[MediaWiki-l] Off topic: Wiki spammer is using spoofed IP addresses???
arcane at live.com
Fri Oct 24 20:34:31 UTC 2014
Spammers might be using something similar to the IPfuck Firefox/Chrome extension, which fakes an IP address instead of allowing the real IP to be recorded, not sure how we can defend against that sort of thing at present.
> Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:25:42 -0400
> From: phoenixoverride at gmail.com
> To: alj62888 at yahoo.com; mediawiki-l at lists.wikimedia.org
> Subject: Re: [MediaWiki-l] Off topic: Wiki spammer is using spoofed IP addresses???
> The IP address belongs to CANTV Servicios which I have seen a LOT of spam
> from recently
> On Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 3:25 PM, Al <alj62888 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > I am surprised to see that a spammer is spoofing his IP address. I got
> > some spam from 18.104.22.168 - "226" is out of range for IPs and so isn't
> > even a valid IP address. I confirmed that the number is not a wiki
> > username and the apache log shows the same IP. It appears maybe the
> > spammer's script has a bug and not range-checking the generated numbers
> > which made it obvious that the IP is spoofed; otherwise I would have never
> > noticed.
> > I thought IP spoofing was a fairly sophisticated tactic and didn't expect
> > to see a common wiki spammer using it, or am I wrong? I'm also surprised
> > apache even allowed the connection, much less the Amazon AWS firewall. Am
> > I missing something?
> > Al
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