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Old 02-01-2012, 08:41 PM
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xrumer signups hammering forum

In the last few months, I've been getting hundreds of signups per day from spambots using xrumer and was wondering if anyone has had any luck stopping them?

I did two things:

1. I banned @gmail, that stopped about 50% of them, because for some reason gmail allows really ridiculous email addresses to be created (even if some of them were fake and bounced)

2. I set registration to moderation, which means that I manually validate each account that signs up (which is actually pretty simple because anything that looks like gibberish or has a weird looking email address gets deleted --- and vB has batch delete so it takes all of 5 seconds).

Thing is, I'm tired of having this as a daily/weekly chore. Even if it isn't time consuming it is annoying.

Any ideas?
 
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Old 02-02-2012, 04:06 AM
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In the last few months, I've been getting hundreds of signups per day from spambots using xrumer and was wondering if anyone has had any luck stopping them?

I did two things:

1. I banned @gmail, that stopped about 50% of them, because for some reason gmail allows really ridiculous email addresses to be created (even if some of them were fake and bounced)

2. I set registration to moderation, which means that I manually validate each account that signs up (which is actually pretty simple because anything that looks like gibberish or has a weird looking email address gets deleted --- and vB has batch delete so it takes all of 5 seconds).

Thing is, I'm tired of having this as a daily/weekly chore. Even if it isn't time consuming it is annoying.

Any ideas?
Banning a whole email domain can effect people who are not bot's sometimes.

I'll suggestion some mods but haven't tested them out since i no longer have a forum.

vbStopForumSpam - known spammer lookup for new registrations

reCAPTCHA!vB - Stop spam. Read books

The captcha is a great way to hopefully block some but not all of the xrumer bot's from registering.

Check out more mods on the vbulletin.org website.
 
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Old 02-02-2012, 12:16 PM
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If you're using VB, there are a few scripts you can use. We've been implementing it with the forum I mod at, and its reduced spam and xrumer sign ups quite a bit. We use spam-o-matic. Sounds cheesy, but it works. The spam o matic integrates with stop forum spam, so if someone registers that is on that list, it nails them.

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There are antispam goodies for just about any forum type. I tried getting to the vb forums, but I might not have access to it. If not, let me know and I will get links for you from my admin.

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