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  • SilentCal
    Moderator
    Post count: 1285
    #48005 |

    We know we have a severe problem and it is being worked on.

    SilentCal
    Moderator
    Post count: 1285

    Again, I apoligize for all the spam. I believe the spammers have targeted 9/11 based sites and are ramping up their attacks this weekend because the site will garner traffic. Doing our best but it seems like if we knock one down, two more pop up in it’s place.

    sno_gabe
    Participant
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    Al Qaeda

    mmChris
    Keymaster
    Post count: 880

    I’ve changed the password to the database (to something extremely complicated) in case the spamming is coming from a bot that figured out our old password. Let’s hope that solves the issue, at least temporarily.

    tfr
    Participant
    Post count: 104

    @Chris wrote:

    I’ve changed the password to the database (to something extremely complicated) in case the spamming is coming from a bot that figured out our old password. Let’s hope that solves the issue, at least temporarily.

    I run a PHPBB board as well, and I had to turn off registration completely. I would suggest you at least make it so the moderator has to approve people, and just delete all the ids that look like 35ki68dfl. I doubt you will nuke anyone legit.

    mmChris
    Keymaster
    Post count: 880

    Thanks Tom, I may just do that. I hate having people wait for me to approve them, but I’ve deleted at least 500 fake registrations in the last week so we may have to go that way.

    SilentCal
    Moderator
    Post count: 1285

    I can help approve people if it goes through the squirrell file.

    I say do whatever it takes, My spam-killer finger is getting a workout.

    mmChris
    Keymaster
    Post count: 880

    The only thing we really do when we require approval is move the problem. Instead of removing annoying email, we’re denying annoying registrations. But we can see how it works. I’d hate to have legitimate people waiting for us to approve them, we’d need to be online every day, which is tougher than you’d think! Let’s see how it works and we can go from there.

    MichaelJ
    Participant
    Post count: 839

    The disadvantage to moderating signups is that it puts a large burden on a smaller number of people. However, the advantage is that one spammer signup can result in many posts, and the burden is still on those select few to disable that account.

    RichNH
    Post count: 14

    Well, whatever you do, it’s fine with me. You’re doing a great job!

    mmChris
    Keymaster
    Post count: 880

    I’ve reinstalled an add-on that I thought we had, but wasn’t working well. It turns out during the last upgrade I wrote over it. Now that it’s back up and running, we haven’t gotten a single bot (spammer) registration (three hours and counting).

    MichaelJ
    Participant
    Post count: 839

    {like}

    mmChris
    Keymaster
    Post count: 880

    Six hours and not one spammer has been able to register. Thank goodness. I think we have the problem solved. We’ll still need to upgrade, but now we can do it at our pace.
    :beer:

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