No. They've found a way to understand a certain type of Q&A question. The advantage of Q&A is you can reword it how ever you like. I've changed my question and the accounts stopped. They seem to have learned the 'letters from a code' type of question. That doesn't stop you from writing a different kind of question.Red90 wrote:Obviously the spammers have found a way around Q&A.......
What makes you think they don't have the ability to read more than one language?henmedia wrote:It must be a software issue:
I just changed my Q&A completely, but the new registration continues. And my Q&A is in german language!
I've changed my Q&A completely and it hasn't slowed it down at all. So for now I'm disabling registration until I hear that they have solved this problem.Kevin Clark wrote:What makes you think they don't have the ability to read more than one language?
I've changed my Q&A and they've stopped so I don't believe it's an exploit.
Until now there is nothing to solve, since the phpBB software does not judge (is not able to judge) the question used.tortus32 wrote:until I hear that they have solved this problem.
I changed my Q&A to questions that only I could answer, just as a test, and it did not slow them down at all. One was asking for my wife's work number, and I made the acceptable answer a made up phone number. Another was asking for my first pet's name - and again, I entered a random name as the acceptable answer. A third one I said what is 23 plus 14 minus 10 - and i made the acceptable answer 157, which is obviously wrong. None of this slowed them down.HGN wrote:Until now there is nothing to solve, since the phpBB software does not judge (is not able to judge) the question used.tortus32 wrote:until I hear that they have solved this problem.
We are not seeing an increase of spam registrations at phpbb.com though, and we have no other spam measures in place than standard Q&A (and first post approval for Newly Registered Users).
The spammers search the internet to create lists of forums, blogs, etc. They also crawl the captcha methods and e.g. the queries asked in the Q&A captcha. So chances a spambot is able to answer the Q&A is higher, in case the same question is used at more sites. Once a question has been resolved it can/will be added to a database, so that question is broken for ever.
Still I think the resolution is to use a unique question, that is hard to interpret by a program.