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How does this spammer do it?

Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 9:49 pm
by DigiMusicDoc
Ever since I made my forum searchable by Google, I keep getting this one pest (at least I think it's the same person) who signs up and shows his website as either a porn, drugs, or gambling site.

I first installed the 'only show active users' mod. Then he kept signing up using different email addresses, so I banned *@mail.ru and installed the 'signup ip address' mod and banned several different ip addresses.

So today he signs up again with a @mail.ru email address and an ip address of 0.0.0.0. This is more of a minor annoyance than anything else, but I am curious as to how he could do that.

Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 9:52 pm
by Anon
Have you tried enabling Visual Confirmation in admin panel -> general admin -> configuration?

Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 11:28 pm
by super3boy
i don't know but i have a message to spammers oo1oo.

Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 11:33 pm
by fpscops.com
This is just a spam robot. Visual confirmation should stop them.

Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 11:55 pm
by DigiMusicDoc
Anon wrote: Have you tried enabling Visual Confirmation in admin panel -> general admin -> configuration?


Hmmmm. Don't see that. I'm on 2.0.15. Sounds like I have to do an upgrade.

Posted: Sat Feb 04, 2006 12:33 am
by ~AJK~
DigiMusicDoc wrote:
Anon wrote:Have you tried enabling Visual Confirmation in admin panel -> general admin -> configuration?


Hmmmm. Don't see that. I'm on 2.0.15. Sounds like I have to do an upgrade.


Yes. You are vulnerable to hacking as well. See this link (after you upgrade :wink: )

Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 10:08 am
by -jm-
You need to update your forum and your style ...
Visual confirmation is included as default feature since the remote 2.0.11

Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 10:19 am
by JohanLM
I have visual conf. but still got bots.
Talk about it goin on here >
http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=364850

Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 9:42 pm
by LucidParody
-jm- wrote: You need to update your forum and your style ...
Visual confirmation is included as default feature since the remote 2.0.11


Actually, I don't think it's turned on by default. I try to keep my forum uptodate, but I usually don't read the change logs. I didn't even know visual confirmation was a feature until a couple releases later when someone mentioned it on the forums.

Ever since I turned it on, it's been incredibly effective in stopping the bots.

Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 12:14 am
by fpscops.com
It's a defualt feature just not enabled by defualt, which it should be.

Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 5:37 am
by espicom
Starting at version 2.0.18, VC is on by default. Lots of people complaining about it, too - they're running pre-2.0.11 styles, so they don't display the graphic, and can't see to disable it... :roll: