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Bullshit spam posts

Post by AceMan » Tue Feb 06, 2024 4:11 pm

From what I found, some of them were created by regular user accounts that have been here for years, but they got their email hijacked. The others are simply trolls joining.

I made some changes in authentication and how to register. Let's see if it works.

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Post by AceMan » Tue Feb 06, 2024 4:15 pm

Also, I accidentally reset Mule's password. I'll send him an email and a reset link

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Post by SimonandSimonBeast » Wed Feb 07, 2024 1:45 pm

Thanks Ace!
:rockon: :chug:

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Post by Mule » Wed Feb 07, 2024 9:23 pm

AceMan wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2024 4:15 pm
Also, I accidentally reset Mule's password. I'll send him an email and a reset link
lmao, figured it was something with spam protection. Was going to give you a few days before I whined about it :rofl:

It's been said that my "shitposting game is fire". :lockedandloaded:

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Post by AceMan » Thu Feb 08, 2024 2:57 pm

Mule wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2024 9:23 pm
AceMan wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2024 4:15 pm
Also, I accidentally reset Mule's password. I'll send him an email and a reset link
lmao, figured it was something with spam protection. Was going to give you a few days before I whined about it :rofl:

It's been said that my "shitposting game is fire". :lockedandloaded:
I'll be looking for your colorful update! :D :D :D :rockon:

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Post by AceMan » Thu Feb 08, 2024 3:14 pm

SimonandSimonBeast wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2024 1:45 pm
Thanks Ace!
You are welcome. And thanks for reaching out to me.

FYI, I have blocked close to100,000 IPs many of which are in EMEA (Europe), Russia, and South Africa. There are more to block, so I'm still working on them as they come in. I also notice a vast slowness with the site, but I don't see it on the hosting provider, so that's tell me someone is nailing this site with a DDOS attack. My guess is it's Russian or Chinese. If I can figure out the source, I can stop it, but it's hitting the hosting provider IP for this site, and I don't have access to that.

I looked into blocking the whole IP range for both, but their IP blocks are intermingled with legit countries, so it's difficult, and besides this site admin pages won't take the list (it's huge). For example, attached is the current, as of today's date, the list of IPs just for Russia. This system wouldn't take it due to the numerous entries, so it leaves me to block by IP block.

For example:
2.16.53.0/24 means 2.16.53.1 to 2.16.53.254 (256 IPs)
2.16.103.0/24 means 2.16.103.1 to 2.16.103.254 (256 IPs)

there are more in the list that start with 2.16.x.x

I can combine them in one big IP range, such as 2.16.0.0/16 (means everything between 2.16.0.1 to 2.16.255.254 or 65,536 IPs)
So checking https://www.ip2location.com/demo/2.16.0.0 I found that that range belongs to Brazil So I can be safe to block the range. To make it easier for me would be to block 16,000,000 addresses by blocking 2.0.0.0/8. I looked that up, and much of it is in UK and Ireland. Yep, they traverse different parts of the world. And I found some of the other ranges also have some in the US, not this one, but others. So I had to take a step back to figure this out a little better.

I still need to migrate this to the new platform, but even they don't have a good solution. I may move this off InMotion hosting and go with Microsoft's Office 365 hosting. Still studying which direction is best.
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Post by Mule » Thu Feb 08, 2024 5:07 pm

Put it behind cloudflare?

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Post by Retired BLM Rig » Fri Feb 16, 2024 12:28 am

Ace, I don't know what lengths you had to go to that stopped the flood of spammers invading the forum, but thank you so much!!! :notworthy:

Also, I heard that Border Patrol might be hiring, maybe you could be a consultant and suggest some of your tactics for them. :poke:

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Post by Mule007 » Fri Feb 16, 2024 9:46 am

Retired BLM Rig wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2024 12:28 am
Ace, I don't know what lengths you had to go to that stopped the flood of spammers invading the forum, but thank you so much!!! :notworthy:

Also, I heard that Border Patrol might be hiring, maybe you could be a consultant and suggest some of your tactics for them. :poke:
Ace: X2,,,,much appreciated,,, :cheers:
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