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Chinese spam

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:26 am
by tiltbillings
This might be of interest. If one goes to the member section http://www.dhammawheel.com/memberlist.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; the last page, as of this writing, is 277, and looking at page 277 and working forward one will see what are almost exclusively, for pages, Chinese spammers. From what I understand is that this is not the result of bots; rather, it is the result of human drones at work. This is the Chinese spammers trying gain a toe-hold in order to come back at a later date to dump their spam. Mostly it seems to be done with a few spam msgs now and then, but there was an incident several months ago when the forum was very much under attack by the spammers with multiple msgs over several hours time.

That might happen again, and we will try to stop it as quickly as we can. In the meantime, as the spammers logon, they are being blocked both by name and IP, though that is something of a finger in the dike.

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Re: Chinese spam

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:57 am
by Spiny Norman
tiltbillings wrote:Chinese spammers.
http://www.epicure.me.uk/spamsketch.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Re: Chinese spam

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:06 am
by manas
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I would not eat Internet Spam.
I do not like it, Sam-I-am.

Re: Chinese spam

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:26 am
by plwk
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Re: Chinese spam

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:52 am
by James the Giant
Wow there are sooo many. How many, a few hundred?
Poor people, I wonder how much they are paid for this work.
Have the site admins got any clever solutions?
Best wishes.

Re: Chinese spam

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 12:52 pm
by m0rl0ck
Thank you for your admin efforts :)
Also i had no idea there was garlic spam, culinary adventure awaits :pig:

Re: Chinese spam

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:52 am
by James the Giant
I wonder, if this site was somehow tagged with Tiananmen Square Massacre, Falun Gong or Falun Dafa, Free Tibet, Dalai Lama, Communism, Counterrevolution, Democracy, Dissident, Human Rights, etc etc, if it would get blocked by the Great Firewall of China, and thus be inaccessible to sweat-shop spammers based there.
Hmm, would also be inaccessible to regular chinese folk too though.

Re: Chinese spam

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 2:10 am
by Mojo
This is the best way to have spam!

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spam_musubi" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Re: Chinese spam

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 3:16 am
by Modus.Ponens
tiltbillings wrote:This might be of interest. If one goes to the member section http://www.dhammawheel.com/memberlist.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; the last page, as of this writing, is 277, and looking at page 277 and working forward one will see what are almost exclusively, for pages, Chinese spammers. From what I understand is that this is not the result of bots; rather, it is the result of human drones at work. This is the Chinese spammers trying gain a toe-hold in order to come back at a later date to dump their spam. Mostly it seems to be done with a few spam msgs now and then, but there was an incident several months ago when the forum was very much under attack by the spammers with multiple msgs over several hours time.

That might happen again, and we will try to stop it as quickly as we can. In the meantime, as the spammers logon, they are being blocked both by name and IP, though that is something of a finger in the dike.

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:goodpost:

Re: Chinese spam

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:36 am
by manas


:)

Re: Chinese spam

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:57 am
by James the Giant
I'm inspired to buy some spam and make that hawaiian thing. Or spam and eggs.
Is spam really as nasty as I remember? Hmm...


Re: Chinese spam

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 5:07 am
by manas
James the Giant wrote:I'm inspired to buy some spam and make that hawaiian thing. Or spam and eggs.
Is spam really as nasty as I remember? Hmm...
Once I had run out of cat food, and I was not able to go to the shops. I found a tin of Spam in the cupboard (that I had been given by a charity). Personally I wouldn't touch the stuff, but my cat absolutely loved it, and she's quite a fussy eater. Not so bad then, maybe? :shrug:

:P

Re: Chinese spam

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 5:09 am
by Ben
Yes James it really is nasty.
When one of my co-students indicated that when it was his turn to cook on camp he said he would bring spam.
We told him if he did so he would end up on the menu.

On a more serious note, I just want to publicly acknowledge the work of Tilt and some of our other staff members who have been tirelessly eliminating spam accounts. Without whose efforts, we would be drowning in spam.
kind regards,

Ben

Re: Chinese spam

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 5:27 am
by manas
Ben wrote: On a more serious note, I just want to publicly acknowledge the work of Tilt and some of our other staff members who have been tirelessly eliminating spam accounts. Without whose efforts, we would be drowning in spam.
kind regards,

Ben
Sometimes we ordinary members don't realise (or forget) how much goes on behind the scenes to keep Dhamma Wheel not only going, but a nice clean place to visit. So, yes a big thank you to Tilt, and to all involved.

:thanks:

Re: Chinese spam

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:55 pm
by Modus.Ponens
manas wrote:
Ben wrote: On a more serious note, I just want to publicly acknowledge the work of Tilt and some of our other staff members who have been tirelessly eliminating spam accounts. Without whose efforts, we would be drowning in spam.
kind regards,

Ben
Sometimes we ordinary members don't realise (or forget) how much goes on behind the scenes to keep Dhamma Wheel not only going, but a nice clean place to visit. So, yes a big thank you to Tilt, and to all involved.

:thanks:
:goodpost: (and this time it's not a childish joke :) )

Re: Chinese spam

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 2:18 pm
by tiltbillings
manas wrote:
Ben wrote: On a more serious note, I just want to publicly acknowledge the work of Tilt and some of our other staff members who have been tirelessly eliminating spam accounts. Without whose efforts, we would be drowning in spam.
kind regards,

Ben
Sometimes we ordinary members don't realise (or forget) how much goes on behind the scenes to keep Dhamma Wheel not only going, but a nice clean place to visit. So, yes a big thank you to Tilt, and to all involved.

:thanks:
And thank you for the kind words. It is a team effort.

Re: Chinese spam

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 2:29 pm
by Mojo
James the Giant wrote:I'm inspired to buy some spam and make that hawaiian thing. Or spam and eggs.
I'm not a big fan of the original, because I think it's to salty, but I do like the reduced sodium, lite, and turkey varieties. The stuff is kind of expensive now so if I buy a can once every few years, I'm ok. Turkey spam and over easy eggs is pretty boss!

Re: Chinese spam

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 3:33 pm
by Dmytro
Hi Tilt,

Thank you for your work.
tiltbillings wrote:That might happen again, and we will try to stop it as quickly as we can. In the meantime, as the spammers logon, they are being blocked both by name and IP, though that is something of a finger in the dike.
I faced such a problem when I maintained PhpBB forum.

Eventually I converted the forum to SMF, with KeyCAPTCHA mod, and now I am free as a wind.

It's available for PhpBB as well: https://www.keycaptcha.com/captcha-for-cms/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

For additional security, I use CrawlProtect.

:anjali:

Re: Chinese spam

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 5:40 pm
by m0rl0ck
Dmytro wrote:Hi Tilt,

Thank you for your work.
tiltbillings wrote:That might happen again, and we will try to stop it as quickly as we can. In the meantime, as the spammers logon, they are being blocked both by name and IP, though that is something of a finger in the dike.
I faced such a problem when I maintained PhpBB forum.

Eventually I converted the forum to SMF, with KeyCAPTCHA mod, and now I am free as a wind.

It's available for PhpBB as well: https://www.keycaptcha.com/captcha-for-cms/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

For additional security, I use CrawlProtect.

:anjali:
I cant speak for anyone else, but i absolutely despise those captcha things. Half the time i cant read them.

Re: Chinese spam

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 6:03 am
by Dmytro
Hi m0rl0ck,
m0rl0ck wrote:I cant speak for anyone else, but i absolutely despise those captcha things. Half the time i cant read them.
The textual captcha has a lot of shortcomings. This thing is different, it's visual.