Pharmaceutical Spam, Redux

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Pharmaceutical Spam, Redux

Post by ARCHINSTL » Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:28 am

As most have noticed, we've been under attack for a few weeks by assorted Pharma spammers.
I've been deleting 2-4 per day for some few days, until Neu is able to erect new safeguards (he said this is not uncommon with the PHPBB forums we have). I've already deleted one new "member" today.
So - while hardly necessary - don't open any which are patently obvious to be pill pushers (and thus far, they all have been quite obvious) - goodness knows what those links will enable.
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Re: Pharmaceutical Spam, Redux

Post by ARCHINSTL » Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:07 pm

Well - now up to 5 pharma spammers deleted so far and the day is still young!
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Re: Pharmaceutical Spam, Redux

Post by ARCHINSTL » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:50 pm

I've been eliminating 5+ spammers per day for some days now - and even catching some as they join, but have not posted!
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Re: Pharmaceutical Spam, Redux

Post by Petros » Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:45 pm

Anyway to stop them from joining? Can you put all new member posts on probation? many lists do that, until the moderator determines the new member is legit and follow the rules, all new posts must be cleared by the moderator.

What next, Nigerian princes needing to transfers millions in our bank accounts?
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Re: Pharmaceutical Spam, Redux

Post by ARCHINSTL » Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:23 pm

That is beyond my capability, being only a humble moderator.
Sounds like a way to go, if possible.

OT, but for much of December and January I was, daily, getting those very offers from Nigeria and Kenya. The wording and syntax was usually hilarious - even funnier than the old Japanglish translations of the '60s and '70s.
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T.S. Eliot - "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
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Re: Pharmaceutical Spam, Redux

Post by Mattel » Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:35 am

Hi Tom, I've been deleting and banning about 2 a day as well. Can we get Chad to add some other ways of security to delete the spambots? cheers
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Re: Pharmaceutical Spam, Redux

Post by ARCHINSTL » Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:28 am

Gotcha, OceangiseLisa - before your posts were minutes old!
This makes 5 since my last post yesterday, plus Mattel's.
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Re: Pharmaceutical Spam, Redux

Post by Neu » Sat Feb 25, 2012 4:20 am

Hey guys, sorry about the delay. I've been working on it and changing the spam protection. Unfortunately we're running the latest phpbb software on the forums which means a lot of the spam plugins aren't compatible quite yet. I'll look into it when I wake up tomorrow. My work schedule has been pretty crazy as of late.

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Re: Pharmaceutical Spam, Redux

Post by ARCHINSTL » Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:22 am

Boy the pharmaspammers are getting clever...I just deleted one whose handle was Unimmemnpaync and had not yet posted anything.
Clicking on the bio revealed s/he was 24, worked for "government," and was into fishing and touring. The web site was something called "flourishandfly (dot) com," so it looked like s/he worked for a sort of travel agency or tourism bureau.
Heretofore they have not gone to the trouble of establishing a bio - I guess we are getting a Gen II spammer?.
But a Google Search for the name revealed all sorts of opportunities for all sorts of medications - alas, none revealed a source for powdered rhino horn :wink: :( .
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"Oh, do not ask, 'What is it?' Let us go and make our visit."
T.S. Eliot - "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
"Now and then we had a hope that, if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates."
Mark Twain

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Re: Pharmaceutical Spam, Redux

Post by ARCHINSTL » Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:16 pm

Well, we've not had any pharmaspam posts for nearly two weeks!
A while back I changed the mathematical question for the registration from a simple addition question to one involving addition and multiplication and division; apparently it worked!

I wanted to throw in a square root requirement, but figgered not everyone would recognize the symbol; it is .
I am saving this ploy for the last stand before Moscow...
Tom M.
T4WD augury?
"Oh, do not ask, 'What is it?' Let us go and make our visit."
T.S. Eliot - "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
"Now and then we had a hope that, if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates."
Mark Twain

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