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Re: Advanced Guestbook Bot Spam

  • Subject: Re: Advanced Guestbook Bot Spam
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@schestowitz.com>
  • Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2005 04:49:37 +0100
  • Newsgroups: alt.www.webmaster
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / Manchester University
  • References: <DLKBbBR7Y51CFwKR@invalid.domain> <db8c52$2nv6$3@godfrey.mcc.ac.uk> <Xns9695D35D68683mattlindi2yourclothe@>
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Matt-the-Hoople wrote:

> after careful consideration, Roy Schestowitz wrote in alt.www.webmaster
>> bof wrote:
>>> My site's guestbook spam has gone from trickle to annoying recently.
>>> I'd assumed it was bots doing the sending as the spam is always sent
>>> twice. Anyone know how the bots find the form fields? I've tried
>>> entity coding out key words such as 'guest' and 'comment' but they
>>> still find the right fields; is it bots or people?
>>> MTIA
>> They probably hop directly onto the function which files the form when
>> you press submit. Therefore, changing the layout of the form will not
>> help. The URL name helps then spammers find targets as well as Web
>> searches for 'guestbook'. I don't know what Guestbook package you use,
>> but have a look at my notes:
>> http://www.schestowitz.com/Guestbook/Spam/
>> I used to get spammed every day. Ever since I made the transition 2
>> months ago, I haven't received any spam at all (neither did I receive
>> genuine entries because the page is embedded deep inside the site).
> Thanks for the URL, Roy.  A friend of mine is using advanced guestbook and
> having spam problems.  Hopefully this will straighten things out for her.

Make sure she ignores my tweaks and directly downloads the variant
(improvement/fix) of Advanced Guestbook. Carbonize sent it to me by E-mail.
It can simply replace the older installation and there are no apparent
inconsistencies involved in the upgrade.


Roy S. Schestowitz

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