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Offline Johnnie F.

Scrapers in Korat digging for personal data
« on: October 02, 2011, 11:22:19 AM »
We all heard about the guy in korat who is said to keep dossiers about the expats here. But no, this isn't about him - this time! There seems to be another person who opened a forum recently, maybe with the main purpose, maybe on the side only, harvesting data of people participating in and visiting his site. No problem, as long as he uses strings of information for the administration of his forum. But as he goes out of his way to find personal data of people and match them with the strings he violates the Computer Crime Act. :o

He shouldn't be so stupid to even give evidence of his activities.  :-[

On many forums people are allowed to register with a nick. As long as they did not expressively enter personal data like their real name,a recognizable email address or a link to a home page, it is a sign of utter disrespect (and plain stupidity) to expose to anybody - including the person he collected data about - that he was able to spy on them. Now does he expect anybody to post any more on his forum? They have to live in fear of blatant abuse of the information they would give by posting on his site, which can be connected to their person, though they were guaranteed anonymity.

If somebody wants posted information to be matched with his person he can register with his real name. And if a forum admin wants that the information posted can be matched to a real person, even by himself, he must disallow registration under a nick, otherwise he deceives our community. People lacking this moral insight should not run a forum they label "community service"

The person I am talking about might have done this for a game only and the immaturity to display smugness. Nevertheless it is not acceptable! >:(
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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Scrapers in Korat digging for personal data
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2011, 12:50:02 PM »
Mai pen rye? Only people as immature as these scrapers might say it doesn't matter, that their guaranteed anonymity was not kept. Maybe they think they couldn't suffer any damage from abuse of these scraped personal data. Maybe they're right so far, that they themselves don't have any privacy worth keeping.

But how about the relatives and friends? Maybe after the persons so freely granting everybody access to personal data, allowing scraping, already passed away do their widows get "assistance" from seemingly trustworthy "long lost" old friends who can identify themselves by an intense knowledge of "intimate" personal data - and lead the beloved survivors into misery for example...
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Offline Baby Farts

Re: Scrapers in Korat digging for personal data
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2011, 01:56:57 PM »
Yeah, I figured something was up with Thaiphoon aka mypenry aka Admin.  He's gone through very lengthy measures to conceal his identity and conceal his registrant name.  He uses privacy protect out of Australia, all of his servers are based in the U.K.  I'd be very leery in posting any personal data on that web site. With all of his multiple personalities and 20-40 posts a day, it kind of makes you wonder doesn't it?
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Scrapers in Korat digging for personal data
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2011, 02:14:29 PM »
Just by accessing a site you provide the site's admin with data about you. That alone isn't a problem, unless they can match those data with other data somehow.


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If someone completes a form on your website, they are no longer an anonymous visitor, and you can now track their current visit, future visits and also add them to future email campaigns (if they opted in).  Once the people in your database interact with an email you’ve sent, they are recognizable within the software so all past, present and future visits are fully trackable.


It goes on and on...

To get a better idea about scraping read this article on the Wall Street Journal:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703358504575544381288117888.html
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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Scrapers in Korat digging for personal data
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2011, 09:56:26 AM »
I saw the forum Grumpyexpat also contributes to the topic "data scraping" with an informative thread:

http://www.grumpyexpat.com/forum/data-scraping-t1076.html
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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Scrapers in Korat digging for personal data
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2011, 11:10:53 AM »
It's kinda difficult to keep all important posts to this topic in this thread. Please read an important contribution to this topic, about the possible use of scraped data in that thread

http://koratfart.com/half-as-serious-and-less/what-a-nut-case/msg7195/#msg7195
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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Scrapers in Korat digging for personal data
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2013, 09:17:22 AM »
I guess scrapers can even become as desperate in their search for others' data to block guests' access to a forum to make more people losing care and freely give away their data.

Don't forget:

If someone completes a form on your website, they are no longer an anonymous visitor, and you can now track their current visit, future visits and also add them to future email campaigns (if they opted in).  Once the people in your database interact with an email you’ve sent, they are recognizable within the software so all past, present and future visits are fully trackable.
Fun is the one thing that money can't buy
 

Offline Baby Farts

Re: Scrapers in Korat digging for personal data
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2013, 10:05:01 AM »
Remember what I said in the past about the admin of a certain Korat forum. Aka nicknamed, "Triple A."

A personality marked by excessive orderliness, extreme meticulousness, and often suspicion and reserve. According to psychoanalysis, an anal personality is formed in early childhood as a result of fixation during the anal stage of development and efforts to control bowel movements during toilet training.

I can see the correlation.  One could surmise who the bowel movements would be and who the person in toilet training would be.  ;D 
 

 



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