Tar & feathers for spammers

#1 Mar 2nd, 2003, 01:08
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(metaphorically )...like our latest "senior member" henryguy79 isn`t really worth all the residual negative energy ( could`nt help lingering a few seconds of the vision of seeing him stuck in a coin operated toilet with a good case of dysenteria & no coins, though) - just ignore the link which would be the moneymaker in this case.
And thanx for the ignore button, mike - really handy...
#2 Mar 2nd, 2003, 05:26
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I wouldn t even wish him a toilet..
May we all hope that he or she doesn t return with another nickname
#3 Mar 2nd, 2003, 05:28
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I missed it but I knew it was coming. Thanks to our forum leaders (especially John Michael aka Herby Greens) for picking up the ball when it was dropped.

Around the beginning of the week a new form of spam starting hitting the software that this board uses, hundreds of sites where getting knocked out. This is an automated bot that attacks the software and posts over and over again until stopped. The email addresses and ip addresses where constantly being changed. Everyday I would set up banning features for the new emails and ip addresses and everyday it would switch to a new one.

I knew it was only a matter of time and our forum leaders will concur that I also warned them that it was coming.

I could have closed down new memberships but took a gamble that we wouldn't get hit and that I was keeping up with the IP and email blocking, but it still happened.

Around Thursday the company that makes the software rushed out a new security fix for it which means that I have to close down the forum one night very soon and do another upgrade. It won't be as painful as the previous one but is still quite a bit of work.

A big shout's out to the forum leaders for picking up the ball while I was out today working.



Thanks
Mike
#4 Mar 2nd, 2003, 10:44
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Strong work!!!!!
#5 Mar 2nd, 2003, 21:00
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glad it was easy to rectify, I was afraid you'd have to waste most of your weekend cleaning up the mess.
#6 Mar 5th, 2003, 05:44
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Following up on this, the spammer is still occasionally attacking the software, which started again today.

I can stop them from registering and posting, however I cannot keep them from showing up in the who's online screen, so if you see forty people online you know that the site's under attack again.

The only thing that shows up on there end is a screen that says "bugger off".

However we are monitoring the site to make sure this does not cause it to crash (simulating a dos attack).

Mike

ps...out of all the emails I recieved on the first day of the spammer attack, Vistet's was the only one that made me smile.


mmmm... nathmulls...


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