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Tuesday 11 May 2004

Shoutbox Spam and the red hot poker

I was on the verge of taking the Shoutbox off the site. I was.

A good 75% of all the posts it received were not so subtle links to sites that professed to offer pictorial representations of acts that were illegal, immoral, degrading or downright sick. Most would probably be all 4. As fast as they'd post them, I'd delete them but that didn't deter these little toads.

So I put a trace on their IP addresses. Once I'd got enough info, I paid an Internet detective to discover their home addresses. Then I sent round some extremely big blokes to shove a red hot poker up their arses until they saw the error of their ways.

Actually, I completely failed to achieve that goal. I have however edited the PHP in line with a tip from Oscar F Hills that should exclude posts linking to such sites.

Nice one Oscar.

May 11, 2004 11:34 AM | Weblogging

6 Comments

Thanks. The same thing was happening to me, and after indulging thoughts similar to the ones you mention above, I I decided to settle for tweaking the code. A sort of digital red hot poker. We'll see if it works!

Good to know. I've been fortunate enough to not have the spammers hit mine, but if they do, I'll be ready.

theaardvark,

I'm curious to know whether you weren't catching my site because you didn't know I had a site feed up, or are you referring to way back when I didn't have a site feed up (i put a link up once blogger offered it as a standard free feature..)

Visit http://forums.webfroot.co.nz/index.php?showforum=2 for the Webfroot shoutbox forum. You might find something else of value... :)

Hi,
I seem to have cured our shoutbox spam problem I changed

<form method="POST" action="shout.php">

to:
<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript">
document.write('<form method="PO');
document.write('ST" action="boogle/b');
document.write('ugle.php">');
</script>
<noscript>
Ya need Java Script enabled in order to Scream!!!
</noscript>

i.e. Changed the php filename so the old one wouldn't work and hid the new file name by breaking it up and using document.write()

Hope this helps someone else.

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