- ajaxlines.newsvine.com [inactive]
- fatmashareef.newsvine.com [inactive]
- moataz-sabry2000.newsvine.com [deleted]
- nadadodo69.newsvine.com [inactive]
- raghdatorab.newsvine.com [inactive]
- raghdatorab-2.newsvine.com [inactive]
- raghdatorab-3.newsvine.com [active]
- samatorab.newsvine.com [deleted]
The ajaxlines spammers, eight accounts that are likely the same person, have been self-seeding from a small group of domains that are owned by two people.
It's worth noting that these are just a handful of the accounts connected to ajaxlines. When I first spotted the raghdatorab account, Calvin noted that the owner had been connected to a lot of multiple accounts at the time. I can only assume there are a hell of a lot more that I haven't spotted.
Moustafa, Alaa El-Din firstname.lastname@example.org
35 Abd Rdees Street
Alexandria, alex 12345
Torab, Magdy email@example.com
123 Taaweniat Semoha,
Alexandria, alex 123
irange.net is the key that connects them, as it runs nearly all of the sites and developed ajaxlines.com and ajaxprojects.com, claiming to outright own the latter. Several of the sites also partner link to each other.
Then there's the amazing coincidence of four of the spam accounts having the name 'Torab' attached to them, just like one of the domain owners.
You could put the behaviour down to self-seeding, which is dodgy enough, until you take a closer look at the content of most of the sites. All, barring irange.net, are running Google ads that are tied to two accounts. Taking a quick look through each of these sites, they appear to be populated with stolen content. We've now gone from simple self-seeding to Adsense scamming.
Don't think that Newsvine is unique in being a spam magnet either. raghdatorab is connected to a lot of other sites that are being spammed with the same content as Newsvine.
The ajaxlines accounts, most likely all created by Raghda Torab, have been spamming Newsvine and many other social media sites for more than a year. Newsvine seems unique in actually doing something about the spammer. As soon as one account is locked, Raghda creates another and spams again.
She's been repeatedly warned, had accounts locked, seeds deleted and accounts deleted. Yet she keeps coming back. Even if her currently live accounts are killed off, it will be worth keeping an eye out for future spamming under new names.