The battle against spammers

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52 Responses

  1. Jd8531 says:

    You forgot to put an Insert more tag :p

  2. rafael707 says:

    im tired of random post about NFL jerseys or UGS BOOTS, etc…

  3. e says:

    Please help us putting it in the wagic forums

  4. Hey guys you wouldnt believe how easy it is to make money buying/selling stock! Using the tools i found on…
    Haha just kidding! Spam is really annoying and if people actually fall for such tricks they deserve to lose their Money.

  5. psn representative says:

    less ***, more exploits

  6. Jd8531 says:

    Sadly its the internet, someone will always find a way around. Thanks for cleaning the forums though :)

  7. Mr. Shizzy says:

    Yes. Spam drives me INSANE!! lol

    Thanks wololo for cleaning up /talk as well as taking the time to post the very informative article. :D

  8. zoraktorok says:

    heh, fighting spam is like sony fighting this community… ironic it is, but what can you do? They find a loophole, shut em down… wait for the next opening and do it again. Thankyou for dealing with the headache on both sides wololo!

  9. Dutt says:

    Good news and good work wololo.

  10. nakano says:

    Thanks wololo, this was an interesting post!

  11. Leires says:

    Now if only they had a way to battle trolls..Your blog is rather full of them, Wololo :x

  12. Leires says:

    er..didn’t mean the angry face, meant : x ** as in ‘hushed face’

  13. braveheartleo says:

    “Winter is coming.”

    Reminded me of the Game of Thrones TV Series, and is the common phrase of folks from the House of Starks in Winterfell.

    *patiently waiting next year’s season :) *

    Thank you Wololo for sharing this information.

  14. Dario says:

    wololo = sony behing the scene

  15. gwenavirre says:

    I use http://areyouahuman.com on my site and it seems to greatly deter spambots

  16. WolfRamiO says:

    you have spammers in your forums because phpbb is like a 15 years old forums software.

  17. Thorwak says:

    I manage a mail server for ~1000 users, and I use various well-known anti-spam services block lists as “weights” in mail rules. I can’t take their lists for The One Truth (this creates false positives since clueless admins easily end up in those lists temporarily), but they way in as one of several factors. This catches well over 90%. Still, that means 100-1000 spams that would get through every day in my case, which is of course still a disaster.

    The key I have found is to come up with a couple of your own scripts/rules/factors that take care of the rest. And then, DON’T SHARE THEM! They are easily defeated if studied, and could probably be defeated by analysis (bruteforce trial-and-error), but since a minor target like our mail server is of little interested, this has worked wonders. I’m proud to say currently about 99.98% of the spam is rejected, and AFAIK not a single false positive after years of use. Every now and then I tweak them a tiny bit when something manages to slip by the checks by pure luck several times, but this is really minor work.

    It’s doable, not even that hard, and your users will love it :)

    (In a way it’s “security by obscurity”, but as far as spam goes this is definitely good enough.)

  18. Ivo says:

    For remotejoy on psv… Do not try psplinkusb or do … But try psplink and have it setup for nethost … Try it on a psp first to get it going then launch it via vhbl or cef and on pc use nethost and pspsh instead of usbhostfs … Anyway then load remotejoy prx and maybe loadvsh … Have phun.

  19. jd20dog says:

    why do i feel this is the same story when it come to adds and my add blocker???

    • wololo says:

      Yeah, it’s probably a similar situation, although I would say ad networks that try to bypass ad blockers are bad ones… I’m expecting google adsense for example to respect people’s decision when it comes to blocking ads. but I might be wrong

  20. Deagle275 says:

    New way of finding spambots ;) , just do like this:
    Wrait thou trhird lutter ov Sssprinkel
    Correct Answer : R , because Sprinkle ;)
    And yes, this is just a joke, but perpharps it works ?

  21. trecenters says:

    No one besides me bought any asbestos jerseys?

  22. Mary Alice says:

    Being a member board mod from RPGamer, I can say that spammers are sneaky little cockroaches; we’ve been fighting a war against them for about 2 years now. Their fav trick now (because they can’t post threads(You have to make so many posts to make a thread if you are new) and most of them are blocked by a board plugin that uses the two things you mention) is to make spam profiles. They put spammy things in sigs and member messages (we use Vbull btw) and in their profiles.

    Luckily it’s only 1 a week now. Only thing we’ve been able to do is clear out the spam and ban. I suggest you keep your eyes open for that kinda bull in case it shows up.

  23. ivo says:

    great site btw

    here my runtvtime.sh script i would like to see a php imageslider from
    ./runtvtime.sh
    #!/bin/sh
    echo
    tvtime &

    sleep 4

    echo
    arecord -D hw:1,0 -c 2 -r 32000 -f S16_LE -t wav | aplay – &

    this is on ubuntu
    allso try remotejoy-sdl and watch tvtime pic in pic on as many clients as u wish

    Oh please
    How do i create a php script from an application virtual frame buffer ?

    thanks anyway :)

  24. ivo says:

    hello,

    let me rformulate

    how do i export a pc app or any app standard IOs android pc mac linux win osx towards a psp and just one app (being tvtime xor xbmc xor mythtv or yavdr or any ?.? ? or the whole desktop ?

    ifso are there then allso desktop apps for psp ?

  25. ivo says:

    i know of one way between colinux or any ubuntu and xming-w32 x server for windows.

    by doing export DISPLAY:=ip:port of xming or any x server
    then launch the app with tvtime&

  26. ivo says:

    i mean to ask simply for psp and ps3 … on ubuntu ps3mediaserver tvtime bindings with audio :)

    bye nd thanks

  27. Haze7 says:

    People in 2nd world and 3rd World countries(also in Ch.ina) actually have jobs solving massive amount of Captcha. They get for as low as $0.25 for an entire week of captcha solving. And in their economy its a huge number. So I don’t see anyway around that except a Captcha solving limit(And if there was I myself would be locked out of that website).

  28. n1nurt4 says:

    I’m sure wololo would love to have your expertise on the matter. Why don’t you send him a pm with your ideas?

  29. dm646 says:

    i happen to think this website and the content is very interesting and helpful :)

    its a lot of work to manage a site a lot of work to code them too heh

  30. Turd Sandwhich says:

    I can revamp this whole website into something extraordinary adding awesome features and what not. So whadda say? I been designing websites since the age of 14.

  31. wololo says:

    I say being a designer and having useful content are not the same, so you are kinda changing the subject. What type of features do you have in mind?

  32. Telgar Drakore says:

    Im not sure if he meant the actual building blocks of the site themselves or the sites contents. O_o.

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