Online spam has been a plague upon Internet forums for years. Unscrupulous advertisers, malware distributors, and outright malcontents use scripts to pummel website form entries and user registrations with posts containing material which is destructive to the interests of the website.
Many of these spam attacks tend to originate from specific regions of the world. If a website determines that no members of its legitimate posting community reside in a country which is originating spam, then the website may benefit from denying registration or even site access from that country.
Using Country Ban, a website administrator can limit access to a website from spam heavy regions of the world. In this thesis, we explore the development of Country Ban and analyze its effectiveness using performance data collected through logging its execution on a publically accessible website. This thesis also includes a comparison with other popular methods of online spam prevention.
|Advisor:||Maples, Tracey Bradley|
|Commitee:||Englert, Burkhard, Gittleman, Art|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Computer Engineering and Computer Science|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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