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Thread: SPAM, SPAM Bots, SPAM Prevention, and more SPAM!

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    Default SPAM, SPAM Bots, SPAM Prevention, and more SPAM!

    I'm not an expert in the forum software or Spam control in general, but why is the same username permitted to start useless post after useless post? Can't the username, the username's URL/IP Address/Domain/Originating country (whatever it takes) be blocked for all eternity?

    Thanks for letting me vent. Back to work.

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    Default Re: SPAM, SPAM Bots, SPAM Prevention, and more SPAM!

    I absolutely agree. In fact, the forum (and others like it) use a service called StopForumSpam. When a moderator deletes a spammer, their info gets forwarded to that service. In theory that should mean that spammy usernames and IP addresses are automatically blocked, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Some people have theorized that StopForumSpam has been compromised (either intentionally or unintentionally). The java-forums website is particularly bad, and I've seen evidence that both forums have been hacked. All of this could be contributing to an increase in spammy activity. But I'm not an admin so I can't be sure.
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    Default Re: SPAM, SPAM Bots, SPAM Prevention, and more SPAM!

    Forums got hammered over the past 12hrs. Only thing we can do is to let the moderators deal with it, report posts, and request that admin place more restrictions on registration and posts.

    The java-forums website is particularly bad
    Indeed. The lack of Admin/owner presence over there does not help the cause - for the time being I pretty much gave up my mod. duties over there because of it. Glad that the owner/admin on these forums is currently listening and acting

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    Default Re: SPAM, SPAM Bots, SPAM Prevention, and more SPAM!

    So still no news/updates from the java-forum owner?

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    Default Re: SPAM, SPAM Bots, SPAM Prevention, and more SPAM!

    Quote Originally Posted by PhHein View Post
    So still no news/updates from the java-forum owner?
    Not that I've seen. DarrylBurke even quit moderating because of all of the spam and lack of communication. Starting to see similar signs (hacked accounts, disabled buttons, influx of spam) on these forums, which is sorta disconcerting. Not sure what's going on.
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    Default Re: SPAM, SPAM Bots, SPAM Prevention, and more SPAM!

    I have just added some more anti-spam filters and also image verification at the time of registration. Let's see.

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    Default Re: SPAM, SPAM Bots, SPAM Prevention, and more SPAM!

    Quote Originally Posted by Admin View Post
    I have just added some more anti-spam filters and also image verification at the time of registration. Let's see.
    Very cool. Any idea what's going on with the broken "reply with quote" and "edit post" features? Or the weird phantom admin account? Both of those things showed up before java-forums got inundated with massive amounts of spam, so it's a weird omen.
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    Default Re: SPAM, SPAM Bots, SPAM Prevention, and more SPAM!

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinWorkman View Post
    Not that I've seen. DarrylBurke even quit moderating because of all of the spam and lack of communication. Starting to see similar signs (hacked accounts, disabled buttons, influx of spam) on these forums, which is sorta disconcerting. Not sure what's going on.
    Yep, I've heard about Darryl's resignment.

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    Default Re: SPAM, SPAM Bots, SPAM Prevention, and more SPAM!

    I do have an idea. What about asking them to do math

    what does

    2 + 2 =

    and make them fill in the answer.

    Another idea would be to get a thing that checks the profile. If the person sets, and saves, (so we don't flag someone who, for whatever reason, started their biography with "Man") to immediately ban the account and put the user in a spam database. Also, if the location and occupation are the same thing in the profile field, then ban the user as that's another sign that they're a spammer.

    However, the math verification will pretty much foil the bots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregBrannon View Post
    I'm not an expert in the forum software or Spam control in general, but why is the same username permitted to start useless post after useless post? Can't the username, the username's URL/IP Address/Domain/Originating country (whatever it takes) be blocked for all eternity?

    Thanks for letting me vent. Back to work.

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    Useless post after useless post is usually a sign of trolling, not spamming. At least, spammers usually don't get far if they post. Someone will flag them and they're gone.


    What they're doing, is creating spammy profiles. Most of them don't even seem to have spammy links, but are like



    Biography: Man
    Location: Iran
    Interests: SpammyUsernameOrVariationThereof
    Occupation: Iran


    Loads lately have been adding spammy links as a signature, which stays in the profile. Their biggest attack here isn't really spamming the threads, but creating spammy profiles.


    Another trick is to put

    Biography: simple


    or something like that.


    I've got a ton of them caught:

    Hoxyatmotly
    Epiltbarinarp
    nopspapix
    Bontimadraido
    StiteNaneib
    amiesqdarky278 ? famiesqdarky278 (can't recall which one it was)
    Etesterhype
    Enarykabrerve
    Tristiliply
    WaydayAcale
    Dodoprookdill
    abiftismmub
    admaspetrovy1518
    erydrakly
    normmoumb
    romburfaffogy
    scagionabbany
    elubbofoleafe
    NoubonsonousA
    Intinenodes
    Wheeliarefe
    GIVENCHY[Х󥷩`]
    WeeceCindCody
    Sekcheede
    Icedapperse
    Arefreroves
    ZicignideHeek
    DenTymnNome
    maximusjuniory3186
    Essecaunc
    feavaPrakkeda
    NireDinee
    waspadadrag
    ajehztivanov6864
    pynctaMsacavy
    mlesqtexaxd3230
    milsqyandext4634
    fraurfSaigo
    weancarcash
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