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Big increase in number of bogus signups, apparently from scripts at other hosts


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Is anyone else experiencing or seeing an increase in bogus account creations this past month?


I'm see a distributed account creation botnet or network of sites creating bogus WHMCS signups, with seemingly legitimate information.


I can tell these are bogus due to the IP's using web hosting servers at other web host IP's, AWS cloud, etc. (and not ISP / web browser connections).


Any thoughts regarding this?

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Just creating accounts.

Then orders placed from hosting company IP's (php scripts on hacked accounts apparently).



And my create account form does use the default:

Spam Bot Verification

Please enter the characters you see in the image below into the text box provided. This is required to prevent automated submissions.

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It's really more annoying than anything currently.

Since new customer signups are not auto provisioned order wise, I'm not losing any money.


But my real fear is that hackers are creating bogus accounts such that one day when WHMCS is hacked (just a matter of time) and hackers have live accounts on a site, they will have potentially thousands of accounts at different hosts ready for action and exploitation.


The email verification addons I'm seeing do look like they'll cut down on a lot of bogus signups. HTB Email Verification and Security Plus+ appear to be the most full featured in this regard.

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I noticed the same thing. The registrations started about 2 weeks ago. The default captcha was enabled, but it seems that's no good enough to stop automated scripts. To try to help that, I've enabled Google reCaptcha. Now I'm waiting to see if it that will help.

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