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oldfogy

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Re: Spam storm
« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2008, 09:28:27 PM »

My account is gmail, so seems it should not be a problem.
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Re: Spam storm
« Reply #16 on: November 12, 2008, 09:30:31 PM »

Don't worry ... gmail accounts can still be used for signup
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Re: Spam storm
« Reply #17 on: November 12, 2008, 09:30:41 PM »

Yorky,
You would not have to show your passport on here to sign up, just a Yorkshire bus pass will do!  ;D
Googlemail, or webmail eg. Yahoo are fine.

Vot happens now izt zat ve fon you up unt check your aczent!  :lol:

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Re: Spam storm
« Reply #18 on: November 12, 2008, 09:31:54 PM »

You'd be fine Yorkie.

btw I can quite clearly see you are in the UK.
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Re: Spam storm
« Reply #19 on: November 12, 2008, 09:46:43 PM »

Careful Dave, I'm a proud Yorkshireman too.
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Re: Spam storm
« Reply #20 on: November 12, 2008, 09:51:00 PM »

TBH I have never seen spam on the site as you guys are always too quick for me  :clap2:

I will keep my eyes open but it looks that Kitz maybe onto something that she implemented earlier  :)
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Re: Spam storm
« Reply #21 on: November 12, 2008, 09:53:55 PM »

Careful Dave, I'm a proud Yorkshireman too.

Me too, Mike.

I still like to see the Tykes win!

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Re: Spam storm
« Reply #22 on: November 12, 2008, 10:03:20 PM »

I never knew that Dave.

> I still like to see the Tykes win!

That's a sore point at the moment being a Doncaster Rovers fan.
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Re: Spam storm
« Reply #23 on: November 12, 2008, 11:19:59 PM »

I'm in Latvia tomorrow/Friday/Saturday - do you want me to smack a few heads or whip 'em into shape?    :whip:

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Re: Spam storm
« Reply #24 on: November 12, 2008, 11:48:56 PM »

lol thanks for the offer Colin  ;D

Actually.. Ive been doing a bit of reading on the subject this eve and how this particular bot works.  Even though it may appear to have been originating in Latvia, that this particular bot is simply making use of open proxies.  One of the things I have noticed is that it sometimes 'moves' through countries as you block one country it will find another.... each time getting 'nearer' in the EU if you know what I mean*   I guess the .ru and similar blocks are easier to find proxies so it goes through there first.
SMF forum advice is theres not much point IP blocking as it will only find another....   although I and others have found that it does help quite a bit.  Im currently bouncing off on average at least 10-15 an hour using this method, so its at least keeping some of it at bay.

AFAIK this is the first time a bot has majorly been able to attack SMF big style, and previous bots tended to target other php forums.   Looking at SMF's first reaction yesterday, I dont think even they believed quite what was going on at first, as SMF has always had one of the best php forum reputations for security and anti-bot measures.
I suppose it was only inevitable that as SMF became more popular because of just that reputation, it was a challenge for someone just waiting to happen.  :'(



*one of the things I said to the mods yesterday before we knew the full scale of this attacks was 'persistent little git'.
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Re: Spam storm
« Reply #25 on: November 13, 2008, 06:11:42 AM »

Careful Dave, I'm a proud Yorkshireman too.

Well I'm a Sheffielder(thats a posh Yorkshireman)does that count. :D
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Re: Spam storm
« Reply #26 on: November 13, 2008, 06:20:24 AM »

As long as you were born within the traditional county boundaries of Yorkshire, it counts.
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Re: Spam storm
« Reply #27 on: November 13, 2008, 09:13:20 AM »

TD has just posted on forumites quiz saying he can't log on here, and his he banned because of his email address?????
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He is using pop3 through virgin.net
« Last Edit: November 13, 2008, 10:30:46 AM by UncleUB »
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Re: Spam storm
« Reply #28 on: November 13, 2008, 10:29:03 AM »

Maybe we need a new emo:

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Re: Spam storm
« Reply #29 on: November 13, 2008, 11:47:04 AM »

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TD has just posted

No TDs not banned - Ive just checked his account, which would tell me, and also his email address is absolutely fine...  as is his range of IPs which is in the UK anyhow.

>> he can't log on here

When you say cant log on.. how far can he get?
Does he get any error messages at all?

.. if he's been caught up in any way shape or form with this - he will get a very specific message!

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