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[ANSWERED] Guess the number of spammers stopped!

Postby tasadam » Tue 15 Jan, 2013 12:20 pm

Some of you may be aware that we have a script that prevents spammers from joining this site, if they have been entered at http://www.stopforumspam.com

I have a record of how many spammers this script has blocked since its introduction in early 2011.

This competition is just for fun, how many attempts by spammers have been stopped this year only by the script - that is, over the last 15 days?

Post your guesses below, I will put up the answer after a while later this week.

EDIT - Answer HERE.
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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped!

Postby Graham51 » Tue 15 Jan, 2013 1:38 pm

My work email is about 90% spam and is supposed to have filters that stop over 90% of the spam that comes. I reckon I average 5 spam messages per day so if 90% is stopped there must be 50 spam messages per day. Over 15 days that would be 750. Is that even close?
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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped!

Postby Nuts » Tue 15 Jan, 2013 1:45 pm

I could be wrong, I don't think there is any 'auto' spam like email. Spammers here need to go to the trouble of registering in the hope of being approved (almost as tedious as making sure they are not genuine.. some of them are tricky)
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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped!

Postby Strider » Tue 15 Jan, 2013 1:53 pm

5217 spammers
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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped!

Postby Pteropus » Tue 15 Jan, 2013 2:18 pm

After what Nuts said, I guess 40ish spammers in the last 15 days
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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped!

Postby tasadam » Tue 15 Jan, 2013 2:36 pm

Nuts wrote:Spammers here need to go to the trouble of registering in the hope of being approved (almost as tedious as making sure they are not genuine.. some of them are tricky)

This is true. Although there is almost certainly a program or script of some sort out there to assist spammers in keeping control of their email addresses - check this out - this is a list of email addresses from spammers that I have removed from the forum over the last (X) amount of time (no clues).

bgttfg@aol.com
fzmp336@gmail.com
oooytpyirytyyfhfhfhhfff@gmail.com
specialfootwear1@gmail.com
oksanamo@malihin.com
fitflopvgfda@gmail.com
lishishi520@gmail.com
fraser526@littlestpeopletoysfans.com
cadenceflower16@gmail.com
abobbyamitapyikkt@gmail.com
ahmadfarooq52@yahoo.com
0u7@sunglasssaleonlines.com
amximuscahvs@e-mail.com
lalala@mailhotmail.com
beb@ukhost-uk.co.uk
goxia@fasigula.name
qzazgxori_854@mail.com
mixas@malihin.com
nasyambicsmab@gmail.com
cheedagem@gmail.com
alabelpametty@gmail.com
reonecoenoropym@gmail.com
baangelasyanexty@ymail.com
entaitoensuse@lv-bags-outlet.com
jp9hdi4@sina.com
qu.ei.ohfsopdeu4589@126.com
garlaliasalecom@gmail.com
oopzgxyza_022@mail.com
svuzgxzzw_504@aol.com
pjqzgxflh_849@aol.com
vzxzgxzex_897@gmail.com
uppzgxisl_421@aol.com
bbwzgxufr_245@gmail.com
vbyzgxtsu_809@aol.com
etfzgxose_380@aol.com
kztzgxtdi_330@gmail.com
tspzgxgqa_975@gmail.com
qrazgxffm_613@gmail.com
abobbyamitapyikkt@gmail.com
jk7xbu2@sina.com
ulvzgxlrk_955@gmail.com
xthzgxuyo_769@mail.com
uvqzgxfdo_269@mail.com
xgczgxiow_018@aol.com
bwgzgxjsr_718@aol.com
pmzzgxabm_823@aol.com
ciyzgxoov_975@gmail.com
asuzgxvxb_556@gmail.com
cqzzgxjjw_749@aol.com
boczgxwkz_469@gmail.com
pwizgxvze_991@mail.com
ze7ek87xfy@gmail.com
daskaidennaav@aol.com
tfhththth@gmail.com
khfgghjhgjghghggghjhgff@gmail.com
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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped!

Postby FatCanyoner » Tue 15 Jan, 2013 3:07 pm

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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped!

Postby stepbystep » Tue 15 Jan, 2013 3:22 pm

43,612.5?
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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped!

Postby tasadam » Tue 15 Jan, 2013 3:27 pm

stepbystep wrote:43,612.5?

To the power of what?
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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped!

Postby doogs » Tue 15 Jan, 2013 4:40 pm

3?
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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped!

Postby frenchy_84 » Tue 15 Jan, 2013 4:48 pm

825
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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped!

Postby neilmny » Tue 15 Jan, 2013 4:53 pm

15000
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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped!

Postby Chief » Tue 15 Jan, 2013 5:55 pm

5 .
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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped!

Postby alanoutgear » Tue 15 Jan, 2013 9:20 pm

3.14159
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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped!

Postby shazcol » Wed 16 Jan, 2013 8:50 am

Zero - they are all automated 'bot' programs
If common sense is so common, why don't you see more of it?
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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped!

Postby tasadam » Wed 16 Jan, 2013 6:17 pm

alanoutgear wrote:3.14159

You win the Pie? But you're wrong.
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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped! [ENDING SOON]

Postby matagi » Wed 16 Jan, 2013 6:25 pm

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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped! [ENDING SOON]

Postby ILUVSWTAS » Wed 16 Jan, 2013 6:38 pm

2.

One's called Tasadam, the other Son of a beach
Nothing to see here.
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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped! [ENDING SOON]

Postby Nuts » Wed 16 Jan, 2013 6:56 pm

Is that right 8505 :P
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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped! [ENDING SOON]

Postby ILUVSWTAS » Wed 16 Jan, 2013 7:01 pm

6000 of them are in the game.

Whats your excuse 4307?? :roll:
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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped! [ENDING SOON]

Postby Nuts » Wed 16 Jan, 2013 7:06 pm

lol, i wonder myself sometimes
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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped! [ENDING SOON]

Postby ryantmalone » Thu 17 Jan, 2013 5:56 pm

Having run a PR 3 blog, close to 10k visits a month, I would get anywhere up to 1000 - 2000 spam attempts a week.

Being a forum that is in a nice niche, ill bet that a handful of link builders try and post spam links here for paid clients too.

having said that, I'd say anywhere up to the 20 - 30k mark would be a reasonable guesstimate, however anything up to 100k would not surprise me one bit.

And yes, that is for a fortnight. ;)
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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped! [ENDING SOON]

Postby blacksheep » Thu 17 Jan, 2013 6:07 pm

Tried spam once. Didn't like it. You still see it in supermarkets though...bur I bet no one admits it. Zero then, based on sound logic.
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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped! [ENDING SOON]

Postby ILUVSWTAS » Thu 17 Jan, 2013 6:13 pm

blacksheep wrote:Tried spam once. Didn't like it. You still see it in supermarkets though...bur I bet no one admits it. Zero then, based on sound logic.



LOL!

My grandmother gave me a can of spam as an xmas prezzie about 15 years ago.
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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped! [ENDING SOON]

Postby Turfa » Thu 17 Jan, 2013 6:21 pm

Wow... the stopforumspam site lists 41,000,000 known spammers.

So the correct answer should be 16,249 ! ;-)
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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped! [ENDING SOON]

Postby eggs » Thu 17 Jan, 2013 7:55 pm

1723
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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped! [ENDING SOON]

Postby Snowzone » Thu 17 Jan, 2013 9:21 pm

Its a bit like trying to count how many jelly beans are in the jar really, you guess a number but you know its probably going to be a lot more...

490?
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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped! [ENDING SOON]

Postby photohiker » Thu 17 Jan, 2013 9:49 pm

100,000

Someone had to go high :)

I ran a public facing email server for a national company over several years. The amount of attempted relays and spam hitting on our virtual front door per day was astronomical. With a bit of effort and regular fine tuning I managed to drop 99.999% of it into the bit bucket, the lucky employees were none the wiser.
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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped! [ENDING SOON]

Postby Son of a Beach » Fri 18 Jan, 2013 7:26 am

I think the email gateway devices we use here drops over 90% of mail that hits them as spam. After that about 90% of the mail that they allow through is from Facebook, I think. Pity they don't drop that as well.
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Re: Guess the number of spammers stopped! [ENDING SOON]

Postby Davo1 » Fri 18 Jan, 2013 10:51 am

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