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Postby Ben Brownlie » Wed May 24, 2006 2:53 pm

Well that was another busy day for noob's

Dodgy:

184 offshore
186 onlinegambling
188 lhpbdkexe

Possibly dodgy:

187 klllecka
189 froomzer
190 Gladis
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Postby Zophiel » Sat May 27, 2006 5:53 am

dreztek3 sounds like a normal name one might see in an online community, but the profile link is to a porn site. Our spammer(s) may have gotten a bit more creative in the naming convention employed. But if the trend of two days before the post of actual spam holds true, look for Mr. Tek's first porn message on Monday.
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Postby Ben Brownlie » Sun May 28, 2006 8:38 am

Last few days (this is getting a bit silly now)

definitely dodgy:

191 pbxgbvgto
192 ann31_85
193 John109121092
194 axancikcj
196 looq-eu
198 yrppjxg
201 dreztek3
202 neygtqwe
203 buytramc000
204 umrimhioo


probably dodgy:

197 german


don't know...

195 Ikopar
199 BigDaddy
200 Klimapol

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Postby Zophiel » Mon May 29, 2006 3:16 am

gdsfmujs — Profile website = porn
bennybcn — Profile website = discount airline tickets
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Postby Zophiel » Mon May 29, 2006 6:36 am

Reaver Steve wrote:Tony - can't we approve new members before they join?


I've joined the phpbb support forum to try to find some answers and pointers. This might take a long time, there are 1,000s of pages of posts.
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Postby fergi_the_great » Tue May 30, 2006 1:10 am

muhahaha--welcome to my world

What do you think I do all day long?

a B.S. in Computer Science is basically bare bones...everything else I know I've learned from experience or personal study
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Postby Zophiel » Tue May 30, 2006 5:47 am

Well, after just a weekend of searching for tips and solutions, I can say that the support team at least knows there's a spam problem. There's some indication that phpBB3 may have better, built-in spam protection functions but there's nothing that suggests a timetable about that.

About a week ago, Support Team Member pentapenguin posted this:
Both Visual Confirmation and making all forums for registered use only have been enabled for all new installs of phpBB. Having both of these enabled greatly reduces spam.

Since all of our spammers are registering first, the second half of that won't help much. What's involved in activating Visual Confirmation?
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Postby Ben Brownlie » Tue May 30, 2006 6:40 am

Zophiel wrote:What's involved in activating Visual Confirmation?

As part of the registaration process you have to type in a password that you see on the screen. I don't know the ins and outs but it tends to help

The other thing that can help is having admin approval on all new accounts, but this sometimes delays real accounts getting signed up too
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Postby fear_the_squirrels » Fri Jun 02, 2006 1:33 pm

CAPTCHA is the image recognition thing. It creates a random string of alphanumerics (letters and numbers) that are then 'messed up' in some way to make it harder for a computer to automatically recognise them. I believe phpBB 2.10+ has had it in there without having to 'mod' the board'. So it should be around here.

It cuts down the number of spammers, but some still get through and need to be dealt with. Like Ben said, the admin approval is nice, but can be time consuming, and confusing with many admins.

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Postby Go0gleplex » Fri Jun 02, 2006 2:35 pm

Well...I'd not say I have a lot of knowledge about it. I just don't have a social life beyond the three or four forums I bounce around on.

The only reason I said anything about the three guys I knew is due to having several long discourses with them...especially with matt on the IS stuff.

I don't think I'd do all that well other than sending alerts since I'm only quasi-computer literate. :oops:
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Postby Go0gleplex » Wed Jun 07, 2006 2:48 pm

gicwgqx is definitely a porn bot. :evil:
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dodgy????

Postby GuyT2GP » Mon Jun 19, 2006 11:24 am

Checked out the original list- 'the post shy ' quite a number of them are 15mm gamers so the paucity of posts could equate to the paucity of new 15mm releases??????
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Postby Zophiel » Fri Aug 18, 2006 11:04 am

And the spammers have started up again. Maybe we need a few totem figures made to ward off evil. Or perhaps some anti-spam 'Nef to bomb them back to dormancy.
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