- ZackKeymasterAugust 13, 2018 at 12:37 pmPost count: 114
Thanks for all the positive feedback guys! And thanks will for adding all the pics to the front page!maukarParticipantAugust 23, 2018 at 7:49 pmPost count: 52
So WTF was going on this morning? 10 pages of dumbfuckery!ZackKeymasterAugust 23, 2018 at 10:54 pmPost count: 114
100+ bots managed to register over the past week or two and then this morning around 6:30 am they all started posting random advertisements for very questionable businesses.
By the time I was awake and aware of the situation the forums were pretty bad. But I did end up getting rid of over a hundred spam posts and accounts. It is also possible that I deleted some legitimate accounts because they had ‘spammish’ emails and/or usernames.
As of right now, I added a new plugin which requires a verification email to be sent before an account can be activated and can post on the forums. As far as I know, that is the defacto way to keep spammers out. I set the plugin to be in a very strict mode so I have to verify every single registration before the verification email is even sent*. This is temporary while I try to figure out how to make our registration forum more secure with captcha/recaptcha/etc.
*Edit: I will try to check multiple times a day, so if anyone registers they should receive the verification email within a few hours. After clicking the verification link you will need to login to use your account.maukarParticipantAugust 24, 2018 at 4:53 amPost count: 52
Haha! I’ll never understand the logic behind this stuff. What is there to gain by clogging up a website with a bunch of crap that nobody is going to click on? It’s not like this is the busiest site on the web. It must be those damn Russians! Haha!
Good job, Zach!!! And the website has been running great since your last fix!ZackKeymasterAugust 24, 2018 at 8:08 amPost count: 114
I wonder why they do it too, there really is nothing for them to gain. They have to know that we won’t just leave their garbage on the front page right??? There seems to be a lack of critical thinking happening…John JonesKeymasterAugust 24, 2018 at 8:21 amPost count: 6941
Zack’s gonna be here this weekend, hopefully he can work on that security stuff…8-)John JonesKeymasterSeptember 20, 2018 at 7:42 amPost count: 6941
Whats with all the links and shit this morning?? I think we have some bots in the system…John JonesKeymasterOctober 2, 2018 at 8:23 amPost count: 6941
I hope Zack can put up a bigger fence to keep the BOTS outta here!!! He’s gonna be here this weekend… I hope it’s on the list! 😎ZackKeymasterOctober 2, 2018 at 9:33 pmPost count: 114
Yea the problem is that the bots keep evolving to jump higher!
The best thing we can do is mark messages as spam, which will in turn block the bot and help make our spam filter more ‘intelligent’ZackKeymasterOctober 2, 2018 at 10:25 pmPost count: 114
My apologies for site access being blocked to some people, I didn’t notice the plugin was being way too aggressive until a few minutes ago.John JonesKeymasterOctober 3, 2018 at 7:05 amPost count: 6941
I need some technical assistance this weekend.,, I got all these links and pop ups on my computer now… pissing me off.. 8-(John JonesKeymasterOctober 5, 2018 at 7:47 amPost count: 6941
Zack… We need some serious bot killing ….. I hope you have some time to work on it this weekend..ZackKeymasterOctober 7, 2018 at 8:07 amPost count: 114
Site’s back up….
Problem was with bad configuration I changed yesterday.
The bot scourge is coming soon, in the mean time ill be deleting bot users that are able to make spam postsJohn JonesKeymasterOctober 7, 2018 at 11:44 amPost count: 6941
I heard the Russians are hacking everything… and nothing is secure anymore… NOT A THING…. 8-(ZackKeymasterOctober 8, 2018 at 10:49 amPost count: 114
Its a sad truth!
But, i have found a tool in one of our plugins that lets me block IP addresses of users as they come to the site, which blocks lots of accounts at once!
Our site is relatively secure to actual hacking though, the bots all around the internet are just very good at adapting to register/login and post…ZackKeymasterOctober 21, 2018 at 10:03 pmPost count: 114
I just went on a mass bot deleting spree of over 24,000 spam accounts.
If your account was deleted you will have to re register, i cannot recover any data.
Anyone who has ever made any post OR has logged in at least once since September 27th is in the clear, which i figure is pretty much very real and active account.
Have a nice week!
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