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View Full Version : Before disabling my forum I got mass spam members



Hedgie
07-23-2009, 01:36 AM
Before I disabled my forums for global renovations that will take another 2-months or so, there was an incredible increase in spambots that hit the forums. Every day there would be at the very least 60-100 spambots registering, and having to filter through each of them to make sure that they are not spambots was a chore. I had updated phpBB to the most recent version, and even added custom addons to prevent the registration, but sadly it did nothing.

This just happened out of no where, so I don't know what in the world happened. What kind of horror spam stories have you encountered?

oracleguy
07-23-2009, 03:59 AM
We get lots of spam, I personally delete between 5 and 10 spam posts per day usually from here on CodingForums. And of course the other moderators delete spam too. It used to be a lot worse but the admin (WA) added some extra checks on the registration page which cut down on the spam.

jerry62704
07-23-2009, 03:57 PM
I had the Captcha to my forum when I was getting 50-100 of them a day. After that I was getting 50-100 a day anyway. They (probably just a few that spam a lot) seemed to read the text.

My solution was to shut it down.

oracleguy
07-23-2009, 04:34 PM
I had the Captcha to my forum when I was getting 50-100 of them a day. After that I was getting 50-100 a day anyway. They (probably just a few that spam a lot) seemed to read the text.

The "new" thing in spamming is just hiring people for super cheap to sit around solving CAPTCHAs.

noneforit
07-24-2009, 08:07 AM
I have got a test forum online which has got only two members and I somehow got about 30 SPAM posts. I checked on the web for suggestions on how to stop this and thier doesnt appear to be much you can do

You can block IP addresses and email addresses but the spammers will simply change them. I cant really block *@gmail.com as this will prevent anybody with a gmail account signing up.

The only thing to do is turn on the user must validate thier email before they can post feature if the board supports it.

MattF
07-24-2009, 08:39 AM
Variation from the default methods is about the best method you can try. Using mods for specific forums is fine for a while, but when they become the norm, so to speak, they are usually catered for in bot software. Creating your own variations can have benefits. It'll still do practically nothing to guard against the human spammers though, (unless they're somewhat thick).

I never liked the e-mail validation method personally. Half of them seem to get filtered by the large providers and people never seem to check their 'spam' boxes.

ketanco
07-24-2009, 10:09 AM
Before I disabled my forums for global renovations that will take another 2-months or so, there was an incredible increase in spambots that hit the forums. Every day there would be at the very least 60-100 spambots registering, and having to filter through each of them to make sure that they are not spambots was a chore. I had updated phpBB to the most recent version, and even added custom addons to prevent the registration, but sadly it did nothing.

This just happened out of no where, so I don't know what in the world happened. What kind of horror spam stories have you encountered?

I had the same problem of getting lots of spam registrations everyday, although I had captcha and email verification. The solution is, add a question and answer to the regsitration process (a question that is easy for everyone to answer but only a human can answer). This stopped spam registrations immediately. Of course, it is something else when a spammer reads the answer and feeds it to the bots but until that happens, you dont even need to change the question (plus it will be just one spammer's bot vs all spammers bots).



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