[Discuss] Preventing Spam in phpBB3

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Re: [Discuss] Preventing Spam in phpBB3

Post by Pony99CA » Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:46 am

schwim wrote: On testing, if I select -12, the system gives me a "check your inbox to verify your email address" message, instead of an error. No account is created, but it looks to me like they should be getting some form of error if they use that timezone, no?
No.

First, I believe that trigger_error is used to output lots of messages, not just "errors".

Second, in this case, the message being output is the ACCOUNT_INACTIVE message. It's meant to make spammers think that they can activate their account, but they'll never be able to (because no E-mail was really sent).

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Re: [Discuss] Preventing Spam in phpBB3

Post by schwim » Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:52 am

Thanks very much Steve!

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Re: [Discuss] Preventing Spam in phpBB3

Post by grantimatter » Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:28 pm

Hi! I've been running the board over at boblind.com and since around November 20, we've been getting more than 200 new spam registrations/topics awaiting approval a day.

Changing the Q&A question hasn't helped (it's something specific to a song by the site owner, a musician).

Any other ideas? Does banning the 0 UTC still work?

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Post by stevemaury » Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:39 pm

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Re: [Discuss] Preventing Spam in phpBB3

Post by Lumpy Burgertushie » Wed Nov 28, 2012 1:48 am

actually a google search comes up with many returns with the answer to that question.


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Re: [Discuss] Preventing Spam in phpBB3

Post by grantimatter » Wed Nov 28, 2012 4:44 am

stevemaury wrote:Please fill out the Support Request Template Generator and post it back here to enable us to assist you better.
You bet! Here: Support Request Template
What version of phpBB are you using? phpBB 3.0.11
What is your board's URL? http://boblind.com
Who do you host your board with? godaddy.com (not my idea)
How did you install your board? I used the download package from phpBB.com
What is the most recent action performed on your board? Update from a previous version of phpBB3
Is registration required to reproduce this issue? No
Do you have any MODs installed? Yes - AutoMOD, a couple old Captchas, Anti-Spam and "MCP info on index"
What version of phpBB3 did you update from? phpBB 3.0.10
What styles do you currently have installed? prosilver/subsilver
What language(s) is your board currently using? English
Which database type/version are you using? MySQL 4
What is your level of experience? New to PHP but not phpBB
When did your problem begin? Nov 20 or so
Please describe your problem. Overwhelmed by spam registrations & topics waiting approval
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Lumpy Burgertushie wrote:actually a google search comes up with many returns with the answer to that question.
It sure does... but most of them contradict each other, and quite a few are from 2009 or so. In May 2012 in this topic, Martin Truckenbrodt said the UTC-12 trick didn't work, but folks are still talking about it... so I'm wondering if it's still worth a shot... or if there's something about changing the Q in the Q&A to a board-specific question that I'm overlooking.

Or if there's some other thing I can do.

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Re: [Discuss] Preventing Spam in phpBB3

Post by Mick » Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:55 am

grantimatter wrote:Or if there's some other thing I can do.
What's the real address of your board?
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Re: [Discuss] Preventing Spam in phpBB3

Post by HGN » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:20 am

I guess it's http://www.boblind.com/board.

Before changing the Q&A, did you remove all inactive users?
Probably these members allready registered before you changed the Q&A and only activated after that.

Check ACP > USERS AND GROUPS > Inactive users and see if there are still inactive users.
Remove tham and see if any more new spamusers become active.

The UTC-12 trick only works for spambots registering with a default timezone. Most spambots are smarter these days and will select one of the valid timezones. So that trick will not work for most spambots.

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Re: [Discuss] Preventing Spam in phpBB3

Post by grantimatter » Wed Nov 28, 2012 3:27 pm

Sorry about the address - yes, it's boblind.com/board.

I thought I'd deleted all the inactive users.... ah, they all say "deactivated by administrator" in the list. I'll try pruning them all now - thanks for the idea!

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Re: [Discuss] Preventing Spam in phpBB3

Post by orillia3 » Sun Dec 02, 2012 1:38 am

I am happy to say that just one Q&A has been working for the last three days, not one spam signup yet. I have a lot of the spammers to clean out now that registered but did not post yet. None of the spam got viewed on the board because new signups went into their newly registered group that needed approval. I figured that out when I started the board a year ago.

If I knew the CAPTCHAs did not work, I would have changed to Q&A sooner, it took a while to realize they were not working at all.

I guess if they go back to the sweat shops of human solvers I will have to figure out something else, in the meantime Q&A is working. That was essentially my previous question, if they use humans to crack to Q&A I am screwed.

Google's counting of spam on boards as evidence of popularity in assigning SEO ratings is contributing to the flood of spam.

Thanks for this thread, very illuminating.

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Re: [Discuss] Preventing Spam in phpBB3

Post by weetrees » Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:08 pm

Am as we say in Scotland at my wits end with spammers

The bots have gone and have now been replaced by english speaking question answering fully fledged persistent spammers.

i have 3 questions and they are getting past them when i open registrations for people who have emailed me asking to join.

no idea what else i can do... Every time i open the registrations briefly to let a legit user on i get approx 10 or more spammers registering at the same time..

So questions are
How do they know i have opened registration. I only have it open very briefly
How do i prevent them from registering yet have the forum open again.
We already have a min amount of moderated posts so no one can actually post on the board and get seen so the spam never ever makes the front of the people they want to see it.


any help would be great
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Re: [Discuss] Preventing Spam in phpBB3

Post by Lumpy Burgertushie » Tue Dec 04, 2012 4:48 am

we can't help if we can't see the board.

please give us a link to the board so we can see what your registrations system is like.

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Re: [Discuss] Preventing Spam in phpBB3

Post by weetrees » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:35 am

Hi Robert
Sorry
its
www.weetrees.co.uk

i have the registration suspended again for the moment as i cannot be bothered dealing with the piles of emails coming in from prospective Ethiopian viagra sellers

I will open it up just now and give me a holler once you have had a look at it

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Re: [Discuss] Preventing Spam in phpBB3

Post by Pond Life » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:35 am

Who was the 15th president of the USA

You need to use questions that google can't answer. ;)
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Re: [Discuss] Preventing Spam in phpBB3

Post by weetrees » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:57 am

Pond Life wrote:Who was the 15th president of the USA

You need to use questions that google can't answer. ;)
Fair and i take that point on board
The 2nd and third questions are a bit less easy for google to answer :-)
The third one is a person has to think about it type question i added in after reading a few more posts last night. So hopefully that will stem it.

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