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Re: Bot attack
« Reply #15 on: July 22, 2010, 07:12:00 PM »
It's possible. I'm really not that fussed unless they start posting.

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Re: Bot attack
« Reply #16 on: July 22, 2010, 07:14:06 PM »
See, that's the weird thing.  The ones that were posting don't seem to be able to get in.  It's just the linkback bots that are getting inside now.  Not that they can enter any links... or even edit their profile information..

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Re: Bot attack
« Reply #17 on: July 22, 2010, 07:35:01 PM »
Can they even edit their sigs? I thought we made it so users with no posts couldn't do that...

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Re: Bot attack
« Reply #18 on: July 22, 2010, 09:27:11 PM »
Nope, they cannot.
So there is really nothing in it for them to register here.
Sadly bots don't follow common sense..

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Re: Bot attack
« Reply #19 on: July 27, 2010, 10:10:55 PM »
imike24, spammer/bot. Can post, has linkspam in signiature\post (can't tell). Registered after last post in this topic, so is immune to to whatever security you have.

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Re: Bot attack
« Reply #20 on: July 27, 2010, 10:47:33 PM »
i find myself asking just WHY so many bots want to hijack this forum?
a random choice or specific target?

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Re: Bot attack
« Reply #21 on: July 28, 2010, 12:07:16 AM »
They're just robots - their owners have a big list of sites that can be any length they like, so when they find active forums they just add them on to the list of potential registrations.

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Re: Bot attack
« Reply #22 on: July 30, 2010, 09:37:44 PM »
its backlinking, basically they find sites that have any relevance they can get even if its just a couple words, the bots register and set profiles that link back to the selected site to boost then when google and other search engines grab the sites pages they find that profile and take the words from the profile the weight of the site the link appears from and use that to calculate the rating of the other website, the more sites that link to your site with relevant details the higher up the page rankings you go and thus creating a free high pr domain for ome spammer to sell crap from.

Captcha is really hard thing to get right as there are so many different ones and so many bots that are designed to get around them, if you know any php then I would look at doing what we did on the 3c website and introduce an about page and then on the register page ask them for details from the about page like what day the site was founded or who the lead admin is etc as this isn't a common captcha and thus makes it harder to create a bot to get around it, then change the requested detail once every couple months and you should find the bots can't get in anymore.
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Re: Bot attack
« Reply #23 on: November 01, 2010, 01:08:26 AM »
Eufloria Admin, where are you? We need you to rescue us from the Evil Spam Empire! They are sending enhanced seedlings en masse towards our mother tree.

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Re: Bot attack
« Reply #24 on: November 01, 2010, 05:08:48 PM »
I spoke to Annik, he is fine, nothing to worry about, but totally swamped at the moment with other work.
:-) He will check in again when things are less crazily busy for him.
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Re: Bot attack
« Reply #25 on: November 03, 2010, 08:51:51 PM »

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Re: Bot attack
« Reply #26 on: November 04, 2010, 12:50:01 AM »
Is it still ok for me to try and fix this stuff?  Like, in my spare time...


Apparently changing some characters in register.php can work sometimes:

http://ndickson.wordpress.com/2009/04/04/how-to-stop-simple-machines-forum-spam/

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Re: Bot attack
« Reply #27 on: November 04, 2010, 12:57:39 AM »
Please feel free to fix anything you can!

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Re: Bot attack
« Reply #28 on: November 04, 2010, 06:33:19 PM »
Ok I backed up Register.php and then made some modifications to it.
Then I disabled the captcha clock and re-enabled the modified default captcha.

Hopefully bots won't be able to figure it out now.  Guess we'll see...

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Re: Bot attack
« Reply #29 on: November 04, 2010, 10:05:29 PM »
Thx @Eufloria Admin for your relief work,  the latest swampings were quite hefty. KARMAAAAAAA ;)