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Spam Bots

Postby karx11erx » Sun Nov 24, 2013 2:50 am

It has been brought to my attention that spam bots have flooded the forum with crap.

I have deleted all suspicious users from the forum user list, updated the phbBB3 code and changed the registration process to be by admin (i.e. an admin has to manually activate new user accounts). I hope that will help.

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Re: Spam Bots

Postby Aus-RED-5 » Sun Nov 24, 2013 2:53 am

Nice!

That was a crazy ride the past couple of days! lol

Thanks Diedel!

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Re: Spam Bots

Postby Pumo » Sun Nov 24, 2013 3:31 am

It sounds like a good update, specially the part of the admin managed accounts.

Hope this helps to get finally rid of those stinky spambots once and for all.
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Re: Spam Bots

Postby karx11erx » Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:53 am

Aus-RED,

thanks for dealing with the crap and informing me. :)
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Re: Spam Bots

Postby Aus-RED-5 » Sun Nov 24, 2013 11:43 am

No probs.
Sorry for all the messages sent via Steam, Youtube, Facebook and of course here! lol :)
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Re: Spam Bots

Postby karx11erx » Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:14 pm

Absolutely no problem. Au contraire, thanks for your efforts. :)
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Re: Spam Bots

Postby Aus-RED-5 » Wed Nov 27, 2013 6:04 am

Are you planning to do some changes to the spam bot countermeasures?
I'd like to turn off email notifications about newly registered accounts because I'm receiving up to 50 emails a day with these spam bots registering! :(


P.S.
To anybody that was a legitimate register. With the excessive numbers of spam bots registering as of late.
If I deleted you? Sorry if this inconvenience you, but please be understanding.
I'm not going through 200+ profiles to check for real accounts or not!


If you're trying to register just to post questions or bug reports? You can still do so at the Sourceforge site!

Thanks for you time!
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Re: Spam Bots

Postby karx11erx » Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:25 pm

Turn them off.

Edit: Registration disabled. Goddamn bot creator assholes.
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Re: Spam Bots

Postby Wormbo » Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:19 am

I had a similar problem at a Mediawiki-based website - spam bots automatically registering and even bypassing the CAPTCHA questions.
Turned out I asked the wrong question in the CAPTCHA. All you need is a relatively simple question that requires context knowledge. The answer mustn't be derivable from the question alone, but require background knowledge of the website's topic. For the Unreal Wiki I picked a simple question and it kept the bots out for a long time. When they finally figured it out a few months ago, I simply changed the question and they haven't figured out yet. That way registration is still open for anyone from the target audience, but hard or impossible for "outsiders" and especially spam bots.
Example question: "Name the rocket type you always start with" - answer: "Concussion Missile"

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