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Wintercat96 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist

TO ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO COMMENTED “THANK YOU FOR THE _____” ON THIS ‘DEVIANT’S’ PROFILE:


THIS IS A BOT ACCOUNT. IT IS DANGEROUS AND MASS SPAMS FAVORITES AND WATCHES IN ORDER TO LEAD PEOPLE INTO CLICKING INTO THE DANGEROUS LINK IN THEIR STATUS UP ABOVE. IT LINKS TO A DANGEROUS RANSOMWARE VIRUS WHICH WILL CORRUPT YOUR FILES AND MURDER YOUR COMPUTER. READ THESE JOURNALS FOR MORE INFORMATION!!!


IMPORTANT NEWS!!!! RANSOM WARE BOT, NEW BEHAVIORS>>>!!!THIS JOURNAL IS UPGRADED FREQUENTLY TO WARN OF FRESHLY DISCOVERED HACKED ACCOUNTS USERS SEND ME!!!<<<


Hello,
I apologize if you assume this is spam or find this reply to your, ''Thanks for the watch" comment annoying in any way. But I have brought you here to give you a friendly warning, my dear fellow deviant. I care for the safety of Deviant Art and the artists and art lovers within it. I warn you about the hijacked old deviant art accounts aggressively spreading status links followed by sexual innuendos to bait you to click it out of curiosity. These have nasty consequences when clicked on. These accounts draw your attention to their profile with a very effective tactic, by adding you to their watch. They know it's more than enough to get the typical dA user to quickly visit their profile to thank them, and the rest is up to you. The bot is hoping you click the status link out of curiosity alo
**RANSOMWARE WARNING, PLEASE READ**Good afternoon, everyone~ :meow:
Now I did promise myself some months ago that I wouldn't get involved with situations that wasn't the part of my business. However, this situation is an exception as it considers about everyone's safety on the internet.
What is the journal about anyways?

    This user, CorruptTempest created a journal some time ago to warn the deviantART users about the bots using the Russian links which has led to viruses such as the computer lagging. 
**EDIT 8/8/17 at 9:10PM EST -5**

What kind of link extension should we look out for?

You should be looking out for the following link extensions:
.ru and .pw
There could be others, but I will take a close look and see how common they are. Be cautious of those links as they may contain viruses!
**End of Edit**
Where did those bots come from anyways?
It was said that some Russians brought the old accounts on dA with the yahoo email servers and with weak passwords. These



STAY SAFE EVERYONE, AND DO NOT CLICK ON SUSPICIOUS LINKS!!

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theALMs Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, dude!
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Wintercat96 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no prob :3
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Kitty-Therapist Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconstopsignplz: STOP!!
THE ACCOUNT THAT YOU ARE THANKING FOR IS BEING USED AS A RANSOM BOT. THE ORIGINAL OWNER HAS ABANDONED OR LEFT THIS ACCOUNT A LONG TIME AGO.
DO NOT CLICK ON THEIR LINKS, THEY WILL CONTAIN A VIRUS THAT CAN ATTACK YOUR COMPUTERS.
CHECK OUT THESE TWO JOURNALS FOR MORE INFO:
IMPORTANT NEWS!!!! RANSOM WARE BOT, NEW BEHAVIORSThe same hijacked accounts are beginning to favorite artwork now. Beware, they are evolving. This is down right terrifying, concerning. What is next? Bots that comment on children's profiles with the links, give us private notes? I'm beginning to think it isn't the staff deleting the links, but the accounts are....
I have new found motivation to crack down harder on these damned things.

>>>!!!THIS JOURNAL IS UPGRADED FREQUENTLY TO WARN OF FRESHLY DISCOVERED HACKED ACCOUNTS USERS SEND ME!!!<<<

Hello,
I apologize if you assume this is spam or find this reply to your 'Thanks for the watch' comment annoying in any way. But I have brought you here to warn you, my dear fellow deviant. I care for the safety of Deviant Art and the artists and art lovers within it.

_________________________

Commonly asked questions:
Q: Why am I seeing this journal?
A: Simpl
**RANSOMWARE WARNING, PLEASE READ**Good afternoon, everyone~ :meow:
Now I did promise myself some months ago that I wouldn't get involved with situations that wasn't the part of my business. However, this situation is an exception as it considers about everyone's safety on the internet.
What is the journal about anyways?

    This user, CorruptTempest created a journal some time ago to warn the deviantART users about the bots using the Russian links which has led to viruses such as the computer lagging. 
**EDIT 8/8/17 at 9:10PM EST -5**

What kind of link extension should we look out for?

You should be looking out for the following link extensions:
.ru and .pw
There could be others, but I will take a close look and see how common they are. Be cautious of those links as they may contain viruses!
**End of Edit**
Where did those bots come from anyways?
It was said that some Russians brought the old accounts on dA with the yahoo email servers and with weak passwords. These
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auriga1 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the watch
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Kitty-Therapist Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FYI, this is the ransomware bot account. Don't bother thanking them for the watch as the original owner was unfortunately hacked after leaving / abandoning their dA account.
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CorruptTempest Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
DO NOT BOTHER THANKING THESE ACCOUNTS FOR WATCHES!!!!

The original deviant that owned this account sadly has been hacked or left long ago.
Until very recently suddenly new and strange behavior started back up as of July 27th 2017. A quick glance from anyone paying attention could tell you this is not the same person using the account. Very little research is needed to conclude these are in fact bots click fishing. Their links have the (RU) extension. (A Russian website.)
It is a click jack bot attempting to bait people to click a dangerous link to jack their account, identity, IP, and bank account. There are multiple of these accounts around, (Another few examples are cmb8484, missjonesmf, thajoker and kitjute.) they are adding people to their watch to bring attention to themselves and see their link, hoping users passing by will click it out of curiosity. An art site like Deviant Art is perfect for link fishing! So many tasty Pay Pals and bank accounts to hack here. All these accounts have many things in common, they began their mass add watching on July 27th 2017, have very little prior activity... any they did have was years ago, do not reply, add deactivated deviants, post sexual website statuses (typically a Russian extension), and add hundreds of users a day to their watch typically in 10 minute intervals.
It's not too far of a stretch to believe each of these accounts are victims of clicking on a link and themselves getting hacked and turning into another bot like some kind of virtual zombie plague or cancer.
I also have reason to believe these are accounts possibly attached to a Yahoo email account and are victims of the billion user account crack a few years ago.
Read my journal and feel free to spread the word and help report these wicked accounts so they can't bait anymore helpless children on Deviant Art.

They are mass watching deviants to bring attention to themselves and bait them to click their link when users go to 'thank' the account for watching them. The bot is not perfect, and you will notice it also some how adds banned or deactivated accounts to it's watch. It also adds inactive deviants, deviants that moved accounts, and users with no art at all.
Feel free to spread the word and help report these wicked accounts so they can't bait anymore helpless children on Deviant Art.
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scwwibbles Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for the watch
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