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Gorecki
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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2006 3:14 pm    Post subject: Rash of SPAMMERS! Reply with quote

Hey folks,

I delete an average of 1 to 3 spammer accounts a day. Most often before they have the chance to post anything malicious.

Please give me a heads up when you see something suspicious. Some of you have already been doing that and I very much appreciate the help!

The only way I can reduce this problem is to require email confirmation on accounts. I would prefer to not add that much more email traffic through the site's host so we'll see where things go.


Peace!
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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, the spammers are relentless.... Mostly from Russian accounts...and random ip addresses.

If you are using 2.20 of PHPBB you can ban email addresses with wildcards.

Try banning:
*@*.ru
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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kirk95 wrote:
Yes, the spammers are relentless.... Mostly from Russian accounts...and random ip addresses.

If you are using 2.20 of PHPBB you can ban email addresses with wildcards.

Try banning:
*@*.ru


Yeah we are running .20 but the problem is we have genuine accounts from Russia. Confused We have a pretty international crew here.

Things have actually been a little better lately (fingers crossed I've not spoken too soon). Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bet you have less than 1% legit .ru accounts. Smile

Send them gmail invites. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kirk95 wrote:
I bet you have less than 1% legit .ru accounts. Smile

Send them gmail invites. Wink


You're probably right! Laughin my arse off

I do expect to do a forum wide spam in the relatively near future to find out what's real or not and let folks know who haven't been here in a while..we're still here.

Dude, so where's the kirk avatar? Oh my ?????
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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

<------------right here! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kirk95 wrote:
<------------right here! Very Happy


Right On! Thumbs Up!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2006 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So if you didn't noticed we got bombarded last night. 10 spammer accounts with posts over night. All cleaned up..again. Rolling Eyes

Thanks so much to Yagyu for the headsup! Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 4:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since the last post 13 more spammer accounts, 'Your nads dropped', nice lgiro, nice.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunately with our recent 'Most users ever online was 42 on Fri Jun 09, 2006 2:05 pm' I highly suspect aren't users have completed blocking out a small amount of domains from registration in hope it will reduce my work load. Otherwise I will be forced to turn on email notification for registration as well.

Doing my best to keep out the bad and let in the good but is getting harder and harder. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2006 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't usually look at this bit and just wanted to say thanks for all your work.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2006 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

viper's drag wrote:
I don't usually look at this bit and just wanted to say thanks for all your work.


Thanks Viper!, I really appreciate that! Peace!

Sad but true, I spend far more time maintaining this site than I do 'using' it. Confused
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2006 1:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!

In our gap of bringing our user base from 990 to 1000, I've deleted ~200 spammer accounts!!!!

I'm going mad I tell you, totally mad!!!

Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds like a good deal af work you got there.... Confused

Do you have IP info on registered users??
I mean if you delete 10 accounts, is it possible that they would come back 2 or 3 times because they thought something went wrong with their subscribing if you just delete their account??

So cant you just banner (sp) the Ip numbers.....??

Im sure I cant tell anything you dont know about this, Laughing .....

But your Fight?!? is with no doubt highly appreciated by all of us.... Thumbs Up! ...

Thanks.......

Bjørn.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Bjørn, appreciate the appreciation! Laughing

Some of the spammer accounts are repeats but I've already found IP restriction simply doesn't work, they come in on differing IP's all the time.

I've got 13 new accounts waiting for activation since my last batch at about midnight (my time) last night. I'll be suprised if even one of them is a real user.

The accounts I delete without hesitation (and is vastly the majority of them) are those that have links to, xanax, propecia, phentermine, livesex, porn, autoinsurance, freemp3's...the list goes on and on and on.

But truthfully since I put admin level account activation in place last June and have deleted nearly 2000 accounts, we haven't had one spammer get through yet....(hoping I didn't just jinx the record by saying something).

It is a royal PITA and is also why my contribution simply isn't what it once was. I simply don't have the time to do both. Rolling Eyes
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