TAoM Invasion of the Spambots

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Re: TAoM Invasion of the Spambots

Post by BBP » Thu May 30, 2019 4:01 pm

Haven't heard from Michael in the past half year of trying to get his attention... sigh.

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Re: TAoM Invasion of the Spambots

Post by Murder by Death » Thu May 30, 2019 6:39 pm

You should enter one of his contests on YouTube! LOL

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Re: TAoM Invasion of the Spambots

Post by BBP » Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:43 pm

Quite an increase in spammers the past few days.

There's another 150 topics I just deleted. Weirdly the interface gave me trouble - I soft-deleted the first 99 without a problem, then I deleted the others but it turned out they hadn;t been deleted.

I'm less and less enamoured with the PHPBB software.

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Re: TAoM Invasion of the Spambots

Post by LeonardoMyst » Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:15 am

I wouldn't be surprised if TAOM is being targeted because someone wants the domain name.
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Re: TAoM Invasion of the Spambots

Post by BBP » Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:43 am

No, there are just a couple of spambots that search for PHPBB forums and automatically post. If you have a PHPBB forum you will suffer spam, no matter how big or small. Most of it is phishing, clicking a link will give you a virus or ransomware.

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Re: TAoM Invasion of the Spambots

Post by Jamie » Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:42 pm

Is 5 and a half pages a record?

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Re: TAoM Invasion of the Spambots

Post by BBP » Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:40 am

No I think the records were first made before I asked Michael to help out with the spam. One spammer created 17 pages back then.
As you may have noticed I was out of town for a day - Saturday morning I checked the forum, on Saturday I met some friends and travelled all the way up north to my boyfriend, where we had a family outing on Sunday and that was so exhausting I didn't have time till Monday morning to chuck spam.

As said I have no way to prevent the spammers from coming in as a moderator. I soft-deleted everything and am checking if there's anything worth keeping - which is good since this topic was almost in the throw-away pile.

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Re: TAoM Invasion of the Spambots

Post by BBP » Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:30 pm

The forum got overrun again... sorry, real world got in the way.

I deleted over 200 topics - because of two bulk spammers there was no proper forum in sight. To try to prevent any further deletion of proper topics I'll leave them in the forum trash can before deleting them altogether.

This means, however, that this topic is a bench mark. The soft-deleted topics don't show up to you, but they do show up to the admins and mod - making this forum tough to read.

I've just set this topic to "lock" to I know to what point all the topics are deleted. If you miss any topic, send me a PM!

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Re: TAoM Invasion of the Spambots

Post by BBP » Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:43 pm

And, hey presto, unlock!

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Re: TAoM Invasion of the Spambots

Post by BBP » Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:26 pm

I'm not sure if I can handle the current wave of spammers - bots all have their unique behavioral patterns programmed. Most just post in Topic 1 a single topic but there have been at least 5 today that posted over 50 topics in multiple forums. I can only try to limit the damage by deleting the posts and banning the account. The spammers then still show up in the member list and the harmful links they often have are still there to be clicked.

Also with this many posts, the chance of me accidentally chucking a proper topic increases. I've currently soft-deleted about 200 spam topics and will check the trash can.

How can we finally get Michael in to help out?

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