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Attn New Member Requests

Postby tookalisten » Sun Jul 21, 2013 8:51 am

First, we apologize to visitors to this Forum who have requested log-in privileges and have not gotten a response. We have had to temporarily disable new registration due to the tremendous volume of spam requests.

Bots literally are now sending hundreds of requests every minute, every hour, of every day.
It has become impossible to separate legitimate requests from those of bot spammers.

The forum is due an upgrade to filter out the spam requests. Our good hosts at B3 are aware of the issue and promise to make the upgrades soon. They are however very busy setting up their new East Coast distributorship; so we have no timetable on the upgrade.

We have had a few new members to contact the B3 store directly and request a log-in; which is one method to allow registration until we get the upgrade.

Thank you; hopefully this will get resolved soon.
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Re: Attn New Member Requests

Postby turbo_ale » Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:40 am

tookalisten wrote:Bots literally are now sending hundreds of requests every minute, every hour, of every day.
It has become impossible to separate legitimate requests from those of bot spammers.


Does this happen at the other beer forums and other forums in general, or are the spammers just pissed at this forum ?
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Re: Attn New Member Requests

Postby tookalisten » Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:50 am

It happens everywhere; but unfortunately, as I understand it, this forum's software has not been updated lately so the security settings needed to combat these type of issues are not currently available to us.

Perhaps Mike can weigh in with more detail, as he is our resident expert on such matters.
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Re: Attn New Member Requests

Postby Mike_ » Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:40 am

Yes, the forums anit-spam counter measures need to be updated. To do this we have to have the server Admin install the new plugins. All forum admins do not have access to the server that is hosting the Forums software.
Currently the forums use a really simple q&a captcha that once is know can be easily replicated.

Needed is a more up to date one like these:

https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/mod/keycaptcha/

https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/mod/ ... block_mod/

I think this one is the best.
https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/mod/ ... ha_plugin/

and if anything give admins an easier way to ban
https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/mod/one_click_ban/
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Re: Attn New Member Requests

Postby Mike_ » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:48 am

The new Spam bot measures are installed!!

Please have your friends, family and anyone come join the forums again!!!

Cheers!
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Re: Attn New Member Requests

Postby jeeper » Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:46 pm

Good job guys :!:
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