Warning: Spam bots and porn bots!

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3-14-19: Here is a list of all found bots for easier reading, since this journal is getting cluttered!

As of 6-24-19; I will only be updating the list I've linked below. There's a lot of information on here so the list of found bots will not be updated on this journal, but instead here:

Full list of bots [for easy reading]
FAQ
Q.) I found a bot! 
A.) To get them added to the list, comment a link to their account and link(s) of proof of them spamming. 
Q.) You could report them you know, why is this needed?
A.) Since dA staff really don't care, this journal is set up to warn others not to fall for their tricks, along to warn the community; along to encourage to report them. I do report as I find them, but deviantart only does squat if many reports pile in instead of one from experience. Due to the dA staff not taking care of their own site, it's up to us (the community) to protect the site.
Q.) How do I report an account? 
A.) Go to this link, and file a report. Provide all comments of the account you're reporting. https://contact.deviantartsupport.com/en
MASTERLIST OF FOUND BOTS
Porn bots
Here is some evidence on what they do: 

(Explained by





New update: Seems like accounts are getting deactivated, but now we got "porn bots" running around and Faving random stuff and watching random people. Information can be found towards the bottom!


EDIT: Don't copy and paste this journal into a new one when sharing. Use. The. Thumb. Code. Or. Link. Sorry if this sounds rude, but that's one way of cluttering inboxes for people with mentions, along myself not being informed IF YOU FIND anything new. It's also just down right rude and disrespectful overall, stealing all the hard work from ALL THE PEOPLE who worked to put this information together. Again, I apologize for my rudeness but PLEASE, READ CAREFULLY.

Plus by doing that, it makes it look like a hoax when this is indeed a real issue on Deviantart.



Edit
: I've been getting dive-bombed by trolls after warning the community about this. If you're here to harass me for just informing the community, read this section:

1.) Here's the difference between real artists joining groups innocently and bots spamming groups at 100 MPH, as told by SilverCreekEquestria :
I mean i sure find it suspicious to get people joining my groups that have no reason to be joining the group, shouldnt even be joining, have been on dA for a very short amount of time and suspiciously join 20 completely different group that have nothing in common or within their own gallery of stolen art. Yeah, not even slightly odd. 
Not to mention here's the evidence of where the bots are stealing art, to make them LOOK like they're real:
comments.deviantart.com/1/7107…
Bots do these things such as purchasing core, setting icons, and stealing art to prevent them from being caught. A human being cannot spam hundreds of invites in a minute.

2.) These journal's purpose is to inform, not command. I'm not forcing you to block/do anything. 

3.) It takes less energy to press the back button, rather then throwing a hissy fit at me. I am not here to babysit you.

(I needed to add this ontop of this journal because getting bombed by trolls/kids is starting to get a little annoying.)



-WARNING-WARNING-WARNING-


If you got a notification of this account joining your group: universartist.deviantart.com/
please block and kick them from your group. They are a bot, and this shall explain what they do, along what to do if you'd like to get rid of them from your groups.



How do I report a spam/Porn bot?


Here's the link to file a report: contact.deviantartsupport.com/…n

- Be sure to mention the site's own rules they're violating about spamming: www.deviantartsupport.com/en/a… I mention the rule a user is violating, and I tend to get more successful reports.
- Also mention this FAQ: help.deviantart.com/295/ and mention they're by passing "Vote-in" process and automatically letting themselves in anyways.

How to I block someone from a group?


If you're a founder/co-founder with these permissions, here's how you block people from joining and interacting in your group:
1.) go to "Admin area" in the top tags on your group page
2.) Click "Manage members" on the left of the Admin area page.
3.) On the left of "Manage members", there is a section called "Blocked", click it.
4.) Type/paste the username you'd wish to ban from your group in the box. Hit "Block" and their username and icon should appear immediately if done correctly. 
If you're not a founder along being a co-founder and not allowed to block others, please contact the founder and show them this journal. If the founder has been deactivated for over a month, I suggest contacting deviantart to ask to be a founder of the group.

How to I block someone from my account?


- Hover over your username on top of the dA page
- Settings
- General Settings
- Blocked Users = here you type the name of the person you want to block. Once typed in, press save and they should be blocked.
- To block multiple users, type 1 username and press enter, repeat. Entering after typing a username separates them. 
:new: Here's a visual reference by wondermanrules !
How to Block Someone on DA by wondermanrules

How do I spread this/help?


- Including this journal in your group (On the left, scroll down until you find a "Add to group" function.)
- Copy and pasting the journal's URL into a status update and even in your journal. (Copy URL from your browser OR the thumbcode.)
- Notifying me if you've found any other evidence along with accounts.

PLEASE do NOT copy and paste the entire information of this journal into a new one. That is how important information gets lost to even have false information added, to where others will see it just a rumor when it's EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. This happened before when I was spreading information of a now-taken down ring of different spam bots a few years ago.





Here is the FULL masterlist of group spammers, it is still unconfirmed that they're all related. It's been noted that they steal art to make their account look 'Legit' . :new: Evidence that these bot accounts steal art: comments.deviantart.com/4/4390…


NejiShadowAdopts explains more, spreading Poetic-Dragon's finds:
comments.deviantart.com/4/4390…

Reposting from Poetic-Dragon who's comment keeps getting lost

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Reposting my comment from 8 hours ago to the top of this comment thread again since people can't see it anymore and think it is a real account. THIS IS A BOT/FAKE ACCOUNT. LOOK AT THE ACTIVITY: it is spam joining any and every group it can within seconds of each other (according to its stats: UniversArtist watches 26,751 deviants; those are groups, not actual deviants). This account has also posted stolen artwork that belongs to the game company Big Fish Games (I have reported them to BFG and they are looking into the matter). My comment from 8 hours ago:




While I can't confirm it is this same person, this is another spam-joiner account now spamming group joins. They attempted to join the exact same group bertaschultz.deviantart.com/ and bertadeviantartqueen.deviantar… did (a group that's been inactive for close to two years).

Copying and pasting my comments from those pages. Do not welcome this person, just block/kick and move on. This person has even threatened and harassed a few people in the comments on these two Berta profiles. I can no longer find the comment that was on one those profiles where someone called out a few of the other spam accounts, so I cannot unfortunately give you those names.

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(I posted this comment as warning 6 days ago on both Berta accounts)
Spammer. This and another account by this person are spamming group joins (just scroll through and read the pages of comments). They are NOT interested in the actual groups and what these groups are doing. They are literally going thru, spamming join on any group they find, often sending several requests over several hours from either account; even spamming join requests on groups that have been inactive/dead for months/years. 

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comment thread of interestcomments.deviantart.com/4/4386…

Here's even more evidence:
comments.deviantart.com/4/4386…


There has been reports of this Bot letting themselves in and bypassing the "Vote-in member" process.
Meaning: They SOMEHOW auto-accepted themselves when their invites has to be voted. This happened to my groups, so I kicked and banned all their accounts just in case. 

This just didn't happen to me only, there's more evidence that this happened to other users:

They did that to one of my groups, and I'm honestly confused and concerned.

Here's more concerning things about this if interested:

12-1-17: Apparently a new ring of bots are here. Porn bots adding random stuff to their favorites. 

Toxicodex has got hit by them recently, getting unwanted favorites by these bots. One of them has been deactivated, but one is still running on the loose. However, there isn't any evidence if these bots are connected to the group ones, but it will be updated if ANY evidence comes clear. 

:new:Here is some evidence on what they do: 
DO NOT SEARCH UP LINK [just in case] by K-9-Dog
  • (Explained by PoppyseedMuffiin, who also found the evidence!) www.deviantart.com/comments/1/…
  • Some of these bots have stolen art in their galleries, to try and make their account look "real". DO NOT FALL FOR THIS. THIS IS A TACTIC USED TO TRY AND GET AWAY WITH THIS. If you know where they got the art from, contact the original artist so they can file a DMCA.
  • Taisia38537 (Deactivated)
  • Veronica49919 (deactivated)
  • :new: as of 11-5-18: fakergt
  • :new: 2-24-19: tracie2g892
  • vanessabullock (Deactivated)
  • deadbody12345 (Deactivated)
  • cinajo
  • Library21407
  • :new: as of 6/24/19: @shubhamsomani24
  • :new: as of 6/24/19: @shallager

:new: Advertising bots

Yep, new bots. They spam annoying ads on random deviations. DO NOT CLICK THE LINK IN PROOF PROVIDED: www.deviantart.com/comments/1/…


TL;DR:


These accounts has been found spamming groups, bypassing the "Vote-in" join requests, stealing art to make their accounts look Legit. These are all confirmed spam accounts, it's unknown if they're all the same bot/person. Block and kick them from all your groups, do not interact with them. Spread the word if you can. If you are hit by them, send in a spam report: contact.deviantartsupport.com/…
:new: If you're here to throw a hissy fit/troll me, then I suggest pressing the back button. I don't babysit, sorry. I don't know why you're here to waste your time when this is just informational. :/

:new: IF YOU FIND A NEW ONE, PLEASE COMMENT AND TELL ME WHAT THEY'RE DOING. I don't want to accidentally warn others about those who are innocent!

:new: There has been annoying porn bots running around, adding random stuff to their favorites and randomly watching people. It's best if you block and report them, and DON'T thank them for things. If your art gets faved by them, block and report them: contact.deviantartsupport.com/…

:new:Here is some evidence on what they do: 
DO NOT SEARCH UP LINK [just in case] by K-9-Dog

Known porn bot accounts

  • Taisia38537 (Deactivated)
  • Veronica49919 (deactivated)
  • fakergt 
  • :new: as of 11-5-18: fakergt
  • :new: 2-24-19: tracie2g892
  • vanessabullock (Deactivated)
  • deadbody12345 (Deactivated)
  • cinajo
  • Library21407

:new: Advertising bots

Yep, new bots. They spam annoying ads on random deviations. DO NOT CLICK THE LINK IN PROOF PROVIDED: www.deviantart.com/comments/1/…



Special thanks to those who find all those accounts, evidence and help to tackle these ring of spam bots. Without them, these spam bots would've done a lot more damage. 
| Poetic-Dragon | NejiShadowAdopts | Kitteh-Pawz | stargazingjedi | PhillTheFab | anezumi | Toxicodex | Gyrforce |
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I got a comment by 4sa7quctj5 saying "Hey check out my nudes photos there: *Insert link*

Im pretty sure it was a bot, I was rather unsettleed so i blocked them and erased the comment... But Im scared to encounter a similar comment in the fture

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Daxx-LorenzoProfessional General Artist
This Porn-Bot, Lauren 5662, just 'noted' me with the message "want free porn? You has all girls"
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I think the porn bots might be e-girls
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JoyofCrimeArtHobbyist Digital Artist
Is there anything I can do to stop this? I can block all the ones listed but that won't stop them making more accounts. I don't know what to do. 
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SwaggieVortex733VAHobbyist Digital Artist
There's a new one apparently:
www.deviantart.com/dwdad1848
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Are you still updating the list in your Sta.sh? It seems a very short list and I don't see any date of change.
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K-9-DogHobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there! Sorry about that, I took an unexpected hatius so I'll be updating it soon <3
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DarkmaidScazHobbyist General Artist
Might as well add a mr igorcostagomes to the list. (Caught sight of a commentator questioning why a love site would want to fave any of her work.)
It looks like a bot account. All faves, no actual art or anything else. It's got me rather worried. How long have these bots been going on exactly?
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LittleMissDevil21 General Artist
DOES THE STAFF KNOW ABOUT THIS?
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VeryKittyHobbyist Digital Artist
Here are a bunch that have spammed me

HotCakesAsh
harheathcwilic1989
kirchfarfeeefi1995
laullanovmae1991
riorilogo1991
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LittleMissDevil21 General Artist
Thanks! blocked all of them. 
MrNate2015's avatar
MrNate2015Student Traditional Artist
Found a porn bot: CharmingCourt 
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localtanukiProfessional Digital Artist
i get a bot commenting on my art every couples hours its so annoying and gross :”/
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VeryKittyHobbyist Digital Artist
I have too, and its constantly always a different account that gets made the same day the comments are made
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GhosteIIeHobbyist Traditional Artist
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blueswansongStudent General Artist
andremertes is a favourite spam bot. There's a link on their profile leading to a fake website.
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LeleTheTurtleHobbyist Digital Artist
edvard92 is a fave bot. He commented on a lot of LGBTQ+ drawings stating "Come masturbate with me". He's been on this site for a month, and I'm surprised nobody's doing something about it.
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blueswansongStudent General Artist
www.deviantart.com/strupps
www.deviantart.com/thedjsofa
www.deviantart.com/silvermotio…
All hacked accounts used by the bots that have favourited my works. I hope this isn't a Tumblr part 2.
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blueswansongStudent General Artist
They're basically fave bots.
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