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Title: just to give you an idea.. of how heavy the spammers are hitting
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 25, 2010, 06:09:14 PM


GG>-  this is one single IP address, and these are logons under that one IP address..

It chokes me, and sometimes takes the fun out of running this board..   But NOT TODAY, it is Christmas..


173.236.25.76    Plainealeni, ransiosiles, Glulsepew, Heemeaptegige, snubcubdets, SoffBourn, PailiUnalZora, Epingisuttoni, TyncOneSy, haisheria, Daxyarert, heedeenfoks, Aciltbubbup, Addincdum, soodyMuby, Resedatiepe, FertAppence, Unsericlierse, allexynefearl, Prariskigmise, Imirekeesia, enforceheerne, arracrada, SuincNumpFump, Laubarout, tahfarmOrardy, lyncAnnotte, GumPekequinue, NivaNoing, phamyGoathy, EVEPviaragiff, Ornadayantity, zoneyncinob, Spoippics, NillEmbeneTib, scersevogoums, Houlgegulse, BeeroDoffhona, unlaksFatamma, SaubbomoMam, Foosmevaestab, friersniz, Adakapselapar, KimaClitada, Engattsnazy, Emedexcence, Ideorgomell, gaiclemia, noudderee, fecruinee, Hidoanaxiacic, untockflootly, Gauviaday, sizhismsess, Likeavelase, Affiliblell, jeorbruibre, BypeenzypeRor, VewVaslermjew, smoneebef, Uncerryhere, Dofreurge, QuessytuB, arigigmazek, SlosyStusly, Meteepinialia, Bedanorbraday, nearlibra, arrertyBusNet, Cabsattaree, effebyDop, AttitDokinell, Insenearp, gycleriederee, Usenunseteerm, Hotiamnmextax, RoareeBag, sokapaddy, Clingeessella, effexPseulk, Edidaorargy, MestvafeAdefs, SeemWraro, Noffplatola, jeariNerfeect, awarberveta, GattUnifist, Beaureadvet, undemnben, duettyJucky

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Title: Re: just to give you an idea.. of how heavy the spammers are hitting
Post by: Jmolinari on December 25, 2010, 08:07:58 PM
you do a good job keeping ht eboard clean. thanks for your efforts
Title: Re: just to give you an idea.. of how heavy the spammers are hitting
Post by: totm on January 04, 2011, 07:17:31 AM
and they even create Admin accounts.  That IS scary.
Title: Re: just to give you an idea.. of how heavy the spammers are hitting
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on January 04, 2011, 10:14:24 AM
Those trawling programs are really not that sophisticated. Just change the captcha program and the problem is solved.
Title: Re: just to give you an idea.. of how heavy the spammers are hitting
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 13, 2011, 04:06:11 PM


Thanks to FlyinBrian and all of your support we are working the spammers as they come aboard.  Thank goodness you folks do not have to see the crap that we weed out BEFORE it gets to the board.   Here is the number up to today, with 131 members awaiting approval, nearly all of which (99.97%)  are spammers.

30996 Spammers blocked up until today

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Title: Re: just to give you an idea.. of how heavy the spammers are hitting
Post by: terry on January 14, 2011, 12:48:05 PM
On my board, I ban the IP Address of known spammers.

Once, I even went so far as to block all new account creations from public email addresses.
Title: Re: just to give you an idea.. of how heavy the spammers are hitting
Post by: Jmolinari on January 14, 2011, 01:00:08 PM
On my board, I ban the IP Address of known spammers.

Once, I even went so far as to block all new account creations from public email addresses.

Yah a DPreview blocks hotmail, yahoo, gmail account...it's incredibly annoying. I had to use my work email to register...total bull.
Title: Re: just to give you an idea.. of how heavy the spammers are hitting
Post by: terry on January 14, 2011, 02:28:32 PM
I think I still have all the IP Addresses of Russia and former states of the Soviet Union blocked, along with all of China.

This stopped a large majority of spam account requests. I was getting thousands a day and got it way down to one or two a week.

I reduced my spam issue by using a combination of techniques. One was to use a, "are you human?" and the user would have to pick the correct answer to allow the form to pass. (That does not work anymore.)

The other was to ban user names of known spammers by subscribing to a list. I think it was the same list I got the public IP addresses from and known spammer emails from.
Title: Re: just to give you an idea.. of how heavy the spammers are hitting
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on January 14, 2011, 03:28:50 PM
Mebbe a different animal I guess. I have not been affiliated with a company that did a posting board for years, but I used to get endless SPAM sent to my email address. My programmer simply added on the contactus page:

"Enter this code:" followed by a four-digit number on top of a colored background and it's worked.

But not before I scored some great male enhancement products. (http://bestsmileys.com/bouncing/3.gif)   
Title: Re: just to give you an idea.. of how heavy the spammers are hitting
Post by: terry on January 14, 2011, 03:44:28 PM
Ambiguous reply:
Do those things really work?
Title: Re: just to give you an idea.. of how heavy the spammers are hitting
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on January 14, 2011, 03:54:23 PM
Ambiguous reply:
Do those things really work?

Specific answer. Yes for me. My site has an Alexa ranking of @480K, has been higher, and has been a huge target. Not sure exactly how they work, but I believe many come from the same source so once they know they can get around yer mousetrap...look out.

I went from dozens a day, every day to none.

Adding I just emailed my programmer to see exactly where he got the script from.

From my "view source" it's "includes/imagecreate.php?code=6832"
Title: Re: just to give you an idea.. of how heavy the spammers are hitting
Post by: Minerva on January 14, 2011, 04:03:49 PM
Ambiguous reply:
Do those things really work?

Perhaps he/she was referring to the male enhancement products.  ;D
Title: Re: just to give you an idea.. of how heavy the spammers are hitting
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on January 14, 2011, 04:20:18 PM
Ambiguous reply:
Do those things really work?

Perhaps he/she was referring to the male enhancement products.  ;D

Ah! Well I have been told that I have perfect ah, never mind.

Is that why I haven't heard back from my programmer?
Title: Re: just to give you an idea.. of how heavy the spammers are hitting
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on January 14, 2011, 05:27:10 PM
Anyway, ah SPAM, not the other stuff... He sez

That's a custom-built one.  It works, but has some limitations which determined spammers can get around.

On newer websites, I'm now using ReCaptcha. 

You can find the details for how to implement this here:
http://www.google.com/recaptcha
Title: Re: just to give you an idea.. of how heavy the spammers are hitting
Post by: KoPP on January 15, 2011, 03:37:38 AM
We use some DNS tricks that kill harvest attacks. Using a Symantic filter keeps out about 90% of the spam (after major tweaking). We can't use authentication schemes, since the public thinks "they aren't polite". Outlook allows for users to do their own junk rules. We still get some leakage (out of about 800k total emails daily).
Title: Re: just to give you an idea.. of how heavy the spammers are hitting
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on March 08, 2011, 10:32:56 AM
I was having some server issues myself, but my programmer told me something that may very much apply to your issues:

I'm going to block all Chinese and Korean IP addresses from even connecting to the server.  About 90% of all spam / hacking attempts come from China or South Korea, so I'm just going to cut them off completely.

I report, you decide, but I just wanted to give you that food for thought.