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Im getting destroyed by spam...

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by shaneparkins, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. shaneparkins

    shaneparkins Junior Member

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    Hi guys,

    Need your help, I'm getting destroyed by spam, XRummer I think is the culprit. My site is http://BizForums.co.uk, over 3,000 members have been created in less than 24 hours I've now prevented them from signing up unless moderated but they are using the accounts already made.

    Any ideas? I'm sick of deleting and banning as they are using proxies/other accounts.

    I have custom question for when they sign up but other than that nothing, this is my first vbulletin site.

    Thanks
     
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  2. Moosey

    Moosey Senior Member

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    Let me know if you are ready to have an experienced vbulletin developer look into your issue and configure and utilize the proper components to prevent your spam.
     
  3. shaneparkins

    shaneparkins Junior Member

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    Moosey, drop me a line on Skype, shane.parkins1. I'm fending it off at the minute but it's getting to breaking point, I have just removed over 200 posts in the last 10 minutes, Speak on Skype.
     
  4. Gyuman82

    Gyuman82 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Um, shut down your board temporarily? lol
     
  5. gullsinn

    gullsinn Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    You should make more security to your forum by adding general knowledge questions or any type of games to verify accounts.
     
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  6. ThunderC

    ThunderC Power Member

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    yeah, adding knowledge questions should help for sure, had a friend with the same issue, and it fixed it for him
     
  7. Gyuman82

    Gyuman82 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Yes common knowledge question works.

    However you'll get the occasional email like this:

    HEY BRO I TRY SIGN UP FOR YOUR FORUM BUT HAVE PROBLEM! WHAT DO YOU MEAN "What is the third word in this sentence?" ?!?!?!?!
     
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  8. shaneparkins

    shaneparkins Junior Member

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    I've got some manual questions in there, I'm going to delete these posts and shut it down for a few....it's the last 24 hours has gone crazy.
     
  9. bytzu

    bytzu Registered Member

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    Try searching for a visual captcha or drag and drop captcha for your forum.
     
  10. shaneparkins

    shaneparkins Junior Member

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    I've turned the ability to post off until I can get this sorted before the server crashes - as this is peak for my other sites.
     
  11. howard_hughes

    howard_hughes Elite Member

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    1. Use Recaptcha
    2. Dont Let un-Activated members post
    3. Hire Mods
    4. Use a difficult Sign Up Question.
    5. Block Those (Russian & Chinese Ips & Emails) using VB mods - So they cant signup
     
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  12. hpv222

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    puzzle captcha or some custom captcha; if you go for custom captcha, I would load a question as image rather than plain text
     
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    You should improve your captcha services a bit. Might help on this one
     
  14. lancis

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    1. Dont allow new members to make new threads before they make their first reply to existing thread
    2. Dont use recaptcha/questions/etc all these are too easy to break for bots and are too annoying for users - instead send email with personal code needed to activate account
     
  15. bartosimpsonio

    bartosimpsonio Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Require mod activation of accounts.
     
  16. shaneparkins

    shaneparkins Junior Member

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    Ok Spam-O-Matic is starting to prevent them from posting it's just the traffic, it's going crazy, they made 3,000 accounts and I managed to stop them making more now when I delete the account they just use a previous one, I've banned about 400 accounts. I never thought how hard forums are to run...
     
  17. dannyhw

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    Did anyone just get an idea to offer spam protection services to forums just after unleashing a massive xrumer blast? I definitely didn't.