For a while I had a trick for fighting spam that worked. What I did was change the login slug every day then create a pseudologin page at the old slug to waste the spammers time. That worked until I couldn’t change it fast enough.
So I resorted to changing the slug every hour and creating tons of pseudopages. That also only worked ok for a short period.
My only other option was to stop users from registering all together. But I still get heavy traffic.
I noticed a trend where the spammers come from the following countries, Russia, China, USA, Germany, Ukraine and other Eastern Block countries. So my current technique is to block IP addresses from all countries except my own. Works like a charm which is perfect for me because my site is aimed at users from my country only.
If SPAM bots start to use proxy servers in my country I will contact the ISPs and have it blocked which is a lot easier to do when the ISP is in your country and has a reputation to uphold.
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