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Re: Forum Spammers
« Reply #15 on: October 14, 2010, 02:54:18 am »
It's always worth dropping Arfon a line, he is very responsive and wonderful! :)

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« Reply #16 on: October 14, 2010, 02:58:00 am »
It's always worth dropping Arfon a line, he is very responsive and wonderful! :)
I did.  Something needs to be done about it--no way of telling what those links might contain, or when they might begin to post.


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« Reply #18 on: October 14, 2010, 04:18:26 pm »
Since we are getting new logins created at a rate of atleast 1 per minute, is it possible to turn off create account for a while to clean up and perhaps discorage them. perhaps a failure count on a target stops the attack at least for awhile.
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« Reply #19 on: October 14, 2010, 04:40:51 pm »
Since we are getting new logins created at a rate of atleast 1 per minute...
If that rate is true, it is difficult to believe this in not an automated attack.  I did give Arfon a suggestion as to how to effectively curtail machine registrations.

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« Reply #20 on: October 14, 2010, 05:02:25 pm »
It has slowed.
And was much higher the other evening/early morning UTC.

time                members               difference
12:20:52        326698
12:44:47        326720                  22
12:47:22        326721                  1
13:00:50        326734                  13
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« Reply #21 on: October 14, 2010, 05:15:35 pm »
I'll get rid of a few more, had to deal with masses earlier ;)

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« Reply #22 on: October 14, 2010, 07:39:05 pm »
I'll get rid of a few more, had to deal with masses earlier ;)
If possible, it would be very useful to keep a log of their User names, Email addresses, and especially IP addresses.

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« Reply #23 on: October 14, 2010, 08:08:22 pm »
I've tried ping on a few of the domain names. I get IP addresses but the ping times out and fails.
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« Reply #24 on: October 14, 2010, 08:14:32 pm »
All of that information is in principle available to the Administrators and Moderators.  There is no way we individual members can be of much help in this beyond what we have already done which was to alert them to the problem.  The problem is systemic in nature and only a systemic approach can attempt to solve it.

I am curious as to what malicious scripts, etc. might be lurking in the links they have posted, but I do not have the time to pursue it.  I would also urge members not to click on any of those links unless they are qualified to deal with infected websites.

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Re: Forum Spammers
« Reply #25 on: October 14, 2010, 08:20:59 pm »
Hi all, I've been dealing with these today, yes please don't click on the links and we will sort it out. Thanks for your concern :)

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« Reply #26 on: October 14, 2010, 08:41:53 pm »
I think it's more important to work on stopping the automated bot from adding these new members and then we can go through and delete them, otherwise it's like trying to stop the tide from coming in.
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« Reply #27 on: October 15, 2010, 07:29:01 am »
There is a mod for the forum code called "Stop Spammers" here: http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=1547

may be worth a look if it stops  the flood of registrations.
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« Reply #28 on: October 15, 2010, 07:41:05 am »
Apparently there is a way to stop people placing links in their signature when they register - if we implement this it should stop the automated spammers:

  http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=400235.msg2781739#msg2781739
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« Reply #29 on: October 15, 2010, 09:29:52 am »
The problem here is that we have shared accounts with the zooniverse and so signup actually happens on Zooniverse Home.  I can remove the signatures from the new signups as a short term fix if that helps?