|Forum Spam and "Hey, Where'd My Account Go?"
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|Author:||Stephen Ewen [ Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:08 pm ]|
|Post subject:||Forum Spam and "Hey, Where'd My Account Go?"|
I've finally had time to put in some very rigorous and multi-layered anti-spam measures at each entry point of the UberStudent website.
The task was made a bit more complicated than normal due to the phpBB bridge extension that is placed between the forums and the Drupal sides of the site. Although I all along had some measures in places at the forums, spammers were making accounts in Drupal and then posting here. No more, or nearly no more.
[Update: now four days after implementing the new measures, there has not been even one spam account. if you run a forum, email me and I'll share what I did.]
If you've ever wanted to see a SpamBot in action, have a look at this video. Be prepared to lift your jaw off the floor. That video is five years old, so things have since gotten even more sophisticated and...insidious.
Last night, I had to prune literally thousands of SpamBot accounts. Unfortunately, it is inevitable that some real accounts got deleted, possibly yours.
If so, please accept my apologies, and please do make another account. If you'll follow these guidelines when making your username, it's very unlikely to ever happen again. I've yet to see a SpamBot account with a space in the username.
Here's hoping I can finally set this thing down:
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