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Most recent spam - cause and solution - 5/22/21


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Recently we've had a handful of people from Germany complaining that couldn't access the forums. In the past we had blocked Germany access due to spam.


Germany access was restored in the last few days. Last night we got a wave of Chinese spam. I'm sure there is a correlation.

 

Today I changed up new member authentication.

 

  1. Turned on puzzle captcha
  2. Changed the registration questions.  They are now:
  • How many pistons in a V8 engine? (word, not number)    ANSWER:  EIGHT, Eight, eight
  • What is the name of the insect of Volkswagen's most popular vehicle?  ANSWER: BUG, Bug, bug, beetle, Beetle, BEETLE

 

Let's wait and see how this plays out.

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  • Peter Gariepy changed the title to Most recent spam - cause and solution - 5/22/21
On 5/22/2021 at 11:57 AM, Peter Gariepy said:

Germany access was restored in the last few days. Last night we got a wave of Chinese spam. I'm sure there is a correlation.

 

I think so to. I just flagged a spammer with what appeared to be Chinese writing but I believe what we are seeing is Korean according to his IP address that I copied below.

 

The IP address resolves to 110.8.81.70

Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, 13332, Korea, Republic Of

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