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BotScout Discussion / FireHOL - firehol_level1
« Last post by Mike on September 11, 2015, 07:26:47 AM »
FireHOL is a project that combines several IP blacklists in order to create a more comprehensive list with (hopefully) fewer false positives.

About firehol_level1
This IP list is a composition of other IP list

The objective is to create a blacklist that can be safe enough to be used on all systems, with a firewall, to block access entirely, from and to its listed IPs.

The key prerequisite for this cause, is to have no false positives. All IPs listed should be bad and should be blocked, without exceptions.

To accomplish this, we include the following IP lists:

    fullbogons - the unroutable IPs
    spamhaus drop and edrop - Don't Route Or Peer IPs
    dshield - the top 20 attacking class-C
    malware lists - the Command and Control IPs

firehol_level1 is updated automatically every time any of its IP lists is updated. If you use FireHOL's update-ipsets.sh, you can just enable it and it will be composed directly from the individual lists, on your computer. Otherwise, you can download it from github.

BotScout Discussion / Re: BotScout module for Drupal
« Last post by MysteryFCM on July 03, 2015, 05:44:43 AM »
Nicely done dude, cheers! :)
BotScout Discussion / Re: BotScout module for Drupal
« Last post by Mike on July 02, 2015, 02:33:12 PM »
Outstanding work, Acetolyne, thank you!
BotScout Discussion / BotScout module for Drupal
« Last post by Acetolyne on July 02, 2015, 02:23:02 PM »
Hi I have updated the BotScout module for Drupal and I have just got approved and it has become a fully supported Drupal module. Get the latest download always at
All bug reports and feature requests should be done at the projects issue tracker so that they may be fixed faster. I do visit this forum here and there but keeping everything together in the bug tracker will help the development of the module. The issue tracker can be found at

Drupal 7x is the only supported version at this time, development for Drupal 8x has begun but is in early stages.

Hope you all enjoy this module, please let me know of any bugs or features you would like to see in future versions.
BotScout Discussion / Joomla users: jHackGuard Issues and Problems
« Last post by Mike on December 26, 2014, 10:55:20 AM »
You probably came to this page because you're using the jHackGuard plugin and are suddenly unable to access your site or login to it.


Entienda por favor: NO te estn bloqueando.
Ju lutem kuptoni: Ne nuk po bllokojm JU.
Խնդրում ենք հասկանալ ՄԵՆՔ ՉԵՆՔ ԱՐԳԵԼԱՓԱԿՈՒՄԸ ձեզ.
Mesedez ulertzeko: EZ duzu gara blokeatuz.
Калі ласка, зразумейце,: Мы не блакуе вас.
Molimo razumijem: Nismo blokirate.
Pochopte prosm: Jsme neblokuje VS.
Se il vous plat comprendre: NOUS NE SOMMES PAS VOUS blocage.
Bitte haben Sie Verstndnis: Wir sind nicht Sie blockiert.
कृपया समझते हैं: हम आपको अवरुद्ध नहीं कर रहे।
Vi preghiamo di comprendere: NON ti stanno bloccando.
Jekk jogħġbok jifhmu: WE ARE MHUX IBBLOKKAR INTI.
Proszę zrozumieć: my nie blokując dostęp.
Vă rugăm să nțelegeți: nu te blocheaza.
Пожалуйста, поймите,: Мы не блокирует вас.
Ni mste frst: VI R INTE blockerar dig.
Будь ласка, зрозумійте,: Ми не блокує вас.
Vennligst forst: Vi er ikke blokkerer deg.
Παρακαλούμε να κατανοήσετε: δεν είμαστε ΜΠΛΟΚ ΣΑΣ.

Be aware that the jHackGuard plugin has been found to have serious problems:

1) Upon installation it may lock users and admins out of the site, and

2) it returns an erroneous message when the site using it runs out of daily queries. This causes ALL registrations and logins to fail.

When this happens the plugin blocks ALL users and erroneously points them here to BotScout as the source of the problem.

If you've installed jHackGuard and are now having problems with your site, it's not us. It's the plugin.

Unfortunately, since we didn't write the plugin there's nothing we can do to resolve this problem.

Some users have been able to edit the Joomla database to bypass it and allow it to be uninstalled, others have had to resort to restoring the site from a backup.

Until the author corrects the plugin's behavior, you might want to uninstall it and/or use a different plugin.

One last thing- we'd really appreciate it if people would contact the author about this issue. You can do that here:



The BotScout Team
BotScout Discussion / BotScout for WordPress
« Last post by Mike on August 14, 2014, 03:25:42 PM »
Thanks to Jimmy from JimmysCode.com, a new plugin for screening comment spam in WordPress is now available:


Direct link at WordPress.org: BotScout Comment Protection

BotScout Discussion / BotScout and Cloudflare
« Last post by Mike on May 10, 2014, 10:14:40 AM »
A user sent in this note regarding using BotScout with Cloudflare:

To work behind cloudflare your general code needs to be updated as follows:

Code: [Select]
// get the IP address


For those who aren't familiar with Cloudflare, this is a description of their service:

"CloudFlare protects and accelerates any website online. Once your website is a part of the CloudFlare community, its web traffic is routed through our intelligent global network. We automatically optimize the delivery of your web pages so your visitors get the fastest page load times and best performance. We also block threats and limit abusive bots and crawlers from wasting your bandwidth and server resources. The result: CloudFlare-powered websites see a significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks."
BotScout Discussion / Re: Bots that just register not being caught?
« Last post by Mike on March 13, 2014, 07:05:55 AM »
We already do this. :)

I'm thinking there could be some "registration honeypots".  Heck, all I would have to do is to turn on self-registration on my site and disable all links to that page, and that's a honeypot.

Basically, set up something that looks like a real site but real people have no reason to register an account there.  The bots have profiles of every kind of site that can handle posts or comments, so they'll find the registration page and do their thing.  So, every single registration is a bot.

In fact, I'm a little surprised this sort of thing doesn't already exist.  The registrations alone from those bots are a problem, even if they can't post spam.
BotScout Discussion / Re: IP address of API server
« Last post by n2rga on October 20, 2013, 10:53:33 AM »
Thank You
BotScout Discussion / Re: IP address of API server
« Last post by Mike on October 20, 2013, 09:38:40 AM »
What is the IP address of the API Server to make sure my Firewall is not blocking it.

# ping botscout.com
PING botscout.com ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from quad1.bscout.com ( icmp_req=1 ttl=64 time=0.021 ms
64 bytes from quad1.bscout.com ( icmp_req=2 ttl=64 time=0.016 ms
64 bytes from quad1.bscout.com ( icmp_req=3 ttl=64 time=0.015 ms
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