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Every night <snip> is spamming our server and loads are going through the roof halting all activity.
We block their IP and then the next night they are back with new IPs.
Any advice on how to stop this in a more automated fashion?
(apache 1.3x server with cpanel)
Thanks for any ideas!
[edited by: trillianjedi at 3:03 pm (utc) on Dec. 5, 2006]
[edit reason] No specifics please.... [/edit]
If they want you to go to a web site, check the URL carefully. Does it go to the site it claims to be? Use WHOIS to see if it really belongs to the company they are claiming to be. Check for affiliate codes in the URL. Do they want you to call a phone number? There are reverse-number directories.
If there's an affiliate code, contact the company and tell them that one of their affiliates is spamming.
If they've set-up a fake site using similar name, etc. also contact the company they are faking - their legal department has better resources than you do, and an interest in making them stop.
If there is a phone number, it is almost certainly the number to a third-party call center, 900-program operator, etc. They generally don't want the liability of being associated with spam, and can bring pressure on the spammer or even cut-off their phone service.