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Old 21 Sep 2006, 06:02
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Arrow Spammers just keep on Coming - I need HELP please

ok where do I start....My Forum is basically under attack with spam bots and spammers and It's getting out of control:cry: I'm not sure what to do anymore, I've almost tried everything I can think of.

My forum started being attacked almost 2 months ago and it's getting worse. My forum doesn't normally get so many new registrations in one week so that's how I noticed it along with porn and other bad new threads posted by these spammers.

If I new where the 'source' of all this was coming from or how it started, I might be able to fix it. Any ideas here?

I'm also on a few other forums, yet none of them are being attacked like my forum. One forum isn't vbulletion but has over 3000 members.

I have copied down every new members username, IP and email address into notepad as they register and have a ton of them!! I have gone through all of them and blocked their IP's and their email address's and then deleted them.

I then was getting new registrations with gmail, yahoo address's and this was just going too far, so I did a search on one of the yahoo email address's and came up with a site, that was great! Click HERE It gave me a list of Spambots IPs and emails address's that were spamming a few forums..the list is very long! A lot of the IPs and emails matched some of the ones I have banned already, but I am shocked at how many there are....

I then made my own spreadsheet and copied all those IPs into the spreadsheet and put them into accending order, I then wrote all the emails into the same spreadsheet. As the SpamBot site list increases I add them to my spreadsheet and add them to my banning options. I have copied that whole list of IPs and put them into my Banning Options/Ban IPS and did the same for the emails including partial emails. I have over 100 of IPs and email address's being banned!

I also turned on these in Registration Options
1: Moderate New Members - YES
2: Email Address to Notify About New Members - YES with my email
3: Verify Email address in Registration - YES

But the thing with this is...I can't tell if a new registration (email and IP that isn't already blocked) is a spammer/spambot or a person actually wanting to benefit from my forum and it's VERY time consuming. I also don't want a heap of registered users on my forum that are spammers, that sit there waiting for email moderation, it just clogs up the forum.

Yet I'm still getting spammers and spambots registering! I meed some serious help please, I can't spent 1-2hrs every day moderating all these new registrations and banning most of them. My forum has been great before this, the members keep it going smoothly, I'm there to help them out with any questions they ask and to also keep the forum up and running for them.

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Old 21 Sep 2006, 10:12
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im having the same problems as you mate

kep getting bits posting sking who they should contact fo link excahnge and they keep posting it again and again
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Old 21 Sep 2006, 10:22
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won't image verification do the trick?
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Old 21 Sep 2006, 10:27
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doesnt seem to be no
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Old 21 Sep 2006, 11:10
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I have that on, and some visual impaired people that want to register to use the forum have to get me to register them as they can't see the small print.

Originally Posted by ART
won't image verification do the trick?
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Old 21 Sep 2006, 11:47
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The spam killer mod and the mod to not let people post links until they've got at least 15 posts pretty much nipped spam in the bud for us. The rare spammers we get are humans who post nonsense to get to their 15 posts and then post the link, which we immediately zap.
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Old 21 Sep 2006, 12:02
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I have image verification on
I require users to accept the email notification
They then go into a moderation queue to be accepted, before posts are seen

I also insist they complete a mandatory profile field (in my case location and the country flag hack). This means the bot cannot usually cope with the mandatory field and/or the hack field and registration fails.

If its a human they usually put a country flag that doesn't match the location - this then gets binned by the admins.
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Old 21 Sep 2006, 22:40
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How do you set that up in registration or in Admin?

I also insist they complete a mandatory profile field (in my case location and the country flag hack). This means the bot cannot usually cope with the mandatory field and/or the hack field and registration fails.
I'm still needing a solution here though...
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Old 22 Sep 2006, 00:24
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This has become a bit of a problem on our forum as well.

I started off banning IPs and subnets with .htaccess but since it's impossible to stay ahead of the curve, came here looking for a solution. That list of IPs is great! I've added them to the collection but I also found an add-on here called Akismet Anti-Spam which I've now installed and will see how that works out for us.
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Old 23 Sep 2006, 01:30
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That looks good and would help with spam posts. I have a mod set now that requires a user to have at least 15 post before they can upload images, or post hyperlinks.

My real problem now is I need to stop spammers from registering, is there something to help with this?

thanks
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Old 23 Sep 2006, 01:34
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We've had the same issue over the last few weeks. I have image verification, email verification (which catches a few) and I manually approve all memberships.

Most of the ones registering on my forum use the Jan 1 birthdate. Or they'll have a bunch of spam messages in their registration. So far I only missed ONE out of at least 30.
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Old 23 Sep 2006, 02:54
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Spam is a issue on all four of my forums too, I had to disable the Contact us page.. and I always used image verification but that does not seem to stop. I wish there was a hack for Image verification for sending emails.. but I disabled the feature instead. I also STOPPED accepting new registrations from @hotmail.com and @yahoo.com addresses. Which made alot of people mad, but oh well. That drastic move cut down the spam by about 60%. I allow @gmail.com which they seem to be very good at preventing spam -- So far.

I have also been doing something a bit evil which has cut down some of my spam and has generated a couple of "haters" aka "spammers" that registered and wrote a few nasty posts... I'm gonna try to fight as dirty as possible.

I started collecting tech support email addresses for the various ISP's and government offices. I have been including them is various codes and posts in attempts for the spam bots to pick them up. I managed to piss off a couple of spammers, I guess one got smacked down by some gov office in Canada... He decided to register on my site and try to bad mouth me. Needless to say, he is no longer a issue. The other one threated to fly over to the US and kick my ass.. Guess where that email was redirect too...

They have not been a issue in a long time...
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Old 19 Jan 2007, 16:47
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I have the same problem in my forums, I get people from USA and Rusia using the nick name in the video game name fild using the same and the emails are from a lot of diferent places, and they are skiping the image process and I have to bann each one of that but I get more then 10 a day.
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Old 19 Jan 2007, 16:53
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Chances are good that you are getting hit by spam bots. Check out this article. It'll give you an overview of spam prevention options.
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Old 19 Jan 2007, 18:01
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My simple solution is to moderate all posts from new members. You then create a usergroup which doesn't require moderation of posts, and set up auto-promotions so users with at least x posts (mine is at 10 but 1 will do) get promoted to this new group. I have not seen a spammer yet on my forum whose first post wasn't blatant spam.

All you need to do is moderate one (or however many you want) post per new member. You don't even have to mess with their settings as the auto-promotion will do the work for you. This is the least labour-intensive way I've found for keeping users from seeing spam, and it works.

BTW lose the "admin to moderate new accounts" option, it is useless. As you said, unless you know the email address of every potential legitimate new user, you're just wasting your time.
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