[Haifux] Reporting forum spammers per IP

Baruch Siach baruch at tkos.co.il
Fri Sep 20 08:54:19 MSD 2013

Hi Eli,

On Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 05:24:45PM +0300, Eli Billauer wrote:
> I'm running a little phpBB forum, which is being bomarded by attempts to 
> submit
> spam posts. I've solved the core problem already (i.e. preventing the spamming
> itself and the flood of new users) down to zero, but I've noticed a huge amount
> of attempts -- I'm at ~800,000 hits per month, and it's not getting any better.
> It's quite easy to tell a spammer's IP watching the HTTP logs, so it's not a
> big deal to write a simple script and find the offending IPs, and block the
> worst of them individually. In fact, I've already done that.
> But now I want revenge: I'd like to make the spammers' hosting providers aware
> of their user activity. Is there any convention on how to automatically track
> down who should be contacted for each and every IP? Or maybe some database,
> where hosting providers are really looking?
> I expect some dozens of these every month. So an automated reporting method
> should be possible.

The easiest solutions, I guess, would be to grep the output of 'whois [IP 
address]' for 'abuse', and then send an message to that address. I doubt those 
messages would have any effect at all, though.


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