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XF 1.4 Spam Phrases and Blocking Chinese Spam

#1
We've been getting hit by these awful chinese spammers:

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I've put some of the characters in the Spam Phrases tool, but that doesn't seem to help. Is there a way to get the system to flag any post that contains 大, regardless of the other characters surrounding it? Like, *大*? Or is that not how wildcards work?

Any other ideas are appreciated.
 
#3
They're using canadian IPs, hotmail and other legit email providers. Nothing fishy.
I don't want to add a Q/A just to block chinese spammers. These are literally the only spammers that are getting past TPU: Detect Spam Registrations and Xenforo's built in spam blocker.

If there's a way to get Spam Phrases to detect an individual chinese character, the problem will be solved.
 

Mike

XenForo developer
Staff member
#4
"*大*" should work without issue. How are you testing whether it is blocked? Users with more than a few posts likely won't be spam checked.
 

rainmotorsports

Well-known member
#5
They're using canadian IPs, hotmail and other legit email providers. Nothing fishy.
I don't want to add a Q/A just to block chinese spammers. These are literally the only spammers that are getting past TPU: Detect Spam Registrations and Xenforo's built in spam blocker.

If there's a way to get Spam Phrases to detect an individual chinese character, the problem will be solved.
What kind of settings are you running in TPU? You seem to focus on the whole canadian IP aspect rather than what host names. The majority of IP's probably belong to datacenters running VPN's on rented servers. Blocking the dozen or so hostnames which will block any traffic from those hosts will often take a dent out of it. Mind you your blocking traffic from servers. The only users coming from servers are either there at the data center or using proxies/vpn's through those hosts which often are not normal vpn providers. Blocking them will have little consequence versus blocking regular ISP's, common VPN providers.

Every situation is different. If you are an english site yeah the spam phrase will probably do more than not.
 
#6
"*大*" should work without issue. How are you testing whether it is blocked? Users with more than a few posts likely won't be spam checked.
The staff member who added 大 to Spam Phrases didn't put the wildcards around it. Glad to hear that it should work, I've added a few chinese characters with those wildcards now and hopefully they'll be caught next time.
 
#7
What kind of settings are you running in TPU? You seem to focus on the whole canadian IP aspect rather than what host names. The majority of IP's probably belong to datacenters running VPN's on rented servers. Blocking the dozen or so hostnames which will block any traffic from those hosts will often take a dent out of it. Mind you your blocking traffic from servers. The only users coming from servers are either there at the data center or using proxies/vpn's through those hosts which often are not normal vpn providers. Blocking them will have little consequence versus blocking regular ISP's, common VPN providers.

Every situation is different. If you are an english site yeah the spam phrase will probably do more than not.
Tips about our TPU configuration would be great!

Here is the registration data from the two spammers that hit us yesterday:

TPUDetectSpamReg checking: qaewyu01, qaewyu01@outlook.com, 71.19.245.8
AS detected: ASN11831, ESECUREDATA - eSecureData,CA
+1. Email matched: *@outlook.com
Hostname detected: automotivedeals.info
Country detected: CA
Total score: +1

TPUDetectSpamReg checking: liqijia01, liqijia01@hotmail.com, 184.170.137.145
AS detected: ASN10929, NETELLIGENT - Netelligent Hosting Services Inc.,CA
Hostname detected: 184.170.137.145
Country detected: CA
Total score: +0

These are the hostnames we have in TPU:
+1|*vpn*
+1|*vps*
+1|*dedi*
-1|*.gov
-1|*.mil
+1|*.rdns.ubiquity.io
+1|*.rdns.ubiquityservers.com
+1|*.hostwindsdns.com
+1|*.dedibox.fr
+1|*.linode.com

AS Name:
+2|VERSAWEB-ASN
+2|SINGLEHOP-INC
+2|OVH
+2|STEEPHOST*
+2|AS-COLOCROSSING
+2|SERVERHUB*
+2|BANKINFORM-AS
+2|AFNCA-ASN
+1|CDC-LMB?
+1|QUERY-FOUNDRY
+1|CANTV
+1|INCERO
+1|BLCC*
+1|EMPIRE
+1|PLI-AS
+1|AS-CHOOPA
+1|WII-KC
+1|UKSERVERS-AS
+1|ECATEL-AS
+1|STEADFAST
+1|SWIFTWAY-AS
+1|ASEVERHOST
+1|RAMNODE
+1|BESTHOSTING-AS
+1|ENZUINC-*
+1|40676
+1|SERVERYOU
+1|DIMENOC
+1|DATASHACK
+1|IOFLOOD
+1|FDCSERVERS
+1|RICAWEBSERVICES
+1|PEGTECHINC
+1|WOWRACK
+1|VOXILITY-AS
+1|SERVER-MANIA
+1|COLO-AT-55-LLC
+1|SERVERIUS-AS
+1|ABSTATION
+1|IPTELLIGENT
+1|PEER1
+1|GORILLASERVERS
+1|WEBEXXPURTS
+1|REDSTATION
+1|VIRPUS
+1|SSASN?
+1|AS-QUADRANET
+1|QUADRANET
+1|VPLSNET
+1|57858
+1|VOLUMEDRIVE
+1|OPPOBOX

I'd appreciate any changes you can recommend. Thanks!