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BotScout Discussion / Bot report
« on: January 06, 2010, 03:28:29 AM »
Email: svchostiks@mail.ru
Username: svchostiks

BotScout Discussion / Re: Bot report
« on: December 02, 2009, 05:46:29 AM »
Incidentally, I've now implemented SURBL support in my plugin, so it will be interesting to see how that goes.  Only problem is that I've got to wait for a spammer to manage to get through all the other checks...  ;D

BotScout Discussion / Re: Bot report
« on: December 02, 2009, 05:43:49 AM »
It also could result in unnecessary waiting time for those that use your forums.

The waiting time is the issue I want to minimise.  Currently, my checks will generally complete within a second.  However, if a site is unavailable there will be a five second delay per site (so maximum of fifteen seconds currently).

DNS based blocklists are generally quicker, so I prefer them.  False positives I am not concerned about - I ensure that the users are told why they were blocked and where they are listed (with a link to check if appropriate).  It is then up to them to either contact me to enable access, or sort out the reason that they are blocked in the first place.

BotScout Discussion / Re: Bot report
« on: December 01, 2009, 11:26:52 AM »
I have many legitimate users from .ru domains, so a blanket ban is not an option.

My thoughts on extending my plugin next is with SURBL analysis.  The problem with simply adding lots of bot lists is the time taken for the registration to complete - especially if one of the services is down (which happened to Botscout earlier, according to my logs).  I would like to think that using Botscout and StopForumSpam should cover most - though may add ProjectHoneyPot too.

SURBL is DNS based, which should be much quicker.  The only problem is that the message needs to be analysed and broken down before submission.  However, I have just successfully implemented this in email antispam software and the results are impressive - my inbox is clear of spam (and I deliberately have a couple of accounts that collect spam).

Another service I may look into is Akismet - but that one is mainly aimed at comments, not sure if it applies to forums as well.

My rewritten plugin is now object based, and I have moved all the antispam stuff into one class - and also internationalised it (it will support any language now, so long as someone provides a translation!).  The main advantage of this is that it can very easily be plugged into any environment.  It is also very easy to manage and update, and in the case of updates only the antispam class itself should need updating.

BotScout Discussion / Re: Bot report
« on: December 01, 2009, 10:48:28 AM »


lol, I've seen that before.  There are a couple of crucial checks missing still ;)

BotScout Discussion / Re: Bot report
« on: December 01, 2009, 10:31:44 AM »
And damn it, that's two bots through in two days - after months of lovely spam-free existence!

Looks like I'll be upgrading my plugin again.  >:(

BotScout Discussion / Bot report
« on: December 01, 2009, 10:30:42 AM »
Email: nsdlijxcsdsfrfd@mail.ru
Username: Nexiumikus

BotScout Discussion / Re: Tags returned in Botscout Query?
« on: December 01, 2009, 05:44:49 AM »
Maybe one solution would be to have a slightly different link for evaluation (e.g. instead of multi, use multitest) - this way any evaluations would work correctly in flawed browsers ( ;)) and standard query responses would be nice and small.  :)

BotScout Discussion / Tags returned in Botscout Query?
« on: November 30, 2009, 04:37:47 PM »
I've just noticed that there is a load of whitespace and then a couple of spurious tags returned in the standard Botscout API query (e.g. http://botscout.com/test/?multi&mail=email@email.com&ip=

There's a <pre> and a <br /> at the end of the response.  Is there a reason for this?  Could they go away?  :)  Just trying to tidy my log files - I can write some code to strip it, but thought I'd ask here first as the tags seem out of place anyway?  The tags and the whitespace increase the response length by several multiples - again not an issue, but as queries increase you'd notice a huge bandwidth saving by just returning the result.

BotScout Discussion / API Key Extension
« on: November 23, 2009, 05:13:50 AM »

Would it be possible to have my API key limit extended temporarily please?  The reason is that I am testing the new release of my Joomla Registration Validator plugin, and it is quite possible I will hit the daily limit as I use the same key on my test site as on my main site.  I will have finished the testing within a few days.

Once the new plugin is released, I'll also be releasing the antispam object I have written for use with it.  The antispam object incorporates numerous antispam/bot checks and can easily be incorporated into other scripts.  It does of course include the Botscout check!



BotScout Discussion / Re: Joomla plugin code now available
« on: September 15, 2009, 05:13:58 AM »
Just to let you know, my Joomla plugin that incorporates Botscout check is now up to v1.1.7.  It incorporates a few updates, most notably working with several more Joomla modules (and more will be added on request!).  Also incorporates basic anti-spam for contact forms (rejects URLs).  Of course, the Botscout check is still there, though no updates for that one (it just works!  ;D).

BotScout Discussion / Re: Joomla plugin code now available
« on: June 29, 2009, 01:17:27 AM »
I'm glad it's working for you  :)

Since writing and releasing the update, I have removed all captcha from my own site and am just relying on Botscout and Undisposable to filter out unwanted registrations.  I am pleased to say that I have still yet to have a Bot/spam registration for more than a week, which is great - I hate captcha anyway.

My plugins are already listed on JED, with Registration Validator being here: http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/access-&-security/authentication/7319/details

BotScout Discussion / Re: Joomla plugin code now available
« on: June 20, 2009, 01:30:03 PM »
Just to let you know, the full Joomla plugin is now available - which gives many options for validating registrations, including of course Botscout.

Thanks for providing the bot database  :)

BotScout Discussion / Re: BotScout for Joomla 1.5.11
« on: June 19, 2009, 09:44:47 AM »
I've only just come across Botscout, and am about to incorporate it into my Joomla site.  I have written a plugin already that uses undisposable.net to verify email addresses.  I will be releasing an update this weekend that includes a Botscout check as well.  It is much easier to add this to a Joomla plugin than start to hack the core files (which will be broken on an update).

Download location for the existing plugin: http://www.cedit.biz/joomla-extensions/22-block-disposable-email-addresses.html

The new version will be at the same place at some point over the weekend, so you'll easily be able to verify your registrations against Botscout.

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