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Dec. 4 through Dec. 8 2014 massive spam attack

Posted: Tue Dec 09, 2014 5:06 pm
by BillMorrow
From about Dec. 4, 2014 and ongoing to about Dec. 8 2014 there was and will continue to be, from time to time, mass spam attempts on the web site..

this is usually evidenced by the GUEST users on line going over the more or less usual number of 75..
when this happens, these hundreds of guests are trying to register as a new forum member multiple times which will cause MySQL to be overwhelmed with requests which take some finite amount of time to dispose of..
thus one "guest" attempting to register, over and over, within a minute will generate an error message rather than serve up the web page another forum member is requesting..

I have tightened up some of the criteria so we shall see if this cuts these attacks down..