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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:19 am 
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In the SITS->General section. "good investing"

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"Best online cigarettes shop" SPAM, in the Hey Ken! section, just above this topic... :x

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Darell C. Phillips wrote:
"Best online cigarettes shop" SPAM, in the Hey Ken! section, just above this topic... :x


James - aren't accounts set up to require manual authentication? What's going on?

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This happened on bikeportland.org, and they had to pull their forum down. I don't know if it was a security issue with phpBB or if they just didn't have theirs set for authentication.

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There is some discussion of the problem and what can be done about it here: http://www.searchguild.com/tpage7653-0.html

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Ken: Some poor sod is punching in the letters from the picture.

I am deleting around 1 or 2 of these accounts a day. The "real first and last names" filter simplifies detection a bit (though some comply with it, and we currently have one of those whom I suspect is not a real account -crazy email address, unverified, but no weblink, so it stays for now.)

If we could restrict the Members list to being visible only to Members, it might help a bit, but compared to what happens to some, our problem isn't bad.


I'm also periodically adding email sources the the ban list; currently:

cashette.com
spambob.*
bigfreemail.info
gawab.com [just added; it's the declared email of the recent rash of spam accounts]

mail.ru used to be on the list, but I took it back off after a few months and it isn't causing trouble at the moment. If it spraks up, back it goes.

The trouble with places such as mail.ru and gawab.com is that we potentially block out legitimate users as well. Hopefully, they will email Ken to complain; but many will just slip away. Thus my use of bans on legitimate email providers tends to be tactical - discourage the current perp, then take it down.

That said, spambob, bigfreemail, and cashette appear to exist to hide identities and function, to my jaundiced eye, as a means of providing free email services to spammers. They are toast until proven innocent.

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Bloody hell, you're a spammer too? :wink:

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Bloody hell, you're a spammer too? :wink:


Cl: Potential Spammer alert: the latest list member on this site is a "dollaralerterw". Best keep an eye on this fellow.


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That account's already terminated.

I check the list at least twice a day (though for the next few days Ken will have to take it on); accounts that are clearly spam get terminated immediately. Accounts that might be a legitimate person, but aren't correctly formatted, get a polite email requesting they provide a proper name or their account will be terminated in 3 days. Some turn out to be real people, some turn out to be spam....

I discussed an automated username filter with Chaim and Kern, but in the end we decided it's easier to have the spammers self-designate by allowing them to use improperly formatted names. :)

Now I'm off for a few days... play nice. :wink:

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I just added this mod to my phpBB message board and it has stopped 15 bogus registrations in the first 36 hours and hasn't let anything bad through yet.
http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=399374
Ken asked me about it on my forum and I gave him this same link.


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Thanks, Dean.

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Chaim got the mod installed on Monday evening, and I haven't seen a spambot registration since. Unless Ken nailed some registrations I haven't seen, it looks like we've got the advantage.... for now. :)

Thanks for pointing it out, Dean. :D

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I have had a few problems with the mod not allowing valid registrations because it did not removed the additional fields when registering so make sure that is working for you too.

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Any idea of the circumstances under which it did not remove the fields?

In our (quick and limited) testing on Monday evening, the fields did not appear in Internet Exploder.

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James Sterrett wrote:
Chaim got the mod installed on Monday evening, and I haven't seen a spambot registration since.


Is that also the reason why the user-specific forum customizations went away? Now I get the generic white forum instead of my cool black theme.

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