[TheThinkTank] Bike Collective Wiki is under attack and we need your help.

Godwin ! goodgodwin at hotmail.com
Mon Apr 25 12:08:08 PDT 2011


http://www.allspammedup.com/2011/01/google-recaptcha-cracked/
I would suggest moving to a different type of captcha or another type of authentication altogether. Computers are getting smarter, any system will be cracked someday but Wikipedia is still using a basic captcha and doesn't seem to be having any major problems (at least that I've heard of).
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> From: michael.john.kirk at gmail.com
> Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2011 11:54:39 -0700
> To: thethinktank at lists.bikecollectives.org
> Subject: Re: [TheThinkTank] Bike Collective Wiki is under attack and we need your help.
> 
> Unfortunately, Captcha, or any similarly themed 'human check', breaks
> down when labor is so cheap in some parts of the world that it become
> economical to pay human beings to type in captchas all day. :(
> 
> We have this on our internal wiki:
> 
> ====
> What?! You don't have an account!?
> Don't worry! Any existing user can create an account for you.
> Just ask them to log in and fill out [[this user registration form]]
> for you. If you're shy, you can ask it at bicyclekitchen.com
> ====
> 
> This takes some of the burden off of the moderators, but might be
> prohibitively non-inclusive for the think tank.
> 
> M
> 
> On Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 11:18 AM, Jonathan Morrison
> <jonathan.morrison at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Rich Points at Community Cycles (Boulder, CO, USA) has complete control of
> > the bikecollectives.org and bikebike.org domain names and hosting.  However,
> > the wiki has been under serious attacks from spammers
> > (http://www.bikecollectives.org/wiki/index.php?title=Special:RecentChanges&limit=500),
> > so he needs your help to come up with solutions.  Specifically?
> > We need a MediaWiki security solution that still keeps the wiki easy to
> > contribute, but keeps most of the spammers at bay and doesn't burn out the
> > moderators.  So far we have implemented ReCaptcha and email validation
> > requirements on user creation, but it appears even those are being thwarted.
> > Sincerely,
> >
> > Jonathan Morrison
> > c: 801-688-0183
> >
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