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#1 2013-02-11 01:09:32

James Burk
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From: Seattle, WA
Registered: 2011-11-17
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2013 Spammer Thread

Hi all,

Please use this thread to report spam or any other suspicious activity.  You can also use the "Report" links within every post.  We do read & act on those.

Thanks,
-James


James Burk | Webmaster & IT Director | The Mars Society
jburk@marssociety.org  |  +1 (206) 601-7143

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#2 2018-02-05 11:20:41

JoshNH4H
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From: Pullman, WA
Registered: 2007-07-15
Posts: 2,513
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Re: 2013 Spammer Thread

The user Stanislawa has posted some lewd spam on our forums.  I have permabanned them but it seems that I do not have the permissions to delete their posts.

Edit:  I can delete their posts in every forum but this one.

Last edited by JoshNH4H (2018-02-05 11:22:44)


-Josh

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#3 2018-02-05 12:07:23

jburk
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Re: 2013 Spammer Thread

Taken care of.


James Burk | Webmaster & IT Director | The Mars Society
jburk@marssociety.org  |  +1 (206) 601-7143

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#4 2018-02-05 12:13:54

JoshNH4H
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Re: 2013 Spammer Thread

Thanks!


-Josh

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#5 2018-02-05 21:17:05

SpaceNut
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Re: 2013 Spammer Thread

Sorry could only watch it happen while at work....

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#6 2019-01-23 17:46:13

SpaceNut
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Re: 2013 Spammer Thread

Like the post above this one, there was not much I could do from where I work....

Kbd512 wrote:

Please remove this advertising content for fake / illegal passports, Visa cards, etc. Perhaps we should have some sort of content filter that queues up any content for review that contains certain keywords or patterns prior to posting it. That could easily be part of the submission logic and there's likely hooks or API's for doing that. I know that there's a way to use regular expressions within the software you're using to do that. I've never done that for bulletin board software, but I've done it on E-mail servers and within databases.


Thanks,
kbd512

That is something that I can meantion as to how frequent we are getting these.

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#7 2019-01-23 18:06:03

kbd512
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Re: 2013 Spammer Thread

SpaceNut,

Do a Google search on regular expressions to learn about how to use them to filter questionable content.  Anything that talks about passports, other government identification documents, driver's licenses, or marijuana products is automatically suspect.  That sort of content generally has little or nothing to do with aerospace science and technology or space exploration, which is what this forum is all about.

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#8 2019-01-23 18:15:15

SpaceNut
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Posts: 15,597

Re: 2013 Spammer Thread

The filter script needs to be aprroved by the FluxBB and they do have some things already and its a matter of getting it installed on the server the board rides on.
Message was sent to address the issue, to that Admin level but I hear you as its one more attack that could take down the forum again....as it happened in 2008 ish time frame.. We were down for nearly 2 years and while we have recovered the data to put back its just time consuming as its board topic areas were different than they are now.

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#9 2019-01-24 04:54:04

elderflower
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Re: 2013 Spammer Thread

Multiple posts with the same content could be picked up and used to identify things like yesterday's fake document posts.

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#10 2019-01-24 11:22:27

Oldfart1939
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Registered: 2016-11-26
Posts: 1,598

Re: 2013 Spammer Thread

More garbage today, as well. sad

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#11 2019-01-24 11:54:07

GW Johnson
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Posts: 3,524
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Re: 2013 Spammer Thread

"Interplanetary Transportation" has a new thread in Russian,  that is spam advertising construction equipment,  according to the translation. 

GW


GW Johnson
McGregor,  Texas

"There is nothing as expensive as a dead crew,  especially one dead from a bad management decision"

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#12 2019-01-24 17:52:41

SpaceNut
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Re: 2013 Spammer Thread

Cleaned up all four perpetrators

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#13 2019-01-25 11:54:25

kbd512
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Re: 2013 Spammer Thread

SpaceNut,

These spammers are so obnoxious that I finally broke down and started going through the code for FluxBB.

The affected portion of the submission logic that we can use to stop these spammers is thus:

if ($pun_config['o_censoring'] == '1')
{
    $cur_post['subject'] = censor_words($cur_post['subject']);
    $cur_post['message'] = censor_words($cur_post['message']);
}

Please add "passport" to the list of censor words for the "censor_words" function to search for in both the subject and message contained in the "$cur_post" collection / associative array variable prior to posting to the forum.  If we need to take it a step further and merely delay posting for moderator approval to determine if the keyword was used in a legitimate post / context, please let me know and I'll hunt down some code to do that or write it myself.

The actual code files that must be modified is either "functions.php" or "post.php" and "edit.php".  We need to alter how "censor_words" functions to preclude acceptance of the submission.  Alternatively, we just modify "post.php" and "edit.php" to return an error message to anyone who posts or edits a post containing one of the censor words.  The "cache_censoring.php" file should be generated from the TABLE named CENSORING in the database, so we're ultimately going to add rows to "CENSORING ( ID, SEARCH_FOR, REPLACE_WITH )" and then alter some of the aforementioned code to dump the post for moderator review or outright reject it to preclude what is most likely spam from junking up the database.  We can do that with censor word values from a pre-generated flat file, which is how "CENSORING" gets loaded, or at least that's what "install.php" appears to do.

// How we could potentially use regular expressions to mitigate the spammers
$censoring_regex = ".+c_word1|c_word2|c_word_3.+";
if (preg_match($censoring_regex, $cur_post['subject'])) {
  message($lang_common['No permission'], false, 'Your post was flagged for censored content and moderator review.');
}

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#14 2019-01-26 18:14:25

SpaceNut
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Registered: 2004-07-22
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Re: 2013 Spammer Thread

Good news IT for Mars Society has time to take care of this over the weekend. 
Thanks and appreciation to kdb512 as we are working on it with priority.

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#15 2019-01-27 11:27:32

elderflower
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Posts: 1,087

Re: 2013 Spammer Thread

Hope this works!

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#16 2019-02-04 15:18:51

Void
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Registered: 2011-12-29
Posts: 3,011

Re: 2013 Spammer Thread

You sure have lots of cooties today.


I like people who criticize angels dancing on a pinhead.  I also like it when angels dance on my pinhead.

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#17 2019-02-04 17:27:29

SpaceNut
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From: New Hampshire
Registered: 2004-07-22
Posts: 15,597

Re: 2013 Spammer Thread

Just got home from work but will check each post...

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#18 2019-02-04 17:33:21

Void
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Posts: 3,011

Re: 2013 Spammer Thread

Not a complaint or a criticism.

Thank You for your hard work SpaceNut.


I like people who criticize angels dancing on a pinhead.  I also like it when angels dance on my pinhead.

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#19 2019-03-28 17:07:51

SpaceNut
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From: New Hampshire
Registered: 2004-07-22
Posts: 15,597

Re: 2013 Spammer Thread

This is the second time I have seen the HEY HEY HEY topic posting

tahanson43206 wrote:

For SpaceNut ... just curious ... who's been banning recent registrants?  Is that being done by someone other than yourself?

Did you ever hear back on the question about vetting applications for membership?  Is it considered more trouble than it would be worth?

(th)

It would seem like our site is just some sort of joke to post on....

No only silence...

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#20 2019-05-25 09:35:29

SpaceNut
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Registered: 2004-07-22
Posts: 15,597

Re: 2013 Spammer Thread

tahanson43206 wrote:

Today on Mars:

Of possible local interest:
9 new ID's were registered yesterday (May 24 Earth Calendar)
Of those, NONE have been banned as of 10:55 Eastern Standard Time US
However, an ambitious advertiser from Manhattan has been banned already today.
Congratulations to the alert administrator who caught the 24 messages.
Wouldn't it be amazing if all that energy were invested in the human space enterprise!

Now one more has registered. Took a peek at the emails to find several were from the same servers noted for spammers. A few appear to be real as they show resemblance of a name nto being a computer generated string of characters...

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#21 2019-05-25 19:01:24

SpaceNut
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From: New Hampshire
Registered: 2004-07-22
Posts: 15,597

Re: 2013 Spammer Thread

Just got back from the days travels and only found 2 fake document spammers of which these were not from the days newly registered...

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