TagMe!: Spam Attack

 

Introduction
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.

What happened?
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.

Temporary solution?
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.

What’s next?
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

Imran

Technical Manager at one of the market researcher company in KL who does blogging on his free time. Love cats very much. Always fascinated with new technology (as well as spending money on it)

6 Responses

  1. mata says:

    yes,..
    i’ts allready fixed
    thanks mre.. good job

    tell me how about tagme skin ? still in working ? just let me know about this.

  2. GraFiQuE says:

    I do like the features of TAG ME! .. but because of my laziness, prefer to stick to C-box, at the moment.

    Kowser update blog sebulan skali… eheheh.

  3. Imran says:

    mata: yeah. i have that skin pending for so long already. hope that i have strength to finish that in the nearest future. will let you know once ready 😉

    grafique: hehe.. sama here arr.. malas nak update blog selalu

  4. Anonymous says:

    my friend sent me a link to tagme and i clicked on it but didn’t create an account. now i am getting tons of spam when i never got any before. is there any way to stop this? do you store email addresses of people who have been invited to join? if so, i need to have mine removed immediately. please let me know and i will tell you what my email address is so that it can be removed. thanks

  5. Imran says:

    Hi anonymous. The registration page of tagme is long closed, and the page didn’t actually ask you to enter email at all. can you send me the link that you click, as you might be clicking links that are not from my sites.

  6. Anonymous says:

    i must have deleted that email since i can’t find it in my trash folder. thanks for you help anyway.

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