[MediaWiki-l] Spambots and CPU usage

Henny Savenije webmaster at henny-savenije.pe.kr
Fri Mar 29 04:17:23 UTC 2013

Try this one


At 10:32 PM 3/28/2013 Thursday -0500, you wrote:
>Some spam bots specifically target wikis (edit/create page and then 
>enter data). I don't have problems with spammers actually getting 
>through and submitting spam. The anti-spam is strong enough to stop 
>that from happening. The problem is that they still use CPU and ram. 
>I know about Fail2ban but I haven't tried it yet. Here's one idea: 
>If a certain IP address fails the captchas a specified number of 
>times in 5 minutes or so, it should be banned temporarily for say, 
>24 hours (through htaccess or firewall etc). This would keep that IP 
>address from using up CPU for some time and reduce overall CPU. 
>Anyone who has already implemented something like this? 
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