I'm getting hammered by spam requests. I allow guest comments that require pending and got over 20,000 of them in a very short space of time. 99% are from Ukraine or China. To bypass this I have used my
.htaccess file to completely block all IPs from China, Ukraine and Russia. The problem I have now is that these IPs also seem to be blocking users from Italy and I've seen a few blocked IPs from France.
The IP getting blocked is not in my
.htaccess file. There are a few rules that block IPs within a range, but the IPs that are getting blocked arent even in the first 3 blocks.
e.g. The ip getting blocked might be 123.123.321.321. There are no IPs in my
.htaccess file that start with 123.123.321, so I don't see why these are getting blocked. I ran some tools and have confirmed (using proxys) that at least Italy is getting blocked.
I am worried now that if I were able to find 2 blocked countries in a few hours, how many others are being blocked.
What's the best way around this?
I ran a test using http://cloudmonitor.ca.com/en/checkit.php All passed except for Padova and Hong Kong which both got access denied. The IP range for Italy should be this
http://www.tcpiputils.com/browse/ip-address/18.104.22.168-22.214.171.124. The closest match in my
.htaccess file is this
There shouldn't be a conflict here, so I'm really confused