GeoNet System Update: News and Tips About Recent Spam Attacks 

Blog Post created by MMathias-esristaff Employee on Mar 14, 2018

Over the last week GeoNet has been targeted by spam attacks. To address the situation, we wanted to let you know what steps we have taken and what we suggest you, as members, can do to help remove and prevent future spamming.  


Status Update Feature Turned Off  

Status Updates are structured differently than other content types on GeoNet and, unfortunately, they are difficult to track and moderate, which also makes them an easy target for spammers. As a result, we have turned off the Status Update feature.  As a replacement for Status Updates,  when you want to post short updates including links and start open-ended conversations, we suggest using the Discussions content type If you want to share longer form news or information, we suggest using the Blog content type.  

What To Do If You See Spam In Your Groups 

In this recent attack spammers have targeted open GeoNet groups by creating pop-up projects to post spam content To address these attacks, we removed the spam projects as soon as we became aware of them and we will continue to do so going forward.  Should your group become the target of a project spam attack, do not delete any content and please notify the GeoNet team immediately so that we can remove the project and associated spam account.  


How You Can Help Prevent Spam In Your Groups 

If you are not using Projects in your groups, we ask that you be proactive and remove the feature from  your group using this guide:  Edit Your Group Features and Content Types. 


So you're aware, all other content types (Blogs, Questions, Discussions, etc.) are moderated and caught by our spam filter before the spam is posted in the open groups and spaces. By removing status updates and projects we hope to help protect against future spam attacks 


Thank you for your patience and assistance and let us know if you have any questions.