Weird followers

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  • #3105135

    fstat
    Staff

    Hi lfwilliamswa,

    I know this is incredibly annoying, but I also want to reassure you that there is no way these spam followers can put your site, your content or your private account data in any danger. It just increases the number of email notifications WordPress.com needs to send out for each new post, so if anything it’s an attempted attack on us trying to overload our email servers, not on your site.

    #3105260

    I have had several of the odd looking email (e.g:(email redacted).) ‘followers’ over the past several days and today a note that there was an attempted sign in to my blog from another province. I do not see the followers in my email followers list.

    #3105262

    Thank you..and do I ignore the attempted sign in from another province? I

    #3105266

    godswisper
    Member

    Just wondering, could it be that some staff members either from the Google Console team (who are supposed to use robots to map out our webpages as requested by us) or even from wordpress themselves who need to visit our platforms for techinical reasons, have to access them through such portals and then the system generates that kind of alert as a result?
    If this is the case, then wordpress just has to spell it out. I personally don’t think it’s a big deal.
    If this is not the case, then would it be possible that we’re being ‘watched’ either by competitors to wordpress or worse…?

    #3105274

    jgroub
    Member

    What I find interesting is that I put forth a solution to the problem a few posts back and never received a reply: Why not just put in one of those “I am not a robot” checkers when someone goes to subscribe to a post? How hard would that be? And boom, problem solved!

    Why isn’t WordPress responding to this very simple suggestion?

    #3105281

    They think you might be a robot.

    #3105321

    lfwilliamswa
    Member

    FSAT:

    If that is the case, then that explains why none of us are seeing these attempts in our followers tab. Comforting.

    As long as they can’t “back-door” into the platform, there is no vulnerability, I guess.

    Thank you for your reply.

    #3105332

    jgroub
    Member

    Simple question – why not put in a “Are you a robot?” barrier to new subscribers? That would completely solve the problem. What’s preventing that?

    #3105334

    That’s a good idea! Let’s hope wordpress admin take it on board. I’m sure wordpress would like us to continue with our sites with minimal fuss.

    #3105361

    why are they all OUTLOOK addresses?

    #3105362

    This is my site: welcometoreadblog.wordpress.com
    I am having the same issue. Got nearly 5-6 followers in last couple of days. Here are a few :
    (email redacted), (email redacted), (email redacted), (email redacted).
    What action needs to be taken on this? Is my site under risk?

    #3105408

    Hi, I’m still facing the issue of outlook-email followers. Is there anyway it can be resolved?

    #3105412

    lfwilliamswa
    Member

    Per WordPress Support:

    I know this is incredibly annoying, but I also want to reassure you that there is no way these spam followers can put your site, your content or your private account data in any danger. It just increases the number of email notifications WordPress.com needs to send out for each new post, so if anything it’s an attempted attack on us trying to overload our email servers, not on your site.

    NOTE: These are annoying, but appear to have already been BLOCKED on the WordPress side.

    #3105445

    bevlandgren
    Member

    barbstruestories I would not ignore and attempted sign in. I would change my password if I were you. This thread is addressing weird “followers”, WordPress is taking care of those by deleting them as soon as they follow a blog.

    #3105505

    Exactly same thing is happening. I got 6 outlook followers with weird long addresses in the past 3 days. And another problem is I am not able to view them to remove/block them.

    The blog I need help with is
    https://enigmaticquerencia.wordpress.com

    #3105516

    In the past 48 hours I have had a steady stream of new email followers with odd email addresses.
    So I just delete these do I?

    #3105560

    Hi guys

    So pleased I’ve found this thread. I have been getting loads of these outlook.com followers too: (email redacted); (email redacted); (email redacted); (email redacted) to name a few.

    Why would anyone want to spam a wordpress blog?

    Is the only option to go through and delete followers? I actually nearly missed a couple of genuine followers when going through these!

    #3105564

    Just to add to the above, after reading through the posts on here I decided to remove the latest email followers. However, I can’t locate them? They are not showing in “email followers” in the “People” tab? Am I looking in the correct place?

    #3105589

    Hi keyimagephotographers –

    What you are seeing is the expected behavior. These are not real followers they are spam. Because of that we are removing them as they come in, so they don’t actually make it to your blog as a follower. I hope that helps.

    #3105590

    lemonsandspuds –

    You do not need to do anything. These are spam followers and we are removing them automatically as they come through. They don’t even make it to your “followers” list.

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