Are we under attack ?????

Discussion in 'Forum News' started by Barbarian, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. Barbarian

    Barbarian New Member

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    I notice that quite a few new members are listed as joining in the last few days.

    When I view the details of several of these new members the word 'banned' appears in the LH box.

    Is there an explanation ? :???:
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    They are spammers signing up. I normally delete them and few members see them. Austin has asked me to ban them instead. Then their name stays there.
     

  3. Slowmodem

    Slowmodem New Member

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    I suspect there are lots of things that go on behind the scenes here that the average reader doesn't know about. Admins - Know that your efforts are always appreciated! :drinks:
     
  4. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    yep, read 4 goofy blogs of spammers before charles deleted them......just crazy.

    just a suggestion about the spammers. on our home page, at the bottom of all the stats, go to newest members. all the spammers who have been banned are now taking up the space for legitimate new members. can this be changed? it's nice to know we have legit members signing up, rather than seeing names of spammers who have been banned. meaning, many of us like to check out a new member's profile when they come on board.

    iddee is this something we can ask austin to change?
     
  5. BKF

    BKF Administrator Staff Member

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    If we delete them they will just come back. We have to have a running ban log to prevent more of them form registering.

    ​I'll see what I can do about the section you mentioned.
     
  6. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    I went ahead and deleted them this morning. I have seen very few repeats over the last few years. They always come back with new names. Leaving them just runs up a false member count and hides the real new member names after 10 of them.I deleted about 30 this morning.All were within the last week. That's just too many.

    And another one now, at 9:30. 7 minutes or less after I made this post.
     
  7. BKF

    BKF Administrator Staff Member

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    I'm looking into plugins that will keep them off the new member register and not add them to our membership total while still allowing us the advantage of blocking them and keeping them on file.
     
  8. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    I never realized what a problem this was. Thanks fellas for sorting out the chaff. :thumbsup:
     
  9. BKF

    BKF Administrator Staff Member

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    I think it's far more of an issue than most people realize. The thread title is relevant, it's like being attacked.
     
  10. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    Just for curiosity's sake---anyone care to explain why these spammers find our forum so enticing?
    What's the psychology behind the actions of spammers? Could it be something like a "modern" version of that disgusting habbit of engraving your name on a tree, signing your name on a wall, etc.?
     
  11. BKF

    BKF Administrator Staff Member

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    To be honest I don't understand it. Most of it comes from third world countries were a few pennies per click can make a significant difference in income, but I don't know why anyone would click the link.
     
  12. Charles

    Charles New Member

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    They are looking for backlinks to their website. The more links from legitimate sites the better they do in search engines and in the right niche that adds up to some pretty big revenue. Last I read Shawn over at digital point forums was banking about $500,000 a month with his forum, he's legitimate and doesn't use these spammy techniques but some of these other sites that are attacking and leaving ads and links to their sites are casino sites and they bank millions every month.

    They keep coming up with better and better ways to bypass security so staying on top of it is quite a job...
     
  13. Charles

    Charles New Member

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    Oh forgot to mention that they come from 3rd world countries because you can hire a virtual assistant to sign up to sites and leave spam full time for about $400 a month. If you can make 10k a month without doing any work, just pay 4k for 10 virtual assistants then your pulling in 72k a year while sitting on a boat somewhere fishing ;-)
     
  14. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Where do I sign up for that? (the sitting on a boat part). :shock:
     
  15. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    wow, thanks for the education charles. great question ef, lately i sign in here later in the evening and see all these goofy names and goofy blogs created.
    perry says he wants to sign up for the boat......i'll sign up for the fishing part........:grin:
    in all seriousness, thanks to admin for taking care of all the problems, and thanks to iddee for 'jammin the spammin'......:lol:

    one thought austin, could you put the names of the spammers in a 'banned' category, so they are moved out of a new members list?
     
  16. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    Little beekeepers like us don't realize just what a big (illegitimate?) business the internet can be. Mind-boggling. :mrgreen: