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Tessil
Evil Vizir-Azem
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Joined: Apr 19, 2004
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Location: Lancaster, CA

PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 4:27 am    Post subject: Forum Bans

I've banned multiple networks (including several Class A netblocks from APNIC).

Link spam (also called blog spam or comment spam) is a form of spamming or spamdexing that recently became publicized most often when targeting weblogs (or blogs), but also affects wikis (where it is often called wikispam), guestbooks, and online discussion boards. Any web application that displays hyperlinks submitted by visitors or the referring URLs of web visitors may be a target.

Link spam will NOT be tolerated here!

Adding links that point to the spammer's web site increases the page rankings for the site in the search engine Google. An increased page rank means the spammer's commercial site would be listed ahead of other sites for certain Google searches, increasing the number of potential visitors and paying customers.

Link spamming originally appeared in internet guestbooks, where spammers repeatedly fill a guestbook with links to their own site and no relevant comment to increase search engine rankings. If an actual comment is given it is often just "cool page", "nice website", or keywords of the spammed link.

In early 2005 Google introduced an HTML attribute that disables the assignment of ranking credits for a particular link. This is a much easier solution that makes the improvised techniques above irrelevant:

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<a href="http://www.wiki.org/" rel="nofollow">Link</a>

The Dragonfly CMS that powers this board introduced the "nofollow" attribute shortly after its introduction by Google, so such spamming is unproductive. However, it is unfortunately still highly disruptive and requires that I manually prune out topics and replies that were placed for the purposes of link spamming.

Anonymous/Guest posting is a privilege I extend as a courtesy and convenience to guests and friends of the guild so that they may read and post without needing to register for the triviality of a single posting. I enjoy being able to have folks drop by and say "hi," and anything that removes barriers to that is A Good Thing in my mind. However, I will ban individuals or networks that abuse this service.

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Hamek
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Joined: Sep 08, 2004
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 2:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Forum Bans

Black holing is nice, doesnt it require the server sending the crap to time out for a reply? so, instead of blocking it, and immediately letting them know they arent welcome, make em wait to find out...... lemme know if im mistaken

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Tessil
Evil Vizir-Azem
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2005 5:38 am    Post subject: Re: Forum Bans

Hamek wrote:
Black holing is nice, doesnt it require the server sending the crap to time out for a reply?

Blackhole routing allows an administrator to route malicious traffic to a null interface, where it's essentially dropped. Let's say a large volume of traffic from a single network is flooding a critical Web server. A filter could route all traffic from the malicious network to the null interface. The downside of blackhole routing is that it is indescriminate - any legitimate traffic from the source network would be dropped as well.

Sinkhole routing is similar, except that the route filter will ensure that the attack traffic is sent to a valid IP address where it can be analyzed. A sinkhole tunnel is a variant that allows traffic to flow normally. Suspect traffic is routed along a path that is inspected by a sniffer on the sinkhole router, with the option of subsequently routing it to its next hop.

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so, instead of blocking it, and immediately letting them know they arent welcome, make em wait to find out...... lemme know if im mistaken

This is what's called a tarpit, and LaBrea is probably one of the first implementations of the technique. However, there are some serious considerations that come as a side-effect of language contained in the DMCA and related legislation that may make such techniques illegal to employ.

There is no case law regarding this particular issue; however, as is often the case, law is often a battle of attrition. Security researches don't have unlimited funds or resources to test the legal waters, especially when their personal liberty is at stake.

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