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Spammer attacking forums

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by Delta3D, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. Delta3D

    Delta3D Member

    For the past 2 days we've been getting hit with spammers on our forums. We have a security question that users have to answer when registering that a bot won't be able to answer because it's not a math question. So my guess is someone's bypassing it by either registering manually or something.

    They keep posting in one specific language (not english) and we ban their IPs manually.

    Any suggestions how to fight this? Anyone have any experience they can share and what they've done?
  2. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    One security question?
    You should have more of them and change them regularly.
    One human spammer finds the answer and then :
    He sends his BOTS and/or let other spammers know the answer.
  3. teletubbi

    teletubbi Well-Known Member

    There are plenty of possibilities to avoid this.

    Moderate the first 5 or 10 post from new members.
    Make use of blocking some email provider for registration.
    Make use of blocking ip's from countrys you normaly don't have members in
    Use the spam management of xenforo and set it up accordingly . You can use there also phrases they often post even in different languages.

    Look at this addon.

  4. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

  5. Delta3D

    Delta3D Member

    Thanks for the suggestions. I checked some of those links, but haven't been able to find one feature I am looking for -- I am trying to change the settings so that new members cannot post links in their first post. How can I go about doing this and issue a notification to the user that they need at least X posts to be able to post links?
  6. James

    James Well-Known Member

  7. Delta3D

    Delta3D Member

  8. James

    James Well-Known Member

    Set up the spam phrase as it states in the first paragraph.
  9. StarArmy

    StarArmy Active Member

    Also, set up your StopForumSpam API key and configure your XenForo to use it. It's a great resource.
    DroidOne likes this.

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