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by haggisv
Tue Jan 25, 2011 2:35 am
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: Spam Bots Attacking! Please Help!
Replies: 104
Views: 8459

Re: Spam Bots Attacking! Please Help!

Callum95 wrote:If you use the Q&A captcha correctly you shouldn't need a modification. Use some unique, challenging (although not overly so) questions and you will be fine.~Callum
I agree completely. Why modify your forum, when an inbuilt module will do the job?
by haggisv
Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:05 pm
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Plans for phpbb 3.0.9?
Replies: 6
Views: 1321

Re: Plans for phpbb 3.0.9?

Thanks for the tips guys!
by haggisv
Wed Jan 19, 2011 2:02 am
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Plans for phpbb 3.0.9?
Replies: 6
Views: 1321

Plans for phpbb 3.0.9?

I'm curious what the plans are for the next version?

Since I find upgrading a pain (mainly due to my own lack of technical knowledge and experience :oops: ), I'm wondering if it's worth waiting for the next upgrade, or go with 3.0.8?
by haggisv
Tue Jan 11, 2011 12:00 am
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: You exceeded the maximum allowed number of login attempts
Replies: 24
Views: 12995

Re: You exceeded the maximum allowed number of login attempt

I find that my site slows down significantly when these waves of login attemps come in as well.

If I temporarily disable new registrations, will this reduce the load on the server?
by haggisv
Sun Jan 09, 2011 12:43 am
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: Spam Bots Attacking! Please Help!
Replies: 104
Views: 8459

Re: Spam Bots Attacking! Please Help!

Just out of interest, and this is not conclusive proof.... I've just changed all my Q&A questions, and in the last 6 hours, I've not had a single spammer register. This tends to indicate that they are not bypassing the Q&A, but have simply compiled a set of answers, that will, after enough ...
by haggisv
Fri Jan 07, 2011 3:28 am
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: Spam Bots Attacking! Please Help!
Replies: 104
Views: 8459

Re: Spam Bots Attacking! Please Help!

Yes that's a very handy resource!
by haggisv
Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:33 am
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: Spam Bots Attacking! Please Help!
Replies: 104
Views: 8459

Re: Spam Bots Attacking! Please Help!

I look up the IPs in stopforumspam.com, and if they're listed I block the single IP. I don't usually like to block IP ranges, as it can block many legit users as well, but from certain countries (which are known for spam and are unlikely to offer legit users) I sometimes do block the IP range too.
by haggisv
Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:31 am
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: Spam Bots Attacking! Please Help!
Replies: 104
Views: 8459

Re: Spam Bots Attacking! Please Help!

Just out of interest, and this is not conclusive proof.... I've just changed all my Q&A questions, and in the last 6 hours, I've not had a single spammer register. This tends to indicate that they are not bypassing the Q&A, but have simply compiled a set of answers, that will, after enough t...
by haggisv
Thu Jan 06, 2011 11:03 pm
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: Spam Bots Attacking! Please Help!
Replies: 104
Views: 8459

Re: Spam Bots Attacking! Please Help!

Cpt. Blackbeard wrote:How do you know it's bots and not humans bypassing the Q&A?
We can't be sure, but the sheer volume that suddenly seems to get past the Q&A is a strong indication that they are bots, or at least something semi-automated.
by haggisv
Thu Jan 06, 2011 7:04 pm
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: You exceeded the maximum allowed number of login attempts
Replies: 24
Views: 12995

Re: You exceeded the maximum allowed number of login attempt

I agree, it's such a waste of bandwidth and resources! It pretty much doubles you hosting requirements, if not more.
by haggisv
Thu Jan 06, 2011 7:01 pm
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: Spam Bots Attacking! Please Help!
Replies: 104
Views: 8459

Re: Spam Bots Attacking! Please Help!

I've been running with Q&A for nearly a year and I have administrative activation. The questions I have are very specific to my niche interest group and can only be answered by careful reading of the site. In the last 3 weeks the number of attempted spam sign-ups has rocketed. Occam's razor say...
by haggisv
Sun Jan 02, 2011 11:30 pm
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Recognise spam/hackers in log files
Replies: 15
Views: 4013

Re: Recognise spam/hackers in log files

Thanks a lot Dog Cow!

WOw you've done well to make some automated script out for that... I had trouble seeing anything different than from normal logs, apart from the external URLs which will always be different of course...
by haggisv
Sat Jan 01, 2011 1:38 pm
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Recognise spam/hackers in log files
Replies: 15
Views: 4013

Re: Recognise spam/hackers in log files

Callum95 wrote:I've seen quite a few SQL injection attempt in my logs, but they're obvious. You wont be able to recognise spam in the logs though

~Callum
Obviously to you perhaps, but I would not have a clue how to identify that. Can you advice what to look for please? Cheers!
by haggisv
Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:45 am
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Recognise spam/hackers in log files
Replies: 15
Views: 4013

Re: Recognise spam/hackers in log files

Thanks for the reality check, and putting thing in perspective! :P You make a good point!

I think it's the wasted bandwidth and server load that these clowns use that annoys me the most...
by haggisv
Sat Jan 01, 2011 12:50 am
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Recognise spam/hackers in log files
Replies: 15
Views: 4013

Re: Recognise spam/hackers in log files

What about those that seem to continuously try to login using other people usernames, and presumably try to guess the passwords. Anyway to recognise them from the logs? There seems to be a huge increase of this activity in the last few days, as many members have reported that they get the message th...

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