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  • If I rename wp-trackback.php, in an effort to keep spammers from finding it, will that totally break its functionality. I know I would have to rename other links to that file, could someone out line to me the steps I may need to take?

    The spammers are not getting past my anti-spam plug-ins, however, they are taking 20-50 connections per second of the database, and the database does not like that much.

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  • Install Bad Behavior. It’s pretty good at preventing them from ever hitting the site proper.

    Failing that, yes, renaming wp-trackback will break trackbacks entirely, if you want to stop them in the short term.

    I renamed wp-backtrack.php then scanned the whole of the WP code looking for references to it. Only two other files were affected, both in the wp-includes directory: comment-template.php (2 instances) and template-loader.php (3 instances). I edited these to match my new name. Since then I have not had any backtrack spam.

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