Today when i woke up I have seen that the forum now has 24.000 users ( it usually had like 3.000 ) and that all of them have strange names like 3493859sdfsd . They were all bots and spamming stuff. The forum was in ruins. It had been spammed and the forum couldn't even handle the connections anymore.
So i quickly put the forum into maintenance mode. Now nobody can signup or login.
These spammers claim to spam the forum because we erased their post that was in ENGLISH is a Turkish forum and was solved anyway. These guys didnt get money from one of our users or something but our forum must pay for this with bots spamming us? These guys are just keeping us responsible for trying to keep our forum clean instead of solving their issue with their client.
Anyways, i would like some support please. What can i do against these bots? I mean there are 20.000 of them?
One reason they could get so many accounts is because we can't use the mail activation system and don't know how to. It has never worked for us so we closed it and set some questions for signing up instead. So with the absence of mail activation system they have created many accounts but i do not know how they passed the question protection.
Please does anyone have any suggestions? I am able to cooperate in any kind of solution. Thank you.