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[resolved] [closed] Help! My site is once again beset my spam (66 posts)

  1. harouni
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Everything was working fine until just a few days ago, and once again my site is best by spam comments wanting my moderation. I've changed the Checkbox Name to no avail.

    Is anyone else experiencing an increase in spam again?

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/growmap-anti-spambot-plugin/

  2. khristal23
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    I am having the same problem and was just about to post, asking for some advice. Almost no spam for months and months and then the past few days I usually have at least eight spam comments in my moderation queue every time I log in.

  3. nutsandboltsmedia
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Same here. Suddenly the spam comments are absolutely out of control. I'm getting one every few minutes.

  4. SN0WKRASH
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Same here :-( I changed the checkbox name twice, and now I've deleted and re-installed the plugin - getting spam comments twice an hour

  5. nutsandboltsmedia
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    I installed Captcha on top of GASP and it seems to have stopped for the most part. That isn't a solution I want to use long term but for right now it's better than nothing.

  6. aptharsia
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Same here. For the longest time I received zero spam comments. Noticed the other day that I all of a sudden started getting some. Changed the checkbox name and still received spam.

  7. chriswhittle
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    me too

  8. James
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Same here also :'(

  9. khristal23
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Yep, changing the checkbox name has made no difference. The spam is still coming.

  10. SN0WKRASH
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    This started happening when I upgraded to WordPress 3.6

    Is it a coincidence? Did all of you upgrade too?

    I'm getting spam every few minutes now, too. My clients are losing their minds.

  11. harouni
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Yes. I also upgraded to 3.6
    Perhaps the plugin developer hasn't upgraded the plugin and now its broken with the update.
    Pity, because it worked really well too.

  12. SN0WKRASH
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Sadly, I had to move my clients back to akismet. I'll check this board on occasion to see if the plugin has been fixed or if the author has anything to say.

    Thanks

  13. James
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    @SNOWKRASH: Why back to Akismet, why not have both? I have always has Akismet installed in addition to this plugin, so what GASP misses Akismet picks up and vice versa. They are not exclusive and don't seem to interfere with each other, so why is it necessary to only have one?

    I have upgraded to WP 3.6 but not sure this is the cause, just coincidence I think. Someone suggested in might be a Javascript minification issue in the other thread, sounds plausible although I am yet to investigate further for my setup.

    Pity that there's not some counter that records how many spam comment submissions the GASP plugin intercepts. That way we would know whether it is catching 99% but we only see the few that get though, or whether it isn't actually working at all.

    Any thoughts or comments Mr Plugin Author please?

  14. saaraan
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    same issue, looks like problem started when I updated to wp 3.6. It was catching 100% spam i'm sure.

  15. SN0WKRASH
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    @James I would use only GASP with nothing else like I have been doing happily if it still worked. It's useless to me if it doesn't work anymore, and pairing it with anything else while it's no longer working isn't bringing any value to the table.

    The only thing I changed for my clients was to upgrade to WordPress 3.6 - 3 of my clients are actually not minifying javascript at the moment because it was causing problems with other things a couple of months ago, so I don't think it's a minification issue. Two of those clients are very bare-bones blogs with only two or three other plugins none of which they have in common.

    My concern is that it is either the upgrade that broke it, or that suddenly the minds behind these autobots have figured out a way to render the plugin useless. I don't think anything else could be the cause. I am hoping that it is the former - the upgrade that broke it and that the author can troubleshoot and post an update. I hope that the cause is not the latter.

  16. Scapido
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Just to add to the conversation, in the last 6 weeks I have been experiencing a dramatic increase in trackback spam and now, in the last week or so, comment spam.

    I have only just (i.e. today) upgraded to WP v3.6 so this was 'apparently' nothing to do with the upgrade as the spam is still coming.

    I was using an older version of G.A.S.P. but have also today installed the latest version (1.2) to see if that helped. It didn't, the spam is still coming in droves.

    Any input from Andy Bailey and the G.A.S.P. team would be appreciated.

  17. Kurpt
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Hi guys,

    I found a lightweight plugin called "Stop Spam Comments" that is working quite well in conjunction with Growmap on our sites. If you're in need of a quick and free solution to this spam problem, I would recommend it.

  18. Mike V
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Yes, I found the same - large influx of spam comments all of a sudden.

    I removed all other spam plugins since GASP was doing great, but now I am having go back and re-install Akismet.

    I don't know if GASP just stopped working,or the spammers found a way around it...

  19. doorsixteen
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Just joining the chorus to say GASP also seems to have stopped functioning for me and for everyone else I know who uses it. I went from 0-2 to 75+ spam comments daily. I've tried changing the checkbox name and I already had trackbacks turned off...no luck. The GASP plugin has been great up until now.

    I alerted Gail @GrowMap to the issue yesterday on Twitter, and she seemed to have no idea that this was going on. She's cc'd Andy @CommentLuv subsequently, so fingers crossed there's a plugin update soon.

  20. Andy Bailey
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 11 months ago #

    right, sorry everyone that you're experiencing spam again!

    it appears that the spammers have developed a way to read the name of the GASP checkbox and are submitting that along with their spam scripts..

    I just tried it with a test spam script and it worked which is very disappointing!

    I will work very hard on coming up with an improved way for GASP to work that is not readable by the spam scripts and hope that will help..

    for now, I can only suggest using it in combination with another anti spam plugin like akismet or captcha

    you only need to be listed on a 'spam me' site to get spammed by automated scripts that parse the page to scrape the URLs and then automated the spamming process to experience this... some spammers are even using multiple proxies

    unfortunately, the anti spam game is a catch up process.. you have to get spammed in a new way for anti-spam software to add functions to counter it..

    so sorry that you're all going through this, I will put my brain to work to do something..

  21. usera
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    what's a "spam me" site and how did we get on it? akismet pretty much fix the issue for me too but I loathe to enable it.

    I noticed all the spam that did get through has commentluv though.

  22. Andy Bailey
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 11 months ago #

    there is a beta version that you can try out here

    http://bit.ly/13ISCOp

    that adds a secret key that is used to add another check to the comment form.

    I tried it on my site last night and all the normal comments came through fine

    let me know how it goes for you at http://commentluv.zendesk.com

  23. snowballfighters
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    I get the following warnings when trying to save settings in the plug in. The settings do appear to save. Will monitor over next few days to see if this helps with my influx in spam.

    Warning: preg_replace() [function.preg-replace]: Compilation failed: unknown property name after \P or \p at offset 14 in /home3/xxxxxxxxx/public_html/wp-content/plugins/growmap-anti-spambot-plugin/growmap-anti-spambot-plugin.php on line 133

    Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home3/xxxxxxxxxx/public_html/wp-content/plugins/growmap-anti-spambot-plugin/growmap-anti-spambot-plugin.php:133) in /home3/xxxxxxxxxx/public_html/wp-includes/pluggable.php on line 875

  24. Andy Bailey
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 11 months ago #

    it looks like your php is not the correct version for the regex expression I used.

    I have updated it to use a simpler one and updated the plugin at the link, hopefully that will work for you snowballfighters

  25. snowballfighters
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Hi Andy - thanks for pointing that out. Looks like I need to investigate upgrading PHP version via my host.

    I've tried your new drop and it works fine now. I had zero spam over night too which is also much better. Will see what shape I'm in at the end of the week.

    Appreciate your support and prompt resolution to this issue. Many thanks.

  26. aptharsia
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    I tried the beta version of the link given and installed it. Had it installed yesterday, woke up to 50 spam comments from over night, which is about average since it stopped working.

  27. Andy Bailey
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 11 months ago #

    Oh dear aptharsia , sorry to hear that

    There must be a new vulnerability that spammers are taking advantage of

    I know I had to switch of access to xmlrpc on my site so perhaps people are using that to make comments?

    Unfortunately there's not much a plugin can do if that is the case unless the exact method that the spammers use is known

  28. GrowMap
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Andy, if you want to see examples of what GASP integrated with CommentLuv Premium is putting into spam versus what is getting through I have saved what I'm getting. Skype is the fastest way to reach me; username growmap.

  29. Andy Bailey
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 11 months ago #

    no need, they wouldn't make much difference if I couldn't see the referrer and other data.

  30. Dave
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    Andy,

    Apologies if I'm reading this thread wrong. But is there no hope of resolving this? Or are you still working on it?

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