Author Topic: New Anti-Spam measures  (Read 504 times)

January 08, 2013, 03:54:37 PM
Due to a recent increase in the volume of spam attempting to get on, I've setup a forum firewall on test. I'm going to run it for a few days, and see if it works, and if it causes any issues for members.
I know you guys don't see the spam, and probably wont notice the spam account appearing. But if this works, it saves me hunting down and deleting all the 0 post spam accounts that hide themselves waiting to attempt to post lol
If anybody has any issues in the next few days, give me a shout in this thread  ^-^

January 08, 2013, 04:05:09 PM
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There was a new version of the spambot software Xrumer out just before Christmas and a lot of sites got hit. They can now solve all of the wobbly letter captchas and any common Q&A type protection. A good workaround is if you can ask for a word or code from elsewhere on the site to be entered on the reg page. Something like a random code at the very end of the footer will do. The bots have no idea how to deal with that and tend to be stopped in their tracks. It won't beat human spammers but they're actually quite rare.
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January 08, 2013, 04:45:24 PM
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I've occasionally spotted some account with very odd names Chris. ;D
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January 09, 2013, 10:20:48 AM
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