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Title: Spam
Post by: Riva on May 30, 2014, 09:12 am
It's (spam) coming in thick and fast this morning, I'm losing track of who I've reported and who is new.

Maybe new sign ups need vetting (and a 24 hour delay?) before posting to anything other than a new user forum. It might encourage them to search for the answer instead of asking the same question over and over again.


Punxsutawney Phil say no though.
Title: Re: Spam
Post by: Coding Badly on May 30, 2014, 10:02 am

Clean.  Resume reporting.

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Maybe new sign ups need vetting (and a 24 hour delay?) before posting to anything other than a new user forum. It might encourage them to search for the answer instead of asking the same question over and over again.


We (moderators) would that we could.   =(
Title: Re: Spam
Post by: CrossRoads on May 30, 2014, 08:15 pm
Are there any legitimate accounts from IP address 182.186.xxx.xxx?
Been banning a lot users from there.
Title: Re: Spam
Post by: Coding Badly on May 30, 2014, 09:32 pm

I think that's Bangladesh.  In which case there are apparently two.

ISP:   Pakistan Telecommuication company limited

Wow.  They actually misspelled their own company name in the IP registration.

Still checking for legitimate users...
Title: Re: Spam
Post by: CrossRoads on May 30, 2014, 11:35 pm
Ban 'em. They are like the worst offendor for Spam.
Title: Re: Spam
Post by: Paul__B on Jun 01, 2014, 12:36 am
Not a bad idea.  Some places are just not ready to enter the 20th century.   :smiley-eek:
Title: Re: Spam
Post by: Coding Badly on Jun 01, 2014, 09:15 am

Unfortunately, there is one legitimate user.
Title: Re: Spam
Post by: Riva on Jun 01, 2014, 09:23 am


Unfortunately, there is one legitimate user.


The Needs of the Many Outweigh the Needs of the Few or the One  ]:)
Title: Re: Spam
Post by: GoForSmoke on Jun 02, 2014, 04:15 am

It might encourage them to search for the answer instead of asking the same question over and over again.


The ones I keep reporting (with references to the Python Spam sketch) keep asking for members to view what I can only assume are marketing or virus site links.

Title: Re: Spam
Post by: wizdum on Jun 02, 2014, 06:02 am
What kind of hosting does this site use? If you have a dedicated server or a VM, ConfigServer Firewall (http://configserver.com/cp/csf.html) is a great free way to filter IP addresses.  The install is really simple (its just an iptables wrapper), and the GUI is fantastic. It has login failure detection (brute force detection) and supports importing IP addresses from public ban lists and keeps your own local ban list. I believe you can also ban countries, but that would be difficult here as this is a multinational site. I use it on my cPanel webserver which was receiving about 1 - 5 attacks per second. For public ban lists, I like Spamhaus's Composite Blocking List, and their Zen ban list (http://www.spamhaus.org/zen/). There is also Project Honeypot's BlackList (http:BL).  If this site is on a shared hosting plan, you may be able to find a module for either the forum software or the content management system that will let you import these ban lists.


EDIT:
Also, if you want to check the validity of an IP address, go to www.senderbase.org and type it in. It will show you if the IP sends a lot of spam, and if it is on any block lists. It will also show you if there are any other bad IPs in the block. For example, that 182.186.x.x block has 17 blacklisted IPs in it: http://www.senderbase.org/lookup/?search_string=182.186.0.0 The Project Honeypot website works the same way.
Title: Re: Spam
Post by: Henry_Best on Jun 03, 2014, 06:30 am

There is no such thing as a stupid question but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots.
There are??   :)
Title: Re: Spam
Post by: GoForSmoke on Jun 03, 2014, 06:45 am
geez, we should look into that!