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User Registrations

PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:10 pm
by Angoid
Just a heads-up for you, but we recently got blasted by round of spamming that has affected most phpBB3 boards.

Basically, the CAPTCHA mechanisms (those annoying hoops you have to jump through when signing up for anything) have been broken, thereby allowing automated bots to register where previously they had not been able to. This results in far too much spam to cope with - spam registrations as well as post.

For about a week, I turned off registrations as we had been hit with some 30 or 40 over the space of a few hours (Friday 16th November).

I have just turned registration back on and amended our CAPTCHA system (using a new question and answer).

We'll see how long it holds, but if it does get broken quickly then I'll have to put something more aggressive in place. I have some ideas, but it will take time to do.

Watch this space!