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Spam Problem

Posted by ela_kiid 
Spam Problem
September 29, 2010 12:44AM
My message board is getting flooded with spam - I looked through the messages/admin panel to see if I can get the users ip address and block him with my .htaccess file. No luck - does anyone else have any alternatives to this problem??

Thanks in advance!
Re: Spam Problem
September 29, 2010 04:12AM
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/24/2018 11:38PM by Voltius.
Re: Spam Problem
September 29, 2010 03:42PM
When users sign up, I manually approve them, after checking their email and ip at [www.stopforumspam.com] (which by the way, could/may be automated for an ambitious developer).

I also use and check the event logging module for really short times between registering and attempting to log in, if I suddenly get a bunch of registrations.
Re: Spam Problem
September 29, 2010 04:02PM
Interesting Scott! I didn't know about that website. How well does this work for you. Is it a substantial amount of users that you block using this? If it is, it could be a good addition for the spam hurdles module.


Maurice Makaay
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Re: Spam Problem
September 29, 2010 05:05PM
Maurice,

580 users in 12 years, so I only get a few legitimate registrations a month. I reject 15 to 50 spam registrations a month based on stopforumspam.com.

You do need to check the email and the ip as separate searches.
Re: Spam Problem
September 29, 2010 07:22PM
Thanks, that sounds quite useful. I'll put it on my todo list for Spam Hurdles!


Maurice Makaay
Phorum Development Team
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Re: Spam Problem
September 29, 2010 07:36PM
If you are planning on automating it, there are many resources available on their website, scripts, down loadable lists. An api key for adding to their list. Too many hits an you get banned. Check the Resources menu, and their Forum.
Re: Spam Problem
September 29, 2010 07:53PM
Sounds like a great idea. I've never heard about that site before. I think a separate module would be best.


Thomas Seifert
Phorum Development Team / Mysnip-Solutions.de
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Re: Spam Problem
July 13, 2011 10:08PM
Hello, I found this thread searching to see if any stopforumspam.com integration had already been done, it looks quite useful and dealing with spammers (even after implementing registration captchas and other methods) every day is getting very tiresome

This thread is the only mention I could find, has a module been developed already or has support been added to Spam Hurdles?

If not, I will start writing a new module in a few weeks (after my eyes heal from surgery)

On first glance I suppose the mod configuration would be something like this:
- option to block or manually approve registration from spam IPs
- option to block or manually approve posts from spam IPs
- site specific API key
- reporting feature back to stopforumspam.com? maybe not for v0.1

Edit: actually checking each post would be overkill, just check on registration.

Thanks,
Skye

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Skye Nott
Corvus Digital



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/13/2011 10:15PM by Skye.
Re: Spam Problem
July 14, 2011 07:06AM
No, no work has been done on this yet.


Thomas Seifert
Phorum Development Team / Mysnip-Solutions.de
Custom Phorum and general software development
worry-free Phorum Hosting
Re: Spam Problem
July 14, 2011 07:39AM
Checking each post would be overkill, unless IP's can be registered as spammy after a user has registered. This happening is a quite basic scenario I guess. Therefore, it would not be overkill to check at posting time too. What could be useful, is a local caching mechanism for recently looked up IP's, so you won't have to check remotely a lot for busy users.

And good luck with the healing process!


Maurice Makaay
Phorum Development Team
my blog linkedin profile secret sauce
Re: Spam Problem
July 29, 2011 10:54PM
Maybe the best approach would be to check each post for a user's first N posts, or for N days after they register (although I have found linkspammers that registered months ago, never post, and then suddenly start spamming - so perhaps the former method is more useful). Once they have posted 10 or 20 times and passed, they can probably be trusted. If they fail the SFS check more than X times (default 1), their account is marked disabled.

Ironic that forum linkspam is getting so bad now, when Google's Panda ranking algo has made that approach basically worthless months ago. I guess the spammers didn't get the memo.

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Skye Nott
Corvus Digital
Re: Spam Problem
November 03, 2011 06:22AM
Speaking of spam problems... I'm back home and will start working on this plugin soon. I already have a working version for my custom CMS, I just need to make it into a Phorum module.

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Skye Nott
Corvus Digital
Re: Spam Problem
November 04, 2011 03:26AM
I had this problem a few months ago. I wrote a small module that checks it IP address at httpBL.abuse.ch for known forum spam sources. If there's a hit, the module also syslogs the event and I have fail2ban configured to block the address based on that log entry.

The module could use some more work to make it pretty. But it does the job for me.
Re: Spam Problem
November 07, 2011 04:15AM
It's also a good idea to log failed logins. Then use fail2ban to block IP addresses that have been trying to hack into accounts.
Re: Spam Problem
November 28, 2011 06:43PM
As I needed it for one of my projects I put together a first version of a stopforumspam module.
See [www.phorum.org] .

Sorry Skye, I just needed it right now.


Thomas Seifert
Phorum Development Team / Mysnip-Solutions.de
Custom Phorum and general software development
worry-free Phorum Hosting




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