[Operators] Strange registrations

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at stpeter.im
Fri Mar 27 12:38:27 CDT 2009


I agree that we need good web-registration support. Does anyone have a
good set of pages for this (e.g., PHP)?

On 3/27/09 9:44 AM, chris johnston wrote:
> Is it a good idea to disallow registrations of users and force the use
> of a webpage form that has a human verification method (reCaptha)???? 
> Thus bot registrations would have to pass the human verification method
> of a webpage.
> 
> It seems like the in-band registration capabilities of XMPP are going to
> be targeted by bots heavily and there are no strong methods intergrated
> into major xmpp servers nor clients that stop this issue.
> 
> I do know ejabberd is working on suppressing SPAM via Group chats using
> XEP-0158 *CAPTCHA* Forms <http://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0158.html#muc>
> 
> Although untill jabber clients support XEP-0158 for in-band user
> registration I suggest all operators with public servers move to
> registration via html form with human verification.
> 
> -Chris
> 
> 
> On Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 11:03 AM, Clemens Fries <xmpp at xenoworld.de
> <mailto:xmpp at xenoworld.de>> wrote:
> 
>     Hi!
> 
>     I, too, got a few of these registrations. I did a quick search for
>     some of the
>     names on the list and discovered that all the surnames used in the
>     nicknames
>     seem to originate from this list:
>      http://cns2.uni.edu/~okane/114/Physicians.txt
>     <http://cns2.uni.edu/%7Eokane/114/Physicians.txt>
> 
>     It may be interesting to hear of anyone got a nickname with a
>     surname that is
>     not on that list. I got only positive matches for the names you
>     provided and
>     for the seven names I had at hand.
> 
>     Might help to single out the 'bad' users. The first names seem to
>     come from a
>     different list ─ there are multiple results if you google for some
>     of the more
>     exotic names.
> 
>     On Friday 27 March 2009 15:05:28 Michael Grigutsch wrote:
>     > Hi!
>     >
>     > It seems as if the registration bots have been improved to use more
>     > ordinary nicknames for the registration. I have some strange
>     registration
>     > the last days, always using $name_$name as nick, e.g. suzanna_taggart,
>     > evangeline_coldsmith, kendal_emrick...
>     >
>     > The accounts are not be used further after registration, some of
>     them were
>     > automatically deleted during daily maintenance as the user never
>     logs in.
>     >
>     > Anyone else noticed that registrations?
>     >
>     > Best regards
>     >
>     > /MiGri
> 

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