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The spambots are back!

Posted: Thu May 03, 2018 8:52 pm
by Andrew Lee
Today, I checked the moderator control panel to find a shocking 276 spam entries to wade through!

When we updated to the latest version of phpBB, I decided to try out the wonderful reCaptcha V2.0 antispam built-in plugin to see if it will work it keeping the spambots out. As predicted, technology is no match for cheap human bot farms.

As such, I have reverted back to the Q&A plugin for registration (where we include a link to a forum topic that lists the answers and can be updated at will).

Re: The spambots are back!

Posted: Fri May 04, 2018 8:58 am
by webfork
Thanks for keeping up with that. Sorry that's an ongoing problem.

Re: The spambots are back!

Posted: Fri May 04, 2018 1:45 pm
by JohnTHaller
Have you tried integrating StopForumSpam.com yet? There is a phpbb plugin for it: http://stopforumspam.com/mods#link_phpbb

Re: The spambots are back!

Posted: Fri May 04, 2018 9:24 pm
by Andrew Lee
JohnTHaller wrote:Have you tried integrating StopForumSpam.com yet? There is a phpbb plugin for it: http://stopforumspam.com/mods#link_phpbb
No. Thanks for reminding me again. Will definitely install it soon.

Re: The spambots are back!

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 2:28 am
by smaragdus
User ammandaaaaaloriiiii is definitely a spammer- it is advertising a commercial product- two comments were deleted, two new appeared.

Re: The spambots are back!

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 3:00 am
by Midas
@smaragdus: I just deleted two additional SPAM comments in entries and issued a warning to said user.

Re: The spambots are back!

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 4:25 am
by smaragdus
@Midas
Best warning is account deletion if you ask me. I spotted four posts by this "user"- all irrelevant, all blatant advertisements of one and the same commercial product. This "user" obviously registered with malicious intent to do harm so don't be mild with spammers, don't be merciful, just slit their throats.

Re: The spambots are back!

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 6:06 am
by __philippe
smaragdus wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 4:25 am
@Midas... don't be merciful, just slit their throats.
Motion Seconded ! :twisted:
Spoiler!   
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Re: The spambots are back!

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 6:14 am
by Midas
Bear with me, I would if only I knew how... frickin' noobs. :oops:

Re: The spambots are back!

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 7:04 am
by __philippe
Image @Andrew @webfork

...Recalling Old Hands on the bridge... :wink:

Re: The spambots are back!

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 3:48 pm
by webfork
Midas wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 6:14 am
Bear with me, I would if only I knew how... frickin' noobs. :oops:
All set

Re: The spambots are back!

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 6:31 pm
by smaragdus
@__philippe
Do you have your cute image in higher resolution?

Re: The spambots are back!

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 12:49 am
by __philippe
@ smaragdus See PM

Re: The spambots are back!

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 5:40 pm
by smaragdus
@__philippe
Thank you!

Re: The spambots are back!

Posted: Tue May 22, 2018 11:35 am
by lintalist
Somewhat related. I noticed that just now a "registered user" was online, Majestic-12 [Bot] - that is a crawler for commercial company - website: majestic . com - basically they eat your bandwidth and try to sell the data (metrics) for profit for their service ( has to do with SEO, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Search_en ... timization ) - personally I would bad them - they won't bring traffic to this site :-)