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Posted 18 April 2010 - 04:05 AM
What could all this mean?
Posted 18 April 2010 - 07:52 AM
Posted 18 April 2010 - 11:55 AM
If the forum were still active, most of those come with built in spam protection that would allow you to restrict access to users by their IP number or IP range. And as she said, there are lists out there you can use to seed your blocking rules. As a general rule you can usually mass block entire IP ranges if you want to block off certain countries.
Or you may also want to look into what your server does when a user hits a page that doesn't exist. It's entirely possible that it's configured to send Not Found requests to your home page automatically. Which could be why you're seeing the traffic show up there now. This would also be evident if you were to look through your raw log files and traced back the original hits from those IP numbers.
If that's the case, you could tweak your 404 Not Found error handling to silently drop the connections from these IP ranges. Or simply put up a single page that says the forum is gone and redirect all requests for forum pages to this new page.
Or if you control the entire server you could also set up some block rules at the firewall itself. Though that's probably overkill if they're not actively trying to hack your site.
Lots of ways one can deal with this sort of thing.
FWIW, most people would be amazed at the number of hacked PC's out there. It's a huge number. I see it more in how I have my mail servers set up, because most of those hacked machine are set up to be mail spam bots but don't use an legitimate mail server when trying to send their spam. A significant amount of mail sent to me never makes it to me because it is being sent by these hacked PC's.
Posted 18 April 2010 - 01:30 PM
I tried to understand all the different possibilities I had as an admin, and tested everything I thought might help. There was an option to use black lists and I tried it. I tried to put reasonable obstacles to user registration and finally I closed the possibility to register altogether. But the spam kept coming in. Finally I thought I would erase all the users, but I didn't know how to do it. The forum wasn't very active and I didn't want to be a part in spreading spam, so I erased all the files from the server.
I probably shouldn't assume that only because I'm working on a Mac I'm almost immune to viruses? Maybe I could google for free checking services, but then again, how can I know it's not some kind of dirty site that installs malware instead of removing it? Any suggestions where to go?
All the technicalities of computer security is past my knowledge, as you might have guest. I still (wrongly?) trust my Mac
Posted 19 April 2010 - 09:48 AM
That said I'll tell you plainly that any computer that doesn't have anti-virus and spyware protection is going to get hacked. It's just a matter of time. And I don't care what make, model, type or anything else it is.
Posted 19 April 2010 - 12:25 PM
It was a comment to "FWIW, most people would be amazed at the number of hacked PC's out there. It's a huge number."
Posted 20 April 2010 - 01:49 PM
Posted 20 June 2010 - 05:51 AM
That is not an optimal option, each line in htaccess takes resources, a firewall level ban would be better.
Posted 20 June 2010 - 02:28 PM
And not everyone has that option, unfortunately. But a Swedish forum with little to no appeal to Chinese visitors can easily block IP addresses by "A" or "B" blocks.
I have resorted to doing that with my VBulletin forum. It has cut down on spam registrations significantly, although not completely. There are still a few hand jobs coming in but we can easily moderate or delete those.
Posted 21 June 2010 - 06:35 AM
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