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You love it!

by magician13134 on Sat Oct 11, 2008 3:49 pm

Have you installed some kind of spam protection? I set up a PHPBB3 forum about a week ago, and I have thousands of spam posts already! I have a CAPTCHA, but it doesn't seem to be working....
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Re: You love it!

by Skunk Workz on Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:41 am

magician13134 wrote:Have you installed some kind of spam protection? I set up a PHPBB3 forum about a week ago, and I have thousands of spam posts already! I have a CAPTCHA, but it doesn't seem to be working....


I run a number of PHPBB forums, and have successfully cut the spam bots off with this plugin (which is actually just a few edits):

http://www.phpbb.com/mods/db/index.php?i=misc&mode=display&contrib_id=10115
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Re: You love it!

by adafruit on Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:35 pm

actualyl what is sad is these people are registering by hand :(
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Re: You love it!

by SiliconFarmer on Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:49 pm

Could it be spambots using humans via a mechanical turk system to solve the captchas?

http://siliconvalleysleuth.co.uk/2007/10/amazon-mechanic.html
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Re: You love it!

by adafruit on Wed Aug 12, 2009 11:02 pm

not unlikely. they are also spamming in a strange way where they post an 'innocuous' note first
i think they follow it up with spam later or hope it gets buried and then they change the sig
they all seem to be coming from yahoo.in and gmail.com
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Re: You love it!

by mwr on Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:12 pm

In my experience, by the time I've gotten a spammer, their IP or email had already been listed at http://www.stopforumspam.com/. A phpbb3 mod to hook into their database is here.

Of course, you might already be using this, in which case, your spammers are more sophisticated than mine were.
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Re: You love it!

by Amberwolf on Fri Aug 14, 2009 11:50 pm

There's a new way of doing it now, which I just saw on this board. Seems stupid, but they are making what looks like a normal post, almost relevant to topic, then below that they have what looks like blank space but is actually a bunch of links to their spam sites that are text colored the same as the forum background.

These are a quotes of the ones I just reported:
[quote="rose2009"]Hi, your idea is very interesting , I really like it. Thanks a lot :o

[redacted]


[quote="jennyfifi"]Thanks for your sharing. Thanks for sharing this useful information. It's great.

[redacted]


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Re: You love it!

by adafruit on Sat Aug 15, 2009 11:22 pm

oh smart!
ok thanks for letting us know
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