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Regarding User FuntKlakow (SpamBot) ?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 2:38 pm
by Cipolla
I wondered about some messages of the new user FuntKlakow.
Now i read in a local php-forum that this is a bot who registered in thousand boards.

A quick google search will show up some interesting informations.

Just to inform you.

Dave, maybe it is a good idea to take care of the forum.

PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 9:02 am
by Wrangler
Dave: Do the google search, and go to the first forum. Having read 9 pages of complaints, it seems that activating Visual Confirmation for signups will stop this bot, so far. My search popped up 310,000 results for FuntKlakow, so this is a problem. Visual confirmation just requires that you type in a random number, generated by the forum, when registering. Seems an easy thing to do to stop possible future hacks. I would also block and ban this user.

At this point he (or she) appears to just be a board spammer. Posting phony topics to get their spam sig in. Let's hope it's just that.

Thank you Cipolla, for the heads up!

PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 9:16 pm
by hlmonok3dz
Thanks for the info. Visual confirmation is already turned on, but it was off for a short time when we experienced problem with our sever a few weeks ago.

PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 4:18 am
by HPW
Seems that 'James201' is another one!

PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 7:59 am
by Wrangler
Yup. Same MO. His spamming signature didn't show up because he enclosed it in brackets []. There will no doubt be others.

PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 3:56 pm
by domino
Sadly PHPBB seems to be suffering the same fate as PHPNuke as far as being a hacking and spamming target.. Probably time to gently start creating some sort of archive and thinking about a different board.

If the Nuke experience is anything to go by it will just get worse and by the time you've blocked one bot/hack the next one will be on it's way.