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Yesterday, two new members were registered, got the top range as members and send a lot of private spam messages with links to porn sites.

Many members send me warnings about it... Today banned those members and delete all their messages...

It's the first time that happens in my board...

The strange thing is that they have entered and massively sent that message to many members. And what has surprised me the most is that they have directly become top members as soon as they joined, when that is impossible. So it had to be a robot or something similar...

The problem is that they have easily entered the web, which is completely updated (i have installed the last version)...

Any idea to prevent this from happening again?

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On 6/8/2022 at 12:42 PM, Marc Stridgen said:

Im not sure what you mean here by "Top members". We do have hcaptcha which has been added to help prevent these being created as often. There will however be times where these are manually created by individuals, so it will never stop everything

Yes, was very strange to see that one member who registered just some hours ago, had a Top Member RANGE. I'm admin of my board (obviusly) and I haven't got that kind of range until now. So was very strange to see that 🤔

On 6/8/2022 at 12:41 PM, opentype said:

 

I deleted those two members and it didn't happen again. I will download file and install, thanks!!!!

On 6/8/2022 at 12:45 PM, Andy Millne said:

Some communities restrict their default member group from being able to send private messages. You can do this and then the system can move them to a higher group with elevated permissions once they have posted x publicly approved posts.

Interesting idea, I'll try it, thanks for the advice 😉👍

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Same thing happened to me overnight. They became a grand master in 24 hours...all PMs sent

Got a lot of traffic for returning users though, from a PM...promising love.

Must be some sort of bot. I flagged them for spam and have it set to delete the content. They both had emails from *zeroe.ml and IP 95.105.124.92

Here are the two users and you can see their ranks...

Could contain: Text

Points example....

Could contain: Text, Page, Number, Symbol, Plot

I changed my message settings for my default usergroup from unlimited to now:

Could contain: Text, Number, Symbol, Page

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They've gotten me before too.  I put all members in a New Members group and they need to post a certain amount of content before they can send more than 2 PMs.

54 minutes ago, AlexWebsites said:

95.105.124.92

Thanks. I'm adding it to my CleanTalk ban list

Edit: CleanTalk wouldn't allow me to add it because it was already part of my ban on Russian Federation IPs.

I do recommend CleanTalk

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On 6/8/2022 at 6:45 AM, Andy Millne said:

Some communities restrict their default member group from being able to send private messages. You can do this and then the system can move them to a higher group with elevated permissions once they have posted x publicly approved posts.

We did this and it has been effective in stopping them.  It's very rare for us to see them post enough content to gain PM access before the content gets flagged for clear boosting (we know the game they play well).  However our members are active and help mitigate this issue by reporting bad actors that slip through the cracks.

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For those who may want to block them on the server level...

Add the IP range 95.105.0.0/17 to the block list and that will eliminate that particular Russian Federation provider (95.105.0.0-95.105.127.255).

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