Back again folks.
This post is, in part, a continuation of this post I made earlier that details how it is possible to use login cookies to log into accounts without using a password.
This is how it can be done (or is being done):
- A user logs onto an account and saves their login cookie (as mentioned in my previous post, this can be used to log back in without a password)
- They vote on whichever posts they want to vote on
- They delete their account
- They log back into the deleted account using the login cookie from earlier
- They go into account settings and set a recovery email
- They recover the account
When they log back in again, the votes that they cast before they deleted the account are still on those posts that they voted on - but they aren't attached to the account that they voted with because it was deleted, so they can vote again. This process can be repeated indefinitely.
Manually, this is not very quick and it would take a long time to manipulate votes on a level that made a huge difference. Unfortunately, this process can be scripted, and I suspect some people have been doing this already. I will not speculate about the users who are doing this or the people/subs that were targeted because I have no hard proof. One way to see if accounts are doing this is to check their votes, as they will reset upon account deletion and recovery.
This may have already been inadvertently patched by Atko in response to my other post: See Here
To all of the people who were using this to rig vote counts and render other user's accounts useless, fuck you.
Credit for discovery: @E-werd
Edit: /u/kashka pointed out that Voat now resets CCP to 0 when an account is deleted, so this method can now only be used to upvote. -
I am getting conflicting info about this and will edit again when I get to the bottom of it. /u/kashka is correct, accounts now get set to 0 ccp when they're deleted, meaning this can only be used to manipulate upvotes now. This was likely changed in the past few weeks as someone showed me an account deleted two months ago that had ccp above 0.