I was using the Q&A captcha on mine until last night, when I switched to reCaptcha. Can switch back to Q&A if you want to run any tests?stevemaury wrote:Travisher, unless you have modified it, you are not using the Q&A CAPTCHA built into phpBB.
H'mm as far as I'm aware I had a mod on a previous version but that I had gone with a clean copy when I updated last time. I'll take a look at it again tonight, I need to do so anyway as its stuck between the previous version 3.0.7-PL1 and the newest version 3.0.8. the main page says its on 3.0.8 but the System page says it's 3.0.7.PL1 - probably my fault for doing it when I was tiredstevemaury wrote:Travisher, unless you have modified it, you are not using the Q&A CAPTCHA built into phpBB.
This is exactly what happened to me. Spammer in the last few days have skyrocketed, so they've obviously either programmed in all my answers, or they have a way of bypassing it.Travisher wrote: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 says that the spambots have a way of bypassing the CAPCHA completely since unless they are programmed with the answers they cannot answer the questions.
It's been the reverse for me. I have always been using Q&A without problems but the spambot registrations just went crazy in the past 48 hours. I've switched to reCaptcha.Fujcube wrote:Hi,
My phpBB & portal have just been updated to the latest releases and I am also getting numerous bogus accounts being registered, mainly on gmail and from everywhere east of GB!! This was never a problem before. I have always used reCaptcha as my Spambot countermeasure in the past have never had one bogus account. Now I am having to have Accounts activated by Administration which is far from ideal and a total pain in the ass!!
I will try switching my countermeasure to Q&A unless there is a better option.
http://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/mod/a ... ification/I used to use a Mod under 2.x that asked people to justify them having the privilege of posting to the forum but that was blown away when I moved to 3.x and I switched to 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.Cpt. Blackbeard wrote:How do you know it's bots and not humans bypassing the Q&A?