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Anyone else being hit with more than the usual spam today?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by CyclingTribe, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    I suspect it's Xrumer - as I'm not only seeing it on my own forums, but on a number of other XF forums too - so have they got a new version out or something?
  2. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Some of the xrumer spam was advertising the new version.
  3. tenants

    tenants Well-Known Member

    It takes a while for lots of people to update to the newest versions of XRumer...

    People don't want to have to update their core files or make changes, so are often they are quite happy living with a slightly older version if it is successfully building links

    What we are probably seeing is the effect of links not being successfully created on forums (due to people now depending more on QA rather than reCaptcha), so people are bothering to update XRumer.

    XRumer 7.5.31 Elite is still the current version according to ixrumer (released 03/11/12)... but it can take a while for people to update.
    This was mostly bug fixes (http://ixrumer.com/general/39-xrumer-7531-elite.html)

    What we are probably seeing is more and more people updating from an older version, pre textcapctha.txt (I think this was before 7.5.28 18/8/12)... This probably will also include a larger core list of XF sites. We will see more and more people complaining that QA is no longer working as more XRumer users upgrade and XRumer is further trained with the textcapctha.txt files .... the more QA's become popular, the better XRumer gets at beating them by simply adding the QA answers for all botters to share


    oh wait, there is a 7.7.35 now: http://www.botmasterlabs.net/more1/ No info on what the update includes yet, you can betcha' core QA's are have been updated
  4. high1976

    high1976 Active Member

    saw some extreme spam waves last 24h...even stopforumspam blocked our IP temp. due to so many registration checks
  5. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    xfarcade.com looks bad.
  6. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Uh Oh. I got lots too.

  7. Binari0

    Binari0 Member

    here to... anysolution?
  8. tenants

    tenants Well-Known Member

    Jake Bunce and Binari0 like this.
  9. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member


    Click here, and then click search.
    Read Jake's article as an introduction.
    Binari0 likes this.
  10. Binari0

    Binari0 Member

    Thanks ;)
  11. Brandon Sheley

    Brandon Sheley Well-Known Member

    I had 19 users sign up and my spam mod put them in moderation, I was away from my office so I logged in and shut down registration until I could take a closer look.

    eww, yes it does
  12. tenants

    tenants Well-Known Member

    Yup, the newest version is targeting TextCaptcha (as the previous few version has too)

    7.7.35, Here is whats new according to the Russian Botmaster Support forum:
    This compertition was nice:
    Due to be held in September-October, the competition for collective learning tekstkapcham, the program trained to work with more than 70,000 new tekstkapchami

    Bye bye text CAPTCHA... if anyone has not been hit using text captcha, you can probably send you working text CAPTCHA set to XRumer for a reward :)
  13. MattW

    MattW Well-Known Member

    I've seen an increase in registration attempts on my Xenforo site, but they are being blocked successfully. I've seen a big increase today on another forum I run that is still on phpBB3.
  14. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    Yes, big increase today.. grrr. It started with a spam for Xrummer then has continued today with lots of registrations and a few spam posts.

    Going to close off registrations.
  15. tenants

    tenants Well-Known Member

    Install this as a free CAPTCHA: http://xenforo.com/community/resources/customimgcaptcha-spam-combat.1161/ (and customise your image)

    It might at first seem like a simple idea, but the technology to get around this is years away (image recognition on a sample set that has not been trained against, XRumer is no where near that yet)

    XRumer can beat CAPTCHA that it can train against (which are then used on multiple forums.... so there is a bonus for beating these), but beating an image type it has never come across before is still very hard for it.

    If you want to keep it simple, you can just turn your QAs into images and it wont solve those (but simple text in images will eventually be solved, so I recommend a unique photo with associated image text, keeping it human friendly)
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  16. mike os

    mike os Active Member

    no posts but sone new registrations getting through... time to change the q&A
  17. Brandon Sheley

    Brandon Sheley Well-Known Member

    I've disabled the option to moderate new members and just sent them an error message
    I've had about 50 spam bots try to sign up today.
    I just changed my question and answer as well.

    thanks god I have this sonb spam protection mod ;)
  18. Geoffrey

    Geoffrey Active Member

    It's driving me insane. Not sure how much longer I can keep putting up with this.
  19. Brandon Sheley

    Brandon Sheley Well-Known Member

  20. MattW

    MattW Well-Known Member

    Had about 380 blocked registrations since midnight (16:46 GMT here).

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