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Offline societyofrobots

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Re: How to tackle SPAM with SMF?
« Reply #20 on: May 01, 2010, 06:33:54 AM »
The Avatar Verification mod is useless, lol. Its as if it didn't even phase the spammers for a second . . . and its not just one spammer that got in within the last day, either.

Well, it probably slows them down about 5 seconds per registration, so I guess its better than nothing . . . This just shows that its probably paid humans and not a bot thats doing the registrations.

Adding niche questions won't help, it'll only take a day or so for the spammer to work around it. I'd have to make up new questions every day.

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Re: How to tackle SPAM with SMF?
« Reply #21 on: May 01, 2010, 07:15:52 AM »
Project Honeypot will be back May 5, 2010.   :-X

Humm, you have 1.1.x bummer, looks like you are a victim of the Forum Poster program.  Most of the time they hide behind a proxy.  Then they first try automatic posting.  Then manually sign in.  Then they switch into automatic posting.  There used to be 180 of them hitting my site every day.  A few times they assaulted me with many hits to see if they can find a hole in my protection but the BB cache feature tossed them with ease.  Now I reject one to two of them per day.
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Though BB can take care of them by blocking just the evil proxies, I do not have the energy to re-write it for 1.1.x so, you can see if Proxy Blocker will slow them down.  Or upgrade to 2.x?  Chances are they will eventually turn off the proxy and try it in the buff.  Then BB and/ or honeypot can catch them.  :P
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Re: How to tackle SPAM with SMF?
« Reply #22 on: May 03, 2010, 01:56:17 AM »
Hmmmm thanks butchs!

Its been 30 hours, and no new spam accounts (that can be identified as a spam account).

Proxy Blocker appears to have stopped the majority of them, while Stop Spammer blocked the rest.

I give them a max of 6 months before they figure out a way around this and I get spammed again.


I have the below also installed, but they are all useless beyond slowing them down a few seconds:
reCAPTCHA
Anti-Bot Registration Puzzles
Avatar Verification

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Re: How to tackle SPAM with SMF?
« Reply #23 on: May 03, 2010, 02:02:39 AM »
reCAPTCHA and Anti-spam link I might use.
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Re: How to tackle SPAM with SMF?
« Reply #24 on: May 03, 2010, 02:27:40 PM »
Hmmmm thanks butchs!

Its been 30 hours, and no new spam accounts (that can be identified as a spam account).

Proxy Blocker appears to have stopped the majority of them, while Stop Spammer blocked the rest.

I give them a max of 6 months before they figure out a way around this and I get spammed again.


I have the below also installed, but they are all useless beyond slowing them down a few seconds:
reCAPTCHA
Anti-Bot Registration Puzzles
Avatar Verification

Maybe a week or two.  By then you should have the honey pot going.  :)
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Re: How to tackle SPAM with SMF?
« Reply #25 on: May 03, 2010, 11:42:03 PM »
Nice post, I will continue reading it tomorrow.

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Re: How to tackle SPAM with SMF?
« Reply #26 on: May 09, 2010, 11:46:28 AM »
Excellent tip, i'm sure i will use it :P

* Arantor is curious to know the site to see if it considers me a spammer...
Someone should code the "Arantor Prevention Mod" :P

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Re: How to tackle SPAM with SMF?
« Reply #27 on: May 09, 2010, 11:48:04 AM »
Arantor Prevention Mod? Really, it's quite simple.

All you have to do is insult me, my work and so on until I get so annoyed I leave. Almost happened here a few times.
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Re: How to tackle SPAM with SMF?
« Reply #28 on: May 09, 2010, 11:52:49 AM »
Arantor Prevention Mod? Really, it's quite simple.

All you have to do is insult me, my work and so on until I get so annoyed I leave. Almost happened here a few times.
Yep, but, someone could create a mod that automatically do that every time you post, as simple as that :P

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Re: How to tackle SPAM with SMF?
« Reply #29 on: May 09, 2010, 11:53:11 AM »
There's always the Annoy User mod :P
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Re: How to tackle SPAM with SMF?
« Reply #30 on: May 09, 2010, 12:38:00 PM »
I was wrong, it wouldn't take them 6 months to get around it. It took them 8 days.

The same spammer is hitting me on a daily basis now, every day he has a new email and IP so he bypasses the Stop Spammer database.

My theory is that he is using a bot network and not a proxy. Or the proxy just isn't being properly blocked. Or maybe the Tor network?

On the bright side, it appears only one of the spammers have so far beaten the system.

Project Honey Pot is also still down. Even so, my money is on the spammers ability to get around it, to be honest.

sigh . . .

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Re: How to tackle SPAM with SMF?
« Reply #31 on: June 16, 2010, 11:07:03 AM »
I would like a way to trigger a ban when a user adds a link to their signature.

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Re: How to tackle SPAM with SMF?
« Reply #32 on: June 24, 2010, 03:08:04 AM »
thank you  ;D

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Re: How to tackle SPAM with SMF?
« Reply #33 on: July 28, 2010, 10:38:52 PM »
hi all, this post is greeeeeat!!!  i been looking all over for this kinda post.

i have a forum at allnigeria.info, and i noticed that some users keep posting the same stuff, esp adverts, attimes 4 or more times at the same period or over some days in different boards of my forum. this can be irritating. and i am tired of constantly deleting these annoying posts.

my question is: are there mods that can help prevent posting the same stuff over and over on the same forum?

thanks, as i wait in earnest anticipation
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Re: How to tackle SPAM with SMF?
« Reply #34 on: July 29, 2010, 12:28:02 AM »
I don't think so, but there are mods to help prevent those users from registering. Take a look here:
http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?action=search;type=19
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Re: How to tackle SPAM with SMF?
« Reply #35 on: August 01, 2010, 01:48:02 PM »
Besides blocking all Countries that are not in my target area I have the following spam prevention installed:

How do you block countries? This is my biggest problem at the moment, as I'm getting loads of spam registrations from overseas, but it's a pretty UK specific site.

Thanks for any help :)

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Re: How to tackle SPAM with SMF?
« Reply #36 on: August 01, 2010, 04:18:08 PM »
If your host uses GeoIP you can set up your htaccess file to block many countries.  So ask your host if they offer GeoIP?

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Re: How to tackle SPAM with SMF?
« Reply #38 on: August 01, 2010, 04:59:01 PM »
I'm not sure about GeoIP, but they seem to have something similar that they call IP Deny Manager:

[nofollow]

So I'll so some reading up and see if that'll do it. Thanks for the advice :)

Flapjack: I've just seen your links while posting this reply, so thank you :) I'm gonna have some food and then get my reading head on :)


EDIT: Added a .htaccess file to deny what appears to be the most common I.P. address ranges that I'm having problems with, so we'll see how that goes.

Thanks again guys :)
« Last Edit: August 02, 2010, 03:21:34 AM by Tippon »

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Re: How to tackle SPAM with SMF?
« Reply #39 on: August 25, 2010, 09:50:52 AM »
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Thanks for sharing this tips! I got an idea about this spam! Hope more tricks to come from you!