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Spamming Xenforo

Discussion in 'General XenForo Discussion and Feedback' started by tommydamic68, Jul 17, 2014.

  1. tommydamic68

    tommydamic68 Well-Known Member

    What's going on with the recent spamming of Xenforo? I am
    getting these alerts with spam
    Bombs since yesterday...

  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Spam is all over the internet.

    It is dealt with when it is found here.
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  3. Liam W

    Liam W Well-Known Member

    I think the bots are getting cleverer. Never used to happen as much here.
  4. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    It doesn't happen much more now than it has in the last few months, more just happened to get through in recent days.
  5. Liam W

    Liam W Well-Known Member

    I get an email for practically every spam thread. There's been more recently, but I don't really care so lets just drop it.
  6. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    What makes you think they are bots?

    Human spammers are prolific.
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  7. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Possibly before your time, but in days of XF 1.1.3 and below it was pretty bad here. It was really bad here until they moved from reCAPTCHA to Q&A and until 1.1.4 introduced the registration form timer.

    And of course anti-spam has gone from strength to strength in subsequent versions so it has got better.

    Even if it has increased over the last few days, it's nowhere near as bad as it used to be. Testament to how strong the anti-spam measures are now :)

    We have a big problem with human spammers at ValveTime.net. Nothing filters them out automatically, not even Fool Bot Honey Pot, because, by nature, that targets bots. It's always going happen with humans.

    I don't know whether XenForo.com uses Akismet scanning. I do on Xen Media Gallery and it has worked quite well in catching the dodgy content before it is made visible.
  8. Liam W

    Liam W Well-Known Member

    I think I came here just after 1.1.3 was released :)

    I forget spammers can be real. Just don't get them.
  9. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    They get paid and people will do anything for money?
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  10. Liam W

    Liam W Well-Known Member

    How much money do these people have though.

    But yes, I could probably go on my Facebook and £5 would have my sites spammed all over the internet.
  11. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    We've been getting profile spammers on KH-Flare, though it's only been about one a day, if that.
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  12. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Human spammers quite commonly modify their signatures, about me, homepage and other profile fields.

    I'm actually finding the User Change Log to be an incredibly useful tool to discover spam.
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  13. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    Yeah, lately I've only been discovering them about a day after they register on the Latest Member field on the forum list. I think I'm just not paying enough attention or the cron job runs sometime after I see that area.
  14. tommydamic68

    tommydamic68 Well-Known Member

    Hence why I no longer have any options in the user profile for a "homepage." (edited template.) Even with Vbulletin - they targeted the "homepage" option most frequent.
  15. dawg

    dawg Well-Known Member

    Nothing new here. Forums have been dealing with spam since the days they were coded in Perl. As long as someone is making money they will find a way. If you are looking to completely wipe it out that will never happen on your forum or anyone else's.
    I have been using the default Recaptcha and it stops most of them. If you are using questions and answers i would switch. I dont know why but with questions and answers spammers get out of control on my forums.
  16. rainmotorsports

    rainmotorsports Well-Known Member

    We got hit recently from Pakistan IP's mostly registering as 24 year old females. After an update to 1.3.3 and I updated FoolBotHoneyPot which we use and takes care of 99% of our spam, things went back to normal. Not sure if they stopped or a change in FoolBotHoneyPot stopped them. Based on the logs from that plugin they seemed almost like human registrations but still had suggestions of automation.
  17. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    After I disabled signatures and used @tenants TAC addon that made it so that noobs can't post links unless they meet certain requirements, I noticed that I stopped getting human spam.
  18. Rudy

    Rudy Well-Known Member

    We put all new users' posts into a moderation queue for x number of posts. So, almost no spam has made it through to the forum. (Had a moderator goof and approve some, but eh, we're human. :D )

    All users are also manually approved, so we also weed out janky looking profiles before they even post. Here, we watch for obvious clues (profile says New York, IP address says Pakistan, for example). I also keep an eye on the StopForumSpam thingy--if that shows up, we always click the IP address and more often than not, it's from countries that have no legit visitors to our forum.

    The manual approvals and moderation queue take time, but we have the staff to stay on top of it.
  19. davb

    davb Member

    rudy, but how did you run forum in the initial stages, I find it difficult to develop where there are no posts and new threads are in the que of moderation.
  20. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    Same here, I just apply the ban, and then apply the discouragement features offered by xenForo software. IP Discourage and IP Ban, that'll keep the spammers in a hell loop.

    Then, after a while, I start deleting their accounts.

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