If we do our job right, most members here will have no idea how much spam we fight here every day. Normally it's not too much, just a dozen members who have spam links in their profile. But over the last week, DIY Drones, like most of the other networks hosted on the Ning platform, has been hit by the biggest botnet attack we've ever seen, with hundreds of fake member accounts being created every day to post Canadian pharmaceutical ads. The graph above, from this article, shows the rise of these botnet attacks in recent weeks.

The reason members shouldn't know anything about this is because of the heroic work of your 30 administrators and moderators, who have been manually banning these accounts and deleting the posts before they're published (that's why we moderate all posts). The posts can come at the rate of dozens per hour, so this is a big job; I just wanted to publicly thank the moderators, especially Morli and Thomas Coyle for their tireless work in fending off these bots.

Just to give you and idea of what they're dealing with, here is about 30 minute's worth of banned members from today (don't worry; I'm not invading anyone's privacy--those are all bots):

The good news is that Ning is putting in place measures to stop this. Every time we ban a member for spam, that information is propagated throughout the Ning system (they have more than a million network like DIY Drones) and if an account is banned on one network, it will be banned on all of them. But we're up against a botnet of millions of zombie PCs, so sometimes the bad guys get ahead.

Ning just posted the new tactics it will be putting in place to turn the tide: "We have the initial captcha for first time posters now and will be adding a temporary suspension too." Hopefully, this will start to take effect soon and our moderators can take a break. Until then, a huge thanks!

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Comment by Alex on March 10, 2010 at 2:22am
I am on this side each day and would like to off my help in the fight against spam! If you require any more people to help just let me know.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on March 10, 2010 at 2:35am
Wow and just as soon as I do that, theres another scam here, I have removed the member that is leaving comments for everybody, as lovely as she may be!! Its Nings time to be attacked. I am guessing the comments will stay on the left of the page until more activity has happened.
Comment by Ahmed on March 10, 2010 at 3:55am
first I would like to thank everyone who is fighting the spam over here keeping this website clean.

second, if you guys need help, I am in.

Comment by Sami Finnila on March 10, 2010 at 7:07am
I'd be more than glad to help as well.. I'm not the most frequent poster but I do visit DIYdrones several times a day so going through some spam wouldn't change a thing.
Comment by Ron Jacobs on March 10, 2010 at 7:16am
Canadians, Eh! Let me get to work. I'll go kick down their Igloo! LOL

They should get a hobby like Curling instead Spamming.
Comment by Ron Jacobs on March 10, 2010 at 7:17am
FYI, I am Canadian...so I'm allowed to kick down Igloos.
Comment by Ron Jacobs on March 10, 2010 at 7:22am
Do I just Suspend Member or Suspend Member for SPAM?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on March 10, 2010 at 8:36am
Alex, Ahmed, and Sami, you're all promoted!

Ron, "Suspend for SPAM"

Comment by Mark Colwell on March 10, 2010 at 9:07am
I may write a script to kill these idiot bots, taking too much time to kill this spam crap, maybe it could block their IP address...
Comment by Joel Ryan on March 10, 2010 at 9:17am
thats a good idea, don't just ban the account, but ban the IP


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