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  • [Forum] Serious Spam Issue on my Forum

    I have been having a lot of spammers attacking my Forum. I have spent time banning, both by username and IP address. I installed an Akismet Key and that slowed it down SOME. It is taking all 4 of my Mods and both me and the other administrator just to keep from being completely flooded.

    Now they are using a new tactic that I haven't seen before in running Forums for nearly 10 years. They are using my own and other members IP addresses to log in. I found this out when I banned a Spammers IP address, and banned myself. When I went back and undid the ban, went back to the Spammers info and copied his IP, checked the User, I came up. Then I checked my own IP and sure enough, somehow these spammers are using our IP addresses to get in.

    So, using an Akismet Key, requiring Human Verification via a numbers combination, and now banning by IP, none of it works. Having banned many by IP, I now have no idea of how many REAL members I have banned.

    What to do about this?

  • #2
    "requiring Human Verification via a numbers combination"

    Is this part of a Question and Answer Verification?

    Have you also tried something like Spam-O-Matic from vBulletin.org?
    Vote for:

    - *Admin Settable Paid Subscription Reminder Timeframe*
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    *PM - Add ability to reply to originator only*
    - Add Admin ability to auto-subscribe users to specific channel(s)
    - Highlight the correct navigation tab when you are on a custom page
    - "Quick Route" Interface...
    - Allow to use custom icons for individual forums

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    • #3
      Yea, question and answer verification. Havent used spam-o-matic, havent heard of it, will give it a try. Thanks

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      • #4
        Originally posted by usgunowners View Post
        So, using an Akismet Key, requiring Human Verification via a numbers combination, and now banning by IP, none of it works.
        ...
        What to do about this?
        Is that numbers combination:

        Q: 2 +7 equals >
        A: 9(nine)


        vB5 is unequivocally the best forum software, but not yet...

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        • #5
          Actually I wouldnt make it that easy...
          No private support, only PM me when I ask for it. Support in the forums only.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Hartmut View Post
            Actually I wouldnt make it that easy...
            I did not recommend it,that was only my question. (Without a question mark)


            vB5 is unequivocally the best forum software, but not yet...

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            • #7
              No they are double digits.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by usgunowners View Post
                No they are double digits.
                Do not use them.

                Use a simple question with a simple answer such as:

                Q: Is 365 days a week? No it's a ....
                A: year


                vB5 is unequivocally the best forum software, but not yet...

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                • #9
                  Here's what I do to prevent spammers:

                  http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showt...-on-your-forum

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