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Stop Spam - 2018

Thread began 6/18/2018 10:13 am by Steve | Last modified 7/16/2018 2:12 pm by Steve | 162 views | 5 replies


Stop Spam - 2018

re-Captcha from Google is no longer viable.
Honey Pots also fail.

These days there are applications like XRumer that spammers use to bypass our usual anti-spam code.
You can see from the attachment that reCaptcha was fully bypassed in sending this spam from one of our forms.

My latest attempt added a $_SESSION value on the sites home page and only submit the email sending and form submission IF the Session was present. But this causes issues if a linked page is used to enter the site and then the Contact form is used. And it does not work as the attached successful email / form submission was from a contact page that should have been secured by the session check.

Current screens on the email that went through are to make sure it's a page POST and the home page Session is present.
Next screen if the from email is fro, and address that ends in <- this actually works
Lastly the HoneyPot is that our comments field is not the actual comments field and if there is a value present do not allow passage.

<?php if ($_SERVER["REQUEST_METHOD"] == "POST" && isset($_SESSION['loadCount']))  { 

// post and session set from home page so do check
$emailCheck substr($_POST['email'], -8);
        if (
$emailCheck != "") {  
if($_POST['comments'] =='' ) { ?>
if ($_SERVER["REQUEST_METHOD"] == "POST")     {  //WA Universal Email
$Email = new WA_Email("waue_Contact_1");


Thinking those of us in the WA Community are not that large so we should be able to create a more unique environment that hacker programs would not catalog. Granted, I've seen the XRumer program noted as bypassing thousands of know form traps.

Next tests are breaking WA_Email.php or the email template pages using the $_SESSION values presence or not.

If anyone else has any working methods, please post them so we can all benefit. Especially those spams where people are contacting our Customers and noting how they would like to improve a websites SEO or Design.. That's getting personal when their trying to take away our Customers...

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