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I manage 3 forums using phpBB and over the last month or two the spam account registrations has gone through the roof (on all 3 boards). I have two mods installed to stop the auto-bots and URL posting but still they come.
Are there any other mods you have used to stop automated registrations? Captcha doesn't seem to work and my "no profile info" registration mod is failing also.
But if you've got the more recent text one already it could be that it's being broken by people paid small amounts to fill them in, people in the third world, for instance.
Have you disabled your member list so that it's not viewable to guests, and disallowed signatures from members who haven't made many posts?
The trouble is, PhpBB is always going to be targeted for spam registrations because of its popularity. The real answer is to move your board to software that makes it easy to remove footprints such as the "powered by" text and other tell-tale signs. Once you move off the beaten track by customising software your spam problem will be greatly reduced.
If it is being done by people (or bots) they don't get far as you can't post URL's until ten posts and seven days membership has been achieved. Its just irritating to have all these fake spam accounts and very time consuming to delete them all individually.
Yes, all the usual steps have been taken, memberlist gone, websites and sigs banned, "powered by" removed.
phpbb3 does take a lot of other measures to deter the spammers, by default the memberlist, profiles and I'm pretty sure signatures are hidden from guests. So that only leaves posting as a way to get a link posted.
If you're still running phpbb2 one of the question mods should stop them dead, did for me. There's a big thread on phpbb.com with a list of all the anti-spam mods and ways to stop them.