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International SPAM magnet???
« on: July 29, 2011, 08:12:58 pm »

What's with all the SPAM lately????  I've got enough Viagra already, already.......
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Re: International SPAM magnet???
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2011, 08:30:15 pm »

Spam is spam. It comes when it wants to. For the recent batch (here) it could easily be fixed by requiring approval for all new members. That pretty much stops these hit and run spammers.

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Re: International SPAM magnet???
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2011, 09:17:50 pm »

What's with all the SPAM lately????  I've got enough Viagra already, already.......

Wadda ya mean today?  I chase about 100 of those a day, 7 days a week. The past 4 days or so has seen more of them actually posting, most just include links in their registration.

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Re: International SPAM magnet???
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2011, 09:32:40 pm »

Wadda ya mean today?  I chase about 100 of those a day, 7 days a week. The past 4 days or so has seen more of them actually posting, most just include links in their registration.

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Sorry, Mac.  You guys do such a good job that it comes as a surprise when that stuff shows up.   
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Re: International SPAM magnet???
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2011, 11:00:50 am »

Time for some custom anti-spam mods or some better forum software. I'm sorry that you have to waste your time on it.
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Re: International SPAM magnet???
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2011, 11:16:13 am »

#1 I am still trying to figure out who are the dumb asses who buy stuff from spam. This would all dry up in a day if people stopped rewarding this behavior.

#2 spam and web site hackers leave behind pretty visible footprints so could be relatively easily policed if there was robust enforcement and universal laws. From tracking the IPs where these attempts originate from (all around the world literally) This might be something actually useful for the UN to tackle. They could fund their international efforts by charging $0.0001 per real international e-mail. Perhaps customers could accept spam pushed at them for a $.01 or $.02 postage credit, while at even $0.01 the economics of spam would collapse.

yes, this is not new, and like war the bad guys adapt to strategies,,, they even have work arounds for captcha filters, by offering free porn to humans to read them.   

Ugly business all...

JR

[edit- one strategy that might be employed in sign up filters is to include very industry specific questions, that machine spammers couldn't easily find out but even wet behind the ear pukes should know or could easily google- like what is a SM58?   /edit]
« Last Edit: September 05, 2011, 11:20:16 am by John Roberts {JR} »
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Re: International SPAM magnet???
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2011, 09:39:03 pm »

I dunno, JR.  I guess there are enough folks, world-wide, that will order fake Gucci watches, various erectile dysfunction pills, counterfeit sneakers, etc that it's profitable on some level of dubious legality.

I think I reported over a half dozen spam registrations/posts just today.  Certainly persistent, they are.
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Re: International SPAM magnet???
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2011, 11:45:42 pm »

I dunno, JR.  I guess there are enough folks, world-wide, that will order fake Gucci watches, various erectile dysfunction pills, counterfeit sneakers, etc that it's profitable on some level of dubious legality.

I think I reported over a half dozen spam registrations/posts just today.  Certainly persistent, they are.
If the signup page could be encrypted, then a programmed spam method might be defeated. It seems like they've already programmed some way of reading the CAPTCHA material. I hate that stuff...
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Re: International SPAM magnet???
« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2011, 12:48:41 am »

If the signup page could be encrypted, then a programmed spam method might be defeated. It seems like they've already programmed some way of reading the CAPTCHA material. I hate that stuff...

We are in the process of installing a more robust version of Capcha, and a database of bad actors that is maintained already by others. It is taking longer than expected, but is moving forward. No one wants to get rid of these guys more than me, trust me.

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Re: International SPAM magnet???
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2011, 07:01:02 am »

We are in the process of installing a more robust version of Capcha, and a database of bad actors that is maintained already by others. It is taking longer than expected, but is moving forward. No one wants to get rid of these guys more than me, trust me.

Mac
Hi Mac, I'm sure they are a complete PITA for you all. Thanks in advance for the effort  :)
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