[pmwiki-users] Spam help needed

Tegan Dowling tmdowling at gmail.com
Tue Mar 28 13:07:16 CST 2006

I use mailposts on all my wikis, so usually do see pretty quickly when this
robot (or army of them - really has to be, don'tcha think?) has hit a page.
Then I go in and add an edit password with an brief explanation on the page
of what it is and why it has to be there.  I use 'human'.

Actually, I'm thinking of this as a handy little utility, helping me spot
the vulnerable pages on my sites.  I'm not using any blocklists or list of
forbidden words - just the mailposts and simple password scheme above, and
it's never used the password to do any further damage.  knock wood.

On 3/28/06, Neil Herber <nospam at eton.ca> wrote:
> At 2006-03-28  01:37 PM -0500, David Spitzley is rumored to have said:
> >Over the last week or so my website has become a target of a
> >spammer, and I'm not sure what to do about it.  I just checked one
> >of the source files, and he's using dozens of different IP
> >addresses, so I don't really have a lot to go on in blocking
> >him.  I'm currently using the mtblacklist recipe, but it ccurrently
> >isn't blocking him.  Any suggestions?
> >
> >Here's one of the affected pages:
> >
> >http://www.davidaspitzley.org/gpmiwiki/index.php?n=Main.HomePage
> David
> The same spammer has been hammering my wiki for the last 2 weeks. I
> have managed to defeat him so far. My advice:
> 1) Drop MTblacklist -  you don't get to control the entries
> 2) Install Blocklist2 - email me privately for a short list of
> keywords to get rid of this guy
> 2a) Use the mail notification feature to see how well it works!
> 3) Consider a simple edit password - on my site, the password on the
> Guest pages is "please" and the password prompt even tells you that,
> but the spammer is too stupid/lazy/impatient  (choose one) to enter it
> Blocking by IP for this guy is pointless - I have seen dozens of
> different IPs, so I suspect it is a drove of zombies.
> Blocking by key word or partial URL (there are not that many) is very
> effective.
> I would also suggest installing the Mailposts script so that you are
> notified when someone is adding content to your site.
> Neil
> Neil Herber
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