PSA: botsin.space, tor, etc 

Over the last few weeks, I've dealt with a large amount of DM spam being sent from this server out to other fediverse instances. Most of the spam has been for adult cam sites. managing the reports for this spam has taken up a lot of my time, and allowing the spam to be sent places undue burden on admins of other instances. i determined that a huge amount of this spam was coming from a small subset of IP addresses owned by the hosting company OVH 1/*

PSA: botsin.space, tor, etc 

As a professional sysadmin, I've been dealing with OVH almost since their inception and for most of that time it has been a source of a disproportionate amount of spam, server attacks, hacking attempts, and so on. What's more, I've experienced what amounts to criminal neglect when attempting to get them to deal with these sorts of issues.

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PSA: botsin.space, tor, etc 

This is something I've been dealing with for a long time, and knowing that OVH won't do anything about it, I decided to block their netblocks from the botsin.space server.

I did that last night. This morning I removed those blocks, when I realized that a few mastodon instances are on OVH. I don't want to break federation so I'm going to rewrite the block rules to hopefully allow federation while blocking the spam.

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PSA: botsin.space, tor, etc 

Meanwhile, I learned that a lot of Tor exit nodes are hosted on OVH. To be frank, your desire to maintain anonymity while viewing bots on the fediverse does not outweigh my needs to be a mentally healthy person. If I can find a way to allow Tor while blocking spam, I will do that, but I am not going to spend a lot of time on it because I don't expect it to be possible. I am truly sorry for any problems that causes. That said...

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PSA: botsin.space, tor, etc 

I am essentially left with three options:

1) Scan DMs for spam content
2) Block the IP range the content originates from
3) Shut down botsin.space

I will never do #1. I'd rather not do #3. That leaves #2

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PSA: botsin.space, tor, etc 

this whole thing sucks and is a huge weak spot in the fediverse right now

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PSA: botsin.space, tor, etc 

just to keep things interesting, while the traffic i'm dealing with comes from OVH, it does not appear to be using Tor

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