[MediaWiki-l] Off topic: Wiki spammer is using spoofed IP addresses???

Arcane 21 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 200.90.74.226 - "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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