Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The spam ring

Last month, I made a chronological list of the 900+ suspected Russian troll accounts on Reddit.  One of the outliers was /u/George_BENTLEY.  The account was made in 2011, and shows no recent activity.

However, George_BENTLEY did submit links to various spam domains:,,,, and

At first glance, is a confusing site.  It seems like somebody took a phonebook and cross-referenced the names of people (along with their cities) with a list of nuclear facilities in the U.S.  Each name was assigned a "threat level" from 1-100, based on their distance from the nearest nuclear plant.  (I wouldn't take the "threat level" seriously.)  Each entry also contains a hyperlink to  That, in turn, redirects to, which is a site that offers background reports.  The reports cost between $9.95 and $29.95.,, and are all inactive. is still up, and it appears to be an SEO blog, with hundreds of posts dated between 2010 and 2012.

Starting with /u/George_BENTLEY, I looked for other domains that seemed to be part of the same spam ring.  In total, I found 101 domains and 2,139 Reddit accounts.  Later, I'll try to figure out who actually operated the spam ring.  For now, here's the list (after the jump):



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