
Sometimes the bot controller failed to enter all the info needed for the tweets:
on september 11th 2015 these accounts all woke up:
whoever runs the bots sometimes doesn't try very hard, sometimes forgetting to convert special chars to ascii:
They don't bother removing the watermark from stock pictures.
Sometimes using the same picture for multiple accounts.
The bots are being controlled using a 3rd party app:
syndwire.com
The bots seem to be dormant since october, and don't seem to be doing anything other than spamming links to news articles and inserting marketing junk every once in a while.
Nothing to crazy, just your standard SEO/marketing network.
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