TagMe!: Spam Attack
TagMe! has been running without problem since the last downtime for the server migration in February 2006. That is quite an impresive record for TagMe! to run without problem for almost 3 years now.
I first received a report about TagMe! won’t be able to reply message on 25th October. Thanks to Mata and Marts for reporting that. But since I’m on leave for the past few days, I only able to look at the matter last night. Upon diagnosing the problem. I came to a suprise that TagMe! suffers a severe spam attack. I spent hours last night, cleaning approximately 50,000 spam messages. There is somehow a bot that’s been created to post a message to TagMe! on 10 secs interval. That makes TagMe! to run really slow, and the reply function not working.
What does this mean?
Well, there is good thing and bad thing here. The good thing is, does it mean that TagMe! is getting popular? Come to think of it, people won’t go into the hassle of creating spam sending bot to attack a non-popular tagboard. But the bad thing is, now I know that TagMe! is vulnerable to that kind of attack, and other people might be doing the same kind of attack again.
I detected that 2 TagMe! accounts have been targeted for spam attack. As temporary solution, those account has been disabled temporarily. I will personally send email to those 2 person explaining the problem.
Guess I need to start doing more R&D to my baby TagMe! again – anti spam feature. CAPTCHA is what I have in mind.
TagMe? Never heard of it. Tell me more!
I guess you can read all of the past entries about TagMe!, and you will know what it is