Mass Account Creation – Steem Abuse?

in abuse •  last year


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Hello Steemians!
Today I found something strange on steemd.
Within 3 hours there was a mass account creation with delegations from Steem. I found more than 100 cases.
Here are some examples:


Prefix “trunk”
https://steemd.com/tx/6961b8d115d9add8f2d8d0d78a33616e31978c7d
https://steemd.com/tx/1b5311ecd422ce35f2f6c293570629abc9fff154
https://steemd.com/tx/1c21374ba40451b15bdfff03426b290532f7ac0e
https://steemd.com/tx/1f679a00ff469163cf77fd8f712f13c9397e8c85
https://steemd.com/tx/6b5f9f02f7dc7fc980bb25694a8e4e10d7674549
https://steemd.com/tx/834c263b75f2a41196b35353a31f629679de1814
https://steemd.com/tx/f4f41b9d94a3be3faf9f6e252f75d20fe8f66a6c
https://steemd.com/tx/9dbd0cc924b7f4f387422a688f1113ae5932a861
https://steemd.com/tx/7d4126ec751a7b3611aa3cb63e65b775780e8d0a
https://steemd.com/tx/a6729fe53c682312eaa351a6efb57ca5cbe93c45
https://steemd.com/tx/e5f29b7ead7510423b70b7dfa2dc189078c6c07e
https://steemd.com/tx/4fd2bc4f3a204534712951627bec3efb47a54cf5
https://steemd.com/tx/61f65cb15d6be3e81a4fda379745208f4b839fbb


Prefix “prefix”:
https://steemd.com/tx/c0a234afc2e751f94ae691ab6cbd81ba15d6760a
https://steemd.com/tx/9e69f6dd35b31950e4a59241b8cbb42eee2dd438
https://steemd.com/tx/eb008db225072754ef9b0972ec39b96ee216a6e8
https://steemd.com/tx/eb008db225072754ef9b0972ec39b96ee216a6e8
https://steemd.com/tx/14fe67ce89d9c71385e0008b48deedaff101cf03
https://steemd.com/tx/22b943d0e82df8a7f9be84b50bf1731f929769e1
https://steemd.com/tx/96cc8735183a47c511f87e3649d90fef6e912e12
https://steemd.com/tx/9622bb6068fcb3b025ea73654391d8a69f03c709
https://steemd.com/tx/c3e8625b804e93e612626a3742d446752892558c
https://steemd.com/tx/838c025421a103b689f8354001825d902a7bae8b
https://steemd.com/tx/1f458739db6848fb4dc8e9ec245151f2bf89c604
https://steemd.com/tx/5bed96754690039a4ae2ba07c86cc0b6eb22a128
https://steemd.com/tx/65bdfb94f6a53e1ae9c27402a44fb5fda9ef5aac
https://steemd.com/tx/078a97e177efb32a878ae82fe0039734e37e263a


Prefix “hybrid”:
https://steemd.com/tx/9a9d856c0c736975cf5a3cfc3c58cbc222e95858
https://steemd.com/tx/0a9289d7dc8befb0d642eaa3040dddf469e4265b
https://steemd.com/tx/f1e302b920423044d468cd156273ada8c6fd57e6
https://steemd.com/tx/dcb409f61e3a13a5727dafc5680619af27d112c1
https://steemd.com/tx/ca797a3b663f1707a1977f9f1432725fcd396bf4
https://steemd.com/tx/c783ba6957ad3015d1a8a08178d1eb7b837c45c7
https://steemd.com/tx/0a5346f2b11b0251d89897a2cd24d1f89a9679fd
https://steemd.com/tx/bb11166343ba928420312cb3ac008bd33fe1a8b0
https://steemd.com/tx/e8ea428481c43e4c8b182895532305c32bb5dc80
https://steemd.com/tx/3c05a295e84c5d318ddfe142cac85b5bd6a2380a


Prefix “routing”:
https://steemd.com/tx/761f10988a9389a194936f477819508daf4db13f
https://steemd.com/tx/547a60737084b49e5a4125cd1fa421dde7316581
https://steemd.com/tx/dc8036c2882e776e5b1017815b65c9cabbf86252
https://steemd.com/tx/7edaaf70113f278a0794bdc44342af7f4b6951ef
https://steemd.com/tx/4bbf7b7933d674d7bb8fd6d812fb130c21c21669
https://steemd.com/tx/fdbf5ed3b46329ece347232b700f4ba64e5701f2
https://steemd.com/tx/4a10bcce2da7027203d8261dd883293d561ac5e0
https://steemd.com/tx/501a62f3f76512c7f0b0a3d71307163799ce9c25
https://steemd.com/tx/59bb8f4b3d7c68c33af95a91800b0b8c66f7a2cc
https://steemd.com/tx/4da76ae2edb2cb54837d9afbeea082de08f22edf


List goes on. There are only examples.
Full list was send to @steemcleaners.

We all want this platform to be filled with good content and to do so, we need more creative people. This kind of behaviour, not only blocks new accounts to be created but also seems like someone is trying to do some shady stuff. I’m leaving this to your attention.



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suspicious indeed. i wonder what those are for.
i waited for weeks to get my account. that seems unfair.

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I know what you feel. My friends are waiting too. That's why this stuff came to my attention.

That fact that I don;t really understand enough yet to identify potential abuse doesn't matter - the fact that YOU care enough to observe, alert, share, post and care about the future of STEEM and our blockchain is one of the things that will help to ensure it flourishes and grows. Kudos to you from Thailand.

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I am with you there. What use case do you suspect it would be used for, spamming?

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Could be that, or pushing a certain interest-idea-product-business? Or vote-payout manipulation. I'm far too new and uneducated in steem (today is day 44 only for me!) to say. :)

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One simple answer - selling accounts. Creating lot of traffic in making them for free, so everyone is waiting long and I can offer selling them.

Second - every account gets delegation of 15SP. Take couple of hundreds of them, implement a script, and upvote one specific user to get money of reward poll.

Those are from the top of my head...

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damn... makes sense

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Here I've put some more examples of abuse.

It seems really very strange, thanks for reporting this to the steemians:)

This seems too obvious to be malicious. The names sounds like they could be used in programming functions. Perhaps these accounts will be utilized for SMTs or Hivemind.

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First batch was blacklisted by @steemcleaners. I don't think that witness will not be aware of this kind of stuff (SMT or Hive). Since last 24h I've uncovered another 160+ accounts and reported them. Time will tell but my suspicion is farming accounts for sale, since there is high demand...we'll see...

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Good to know @steemcleaners is doing their job!

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I signed up one day and was approved the next, doesn't sound to high demand to me.

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I have some friends who are now waiting for two or even three weeks for account. You were lucky ;)

This sort of behavior makes me a little cynical about the platform's future TBH, but here's to snuffing the abusers out of their den.

Upvoted and Resteemed for posterity.

can i please get a follow guys?:D

It's cool that there's people like you trying to weed out the bad. Keeping it legit! I'm not tech savvy so this kind of stuff flies over my head but I'm all for original and honest content. A GREAT content producer that's HONEST should win out in the end I feel. what do you think.

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Yes, but we all have to watch for this kind of things. Also we have to look for spam, phishing, illegal content and shitposting here, because good content can increase network value and investors. Bad has very negative impact as everything on steem/steemit is public and open.