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[resolved] Spam still coming through into my comments. (4 posts)

  1. garymgordon
    Member
    Posted 4 months ago #

    Hi.

    I was just looking for your advice and thoughts as to why, while using WP Simple Firewall, I seem to still be getting spam comments coming through.

    See:
    http://www.thisweekwithkate.com/bullshit/coach-handbags-a-word-of-caution/

    I'm not sure if the spam was actually entered by someone (who waited the 15 seconds .. and someone who clicked off the "required" box, .. and that's what I guess I'm asking.

    Is it possible, that someone could have by passed the system (on the backend) .. maybe with some type of hack to get past the security? Or do you think it "must have been" an actual person .. and that they waiting the required time and clicked the checkbox?

    I've gotten a few of these over the past week or so.

    I know we can't stop someone (real) .. meaning a person .. from submitting crap, but I just wanted your thoughts as to if the recent spam I've gotten on this site, could have hacked in somehow, to by pass the requirements set in WP Simple Firewall?

    What do you think?
    Gary

    https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-simple-firewall/

  2. Paul G.
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 4 months ago #

    My feeling is that these are human spammers or you'd see a lot more of them.

    If they've found a way past this... (which is perfectly plausible as there's little to be done about it if someone reverse engineers what we've coded) then we'd probably start to see a lot more.

    If you're getting a few random posts like that - which I still get on some sites, it's likely a human. You could, for example, increase the wait time for commenting if it continues. This has the effect of at the least frustrating human comment spammers :)

    If it starts to increase dramatically, then it's a signed they've worked around it... then it's back to the drawing board :(

    Thanks for letting me know about this. Can you also check your sites to see that your spam comments count is increasing. This would indicate the plugin is doing its job right for the most part.

    Thanks!
    Paul.

  3. garymgordon
    Member
    Posted 4 months ago #

    Thanks boss. :-)
    Gary

  4. Paul G.
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 4 months ago #

    Pleasure! :D

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