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Just wanted to send out a big THANK YOU to Peter Gariepy and anyone else who was involved in integrating the Spam-O-Matic addition to the forum. Scroll down to the bottom of the Forum index if you want to see how good of a job it's doing(over 500 blocked spammers and counting). Here's to an entire night with no "Kitchen" spam. Woo-hooo!:D

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Well, that was a short lived victory. Looks like we're still getting hit pretty hard with spam. Over 4,000 blocked but still plenty getting through the Spam-O-Matic.

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24 from this guy in some Asian language (Vietnamese ?) View Profile: haigiaybaphut123 - AACA Forums

2 UK kitchen http://forums.aaca.org/members/atolewak/ & http://forums.aaca.org/members/dundon/

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WOW,

This crap is starting to get a little out of hand !!

In the old days of CB radio we had an A***hole with a super power mic that would let him just talk over everyone within a fair radius. I knew how to deal with him and did so.

These buggers are a little tricker.

Danny

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The average user does not see all of the spammers that try to attack us.

The Spam O Matic tool is stopping a lot of the spam. It appears to be really good at stopping the automated attacks. A real person making a dedicated attack, using a new user name, new email address, and possibly from an IP address that has not been used before will probably always be able to get through. This new tool has made the Moderator's job easier. I have spent as much as three hours in one day recently deleting spam and banning spammers. Since the new tool has been installed, I have had to spend much less time dealing with spammers.

Please keep reporting the ones that get through and the Moderators will take care of them. Thanks.

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Yep. But there are almost 14,000 others that haven't. I wonder though....is that number really accurate? In the week or so since spam-o-matic was activated have 14,000 spammers really tried to register here? There has always been the occasional spammer here but were there really that many registering here before spam-o-matic? If we didn't have spam-o-matic and 14,000 spammers successfully registered and posted here we wouldn't even be able to use the forum. I guess what I'm saying is that that number seems exaggerated. Could the presence of spam-o-matic actually be attracting spammers? Or could the proprietors of that program be reporting false numbers to the forums that use it? Something doesn't seem to add up with that high number.:confused: And the spam seems to be getting steadily worse than before instead of better. As a side note, don't get me wrong here. I'm not complaining or whining. I'm just curious about these things. I appreciate all of the hard work the moderators put into this forum and a few spammers aren't going to stop me from using it.

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I fight this stuff every day for a living and that number is probably not exaggerated. If you connect a computer to the net without a good virus scan program and firewall protecting you, you will be toast.

There are automated programs that look for these and will try forever to infect and infest your system.

And your password had better be something better then your Dog's name because that it easily found.

We are fighting a Chinese Porn attack at the moment that seems to be able to bypass a lot of the traditional protection.

Truth of he matter is the hackers have more time and effort to create then it seems like we do to protect.

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I dont see why anyone would bother to advertise kitchens in the UK on a car site which is primarily USA. IDK, but I see a bunch this morning and reported a couple. I assume we are to report these kitchen posts as spam.

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From my limited knowledge of this issue I would say that the statistics are probably right. There area both automated and human spammers. The Spam-O-Matic is really good at catching the automated spammers. Every time the automated attacker is denied, it tries again. This does lead to some crazy high numbers. If it got through, it would not be retrying as a different identity, so if the Spam-O-Matic were not there, the number of attackers would not be as high, but you would see large numbers of those automated attacker's posts.

I also think that the human attackers are trying a little bit harder, since the Spam-O-Matic does make it more difficult for them to get through. We are certainly under attack and the moderators will continue to fight it, so please continue hitting that report button when you see a spam post.

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Keep im mind that once the spammer has an active list, the next attack has zero cost & even a .000001% return is profit. OTOH if the vector is for a malware attack profit is inconsequential as long as someone clicks.

For companies a whitelist works so pehaps anchors (not IMGs) in .sigs should be registered and validated before going live or perhaps a certain level of activity be required before allowing .sigs at all.

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If a spammer posts a reply to a legit thread,do you delete the whole thread? Case in point: Last night I responded to a thread from A guy looking for a car from 1960. I told him I saw a good deal on a 60 Ford in Auto Roundup and would give him the ad today. On my email hu flung dung responded in the undecipherable gibberish. Then I couldn't find it to give the guy the info.

If the whole thing was spam fine or if it's still on the board and I missed it,tell me where but if it's normal procedure that might explain why some people complain about losing their posts inexplicably.https://docs.google.com/document/d/1o3a448jpik9cBfJzFQhx3VSOwkmteqI-4zaafFXPpvU/edit

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From my limited knowledge of this issue I would say that the statistics are probably right. There area both automated and human spammers. The Spam-O-Matic is really good at catching the automated spammers. Every time the automated attacker is denied, it tries again. This does lead to some crazy high numbers. If it got through, it would not be retrying as a different identity, so if the Spam-O-Matic were not there, the number of attackers would not be as high, but you would see large numbers of those automated attacker's posts.

I also think that the human attackers are trying a little bit harder, since the Spam-O-Matic does make it more difficult for them to get through. We are certainly under attack and the moderators will continue to fight it, so please continue hitting that report button when you see a spam post.

Matthew, where is the "report" button? I saw 3 of the kitchen things this morning under 3 different names but didn't know how to report them. I did not open them.

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If a spammer posts a reply to a legit thread,do you delete the whole thread? Case in point: Last night I responded to a thread from A guy looking for a car from 1960....

Dave, just in case you missed Wayne's explanation on that post you're referring to. If you'll notice, that guy had links to some sites in his signature. He was a spammer and was not serious about wanting a car. Sometimes the spammers make a vaguely relevant post and then hope that people will click on the spam links in their signature. Typical spammer move and is sometimes overlooked. I recognized it immediately and reported him. Those spammers are a sneaky bunch!

For all who need to know how to report spammers:

1. Open the spam post(or scroll down to it on the thread that it was made on).

2. Click the tiny exclamation inside a black triangle on the lower left hand side of the spam post.

3. Type "spam" or "spammer" inside the text box that appears on the next page.

4. Click "Send Report" button on the right side.

5. The report will be sent to the moderators and you will be returned to the thread.

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