Fight Comment Spam, Ban IP's
Hey, just saw your interest in Akismet and IP addresses and there may be some linkup with the Worst Offenders plugin. See my first post about it and more recent release information here. The current version could quite easily subscribe to, and or publish/send IP spammer addresses with very little modification.
This does seem like an effecitve way to block spammers but having to search through 80000+ entries seems like it would bog down a high load system. What do you think?
Implement it using MySQL. You won't notice any performance penalties.
there are many duplicate entries in the list.
Thanks for letting me know. The problem is fixed. The duplicate entries will be eliminated in the next automated update.
I am currently working on a solution to avoid spam on our forum and found your site. I would be very interested in downloading your spammer ip list. At the moment it doesn’t seem to be available for download. Is there any other way of getting this list or will it be back up for download soon?
Thanks for contacting me and notifying me that the list is unavailable. The list is distributed via the Coral Content Distribution Network.
It seems that Coral is down at this point. You might consider writing to Coral to inquire why their service is down. When their service is up, the list will be available again.
If you know of any other distribution networks, please let me know. And I can determine whether to change the distribution network. Thanks.
Alex, that's pretty easy to do with an UNIX script. I wrote one pretty quickly just now for you to easily convert the new line delimited list to a comma separated list. Take a look at EOLtoCSV.sh (GPL).
You have IPs listed that already changed owners 2 years ago,
Hey, Julius. Thanks for pointing out the invalid IP's. That was a problem I fixed a long long time ago, which means there is a deeper problem that has developed. After looking at the logs, it appears that one of the extraction script hasn't ran after moving everything to the new host provider. That means the list that everyone has been downloading was like three months old.
I just fixed the problem and the list is now fresh. Except you probably won't seen any changes for another 12 to 24 hours, because the list is distributed via Coral Content Distribution Network. I appreciate you pointing out the issue to me. Otherwise, it might be another few months before I realize what's happening.
As for "You have IPs listed that already changed owners 2 years ago". I don't understand how that is relevant. If I just got a fresh spam from it recently, why does it matter if it changed owner 2 years ago? Please explain the issue to me. I'd love to solve any problem, if there is one.
hey there, thanks so much for this!!! you are a life saver really. Have a little trouble opening/using your script for converting the new line delimited list to a comma separated list, but wordpad is allready working on that by replacing them cubes fer comma's.
now if only I could think of a way to faster copy page all this into my ban-list on the forum...
just what I was looking for, I myself maintain a world countries IP blocklist in peerguardian format (so you can pick one and block the whole country), is your list able to be converted to this format? I like the online converter of bluetack (B.I.S.S. - Blocklist Converter)
keep up the good work!
Could you possibly show how to implement this list into MySQL? I'm having difficulty figuring that out. Thanks!
Would you mind if I offered it as a JSON web service where people can query an IP and get a response back to let others know if the IP is a spammer or not?
Thanks in advance
Sure thing, Alex. Just let us know when the service is up so we can all use it.
Sorry for the delay - been rather busy with other things.
Here is the API for checks
A response is returned in json like the following
or for a non blacklisted IP
Please note that the "ip" parameter is required else you get a response like ...
The is no usage limits currently but if it gets abused then I may well impose a mandatory limit and enforce people to register for a key to use the service.
In the future I will permit updates to the database also.
Hope this helps people and stops more spam.
That's great, Alex. I'm sure it will be very useful to many folks. Looking forward to trying it out myself.
thanks a lot for posting the ip spamlist. Is the daily diff file working? It seams to be empty most days. one other question, what time period are the records in the main file kept. there appear to be 30 million or so records
The current list (9th June) contains some borked addresses, such as 18.104.22.1681. I wonder if your list preparation software is misbehaving.
Thanks for notifying me. I'll have to look into it. Some of the IP's are scraped from proxy lists, so it's very possible that the system has scrapped invalid IP's that's on a proxy list.
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