Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> __/ [ John Bokma ] on Tuesday 16 May 2006 14:14 \__
>> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> For example: for the past 4 months there has been this Chinese guy
>>> who kept spamming one of my Wikis every couple of days.
>> Did you report this to his ISP? I recently got several comment spams
>> clearly coming from the same zombie network, and I guess/hope I
>> cleaned up a few of them :-D.
> I am always trying to think what will be the least time consuming.
My comment handling program does some simple sanity checks, and most
spam attempts are nipped in the bud. What comes through is reported,
manually at the moment, but I am thinking about automating it if it gets
> It's natural to choose procrastination and follow the impulse to
> purge. When it doesn't stop, what else can you do? I recently made it
> more apparent that over 50% of all E-mail traffic comes from
> compromised Windows boxes. What can the ISP's do? They are reluctant
> to disconnect these machines because Windows remains prevalent.
You're mistaken. A lot of ISPs disconnect infected machines otherwise
they end up in block lists quite fast. And some people block not an IP,
but pick an entire range. So they rather kick one customer off line
instead of waiting it out and then get many customers complaining about
issues they suddenly seem to have with email and sites.
> for CMS spam, they use proxies. The pattern is too wild to permit safe
> exclusion rules.
As of IP addresses, true. Hence reporting them makes sense, since the
same proxy (or better: zombie) is used on many boards. The more people
complain the more serious this is taken and zombie networks are taken
> PS - I read your new page on phpBB spam. I have exactly the same
> problem, but the forum is otherwise dormant. Please keep posting
> on the topic (JB.com or AWW) if you can pull a trick/card off your
> sleeve *smile*.
Thanks. And yeah, one option might be to register the IP address if
someone registers with an URL, and get an email, and report it if it's
bad. And make it known. That proxy-checker was quite active.
> I vehemently hate the clucky interface of phpBB
> admin because it makes management (cleanup rather) very cumbersome,
> so I do it once a month.
Amen to that. The admin interface is one of the worse UIs I've ever
seen. So many things could be done easier. I use two browsers, one to
get the members that signed up, and the other to copy paste the name
into, and hit delete.
My board now states on sign up that people have to post, otherwise they
are deleted after a few days. I might add a cron job that automates this
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