Massive spam bot attack


#1

What’s up with the sudden invasion of bots on the forum?

Maybe it didn’t require it’s own thread but hey… Why the hell not!


#2

Dunno. Was hoping that google had bumped us up a bit due to portal 2 video’s from Demon. Wishful thinking I guess.


#3

Changed some stuff, if it doesn’t help we can just enable email validation


#4

But I like the bots! :smiley:


#5

Thanks, Cameron!


#6

Me too, they’re like… My only friends…


#7

So I just checked, turned out there was some large influx of spam bots hitting the site, and by large I mean 15-20x larger than the normal:


#8

What do the green and red lines mean? All I know is that about 1800 of one thing happened and 3500 of another thing happened.


#9

Green is total page views, red is page views from known/suspect spammer IPs (labelled ‘threats’)


#10

we need the bots for better forum activity


#11

[me=Cameron:D]goes on an IP range blocking spree[/me]

EDIT: Also installed reCAPTCHA for registration, that might help.


#12

Cameron is so beast!

EDIT: kinda… We’re still getting spam. :-[


#13

Oh the irony.

EDIT: I’m leaving this for Jared.


#14

Confound this spambots, they lead me to drink.


#15

Can we get a feature that if we delete an account it deletes all their posts?

I’m sick of having to hit remove post 8 times to clean shit up.

EDIT: OMG IT ALREADY EXISTS! ;D


#16

So what’s the status on this? The issue doesn’t seem to be resolved. You said something about email verification, Cameron, is this precaution active now?


#17

Yes, and has been for a while ._.


#18

The only thing that makes this real safe is account verification by moderator. But obviously, that isn’t an option.


#19

I could volunteer as a moderator if necessary. If not for confirming new accounts at least I could delete all the constant incoming spam threads and posts. I’m lonely enough to take the time to delete every single one as soon as I see them. :’(


#20

I think everyone is. This is a forum for speedrunners after all.