From CutCodeDown => Drive-By's => Topic started by: Jason Knight on 7 Jun 2020, 07:06:45 am

Title: Mass IP bans
Post by: Jason Knight on 7 Jun 2020, 07:06:45 am
It's been nearly a decade since I ran another forums, and I have to say the change in the spam landscape has been... interesting.

I mean, I know colocrossing is a den of dirtbags run by some of the biggest dirtbags out there, but to have to mass ban ALL of their assigned address range is absurd. Given that these sleazy scum actually seem to have around 8% off the entire IPv4 address space to themselves, who and why hasn't the IANA taken action to deny these assclowns the use of IP addresses altogether?

In any decently run society, these clowns would be out on their arse.

The past week in particular has been a massive case of whack-a-mole. I've now got almost 18% of the ENTIRE range of available IPv4 addresses blocked at the IPTables level. That shouldn't be a thing, and it speaks not to the amount of dirtbags out there, but a general lack of policing and responsibility on the part of the IANA, ARIN, RIPE, and all the other agencies responsible for who gets an IP address.

Also makes me wish I could just ban by "origin". Tell all these sleazy ****'s -- ColoCrossing, FranTech, QuadraNet, Vortex, Irida Telecom, etc, etc -- to go plow themselves via a dozen entries like "AS8100" instead of needing over 2900 lines of IP ranges.

Would be possible, but all those RDNS / Whois lookups every time a new IP accessed the server would drag performance down too far.

Still, sorry if we've been spam heavy the past week. Tightening the noose on the sleaze even tighter. Thankfully I've got certain triggers set up in SMF's error logs now that messages me when something fishy happens.

Hard to spend time on though when I've got three paying clients I'm working on at once.
Title: Re: Mass IP bans
Post by: coothead on 7 Jun 2020, 09:55:35 am
Hi there Jason,

Hard to spend time on though when I've got three paying clients I'm working on at once.

Would it be possible for posts, reported by members,  to be immediately hidden from
general forum view until you or other moderators have the opportunity to permanently
remove them if they are considered to be unworthy of this august forum?

Title: Re: Mass IP bans
Post by: fgm on 22 Jun 2020, 06:06:08 am
I suggest adding rel="nofollow" to website URL in the profile since dofollow links seems to be more valuable for spammers (it also makes sense for these links to be nofollow). Or, even better, only allow to add this link to users with a number of messages.

There are lots of users that just created an account to drop a link to their site:;u=5064;u=4306;u=5113