What is going on with the forums? I woke up this morning to 15 "new thread" emails, 10 of which are obviously spam. There doesn't appear to be a way to report a post or thread to an administrator. Is someone aware of the problem? I think this forum's on the verge of getting completely overrun with spammers.
Adding captcha with new registrations will render the forum a "less easy" target, and like house thieves, they'll move on to easier pickings.
It's possible to track the domain the spam is referring to, find out who the host and ISP are, then file a complaint with interpol.
These attacks are worthless if the sponsors of them are tracked down and hunted like the dogs they are. There'll be a site that's benefiting from the clicks, and that's your culprit.
It already has email verification now, so I don't think a captcha would offer much more help. I'm all for trying it, but I wouldn't expect it to be any good.
They usually link to an IP, not a domain, they have a very, very large botnet pool of IPs, and even if they use a domain, not all countries respect our views on spam and the domains can be registered there.It's not often that simple either. Some of the ways these spammers profit is to sell traffic to a domain to boost the domain in google rankings to increase its resale value (who do you report it to? google doesn't like to listen and the domain will be sold to the victim by the time anything happens), or selling scam goods like illegal software on a site they set up in 10 minutes and don't care if it's taken down. Or they force malware onto your computer and get paid a per-download fee from the malware authors.Fighting spam just doesn't work on the level you're talking about, by the time you track them down and get someone to do something about it, they've moved on 10 times already.
They're exploiting a known YaBB vulnerability, the attacks will stop with captcha added into the registration process. The board isn't just being spammed, it's being flooded - captcha will plug the hole enough for it to stop.
Unfortunately the spam has disappeared, next time it shows up (if it does) I'll take a look at what they're "desperately" trying to tell the world about. They're not impervious to detection, that's why most of them get caught... eventually
Does YaBB keep track of poster's IP addresses? We could start blocking ranges of repeat offenders.