Spammers and Joomla

Like most Joomla CMS installation Filipino Engineer is experiencing spam registration. One spam almost everyday.

I was actually wondering why the biggies in opensource CMS, like Joomla and Drupal don't have "CAPTCHA" as a built-in feature which could be turned off if not required.

CAPTCHA could deter spammers but not totally eliminate. On the down side, it distracts genuine visitors.

Rather than using a CAPTCHA, I tried to monitor registration. Spammers does not normally validates their registration. That is why, I posted their names on the website.

Lately I tried hacking Joomla core to add the IP Address of the spammers. Its just a very simple hack, it just took me less than an hour to make everything working.


In a couple of hours upon activation of the IP Monitor at the site, the first spammer caught was from Germany.

I will post the simple hack on my next post.

A Filipino Engineer, Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) - Australia and Professional Electrical Engineer (PEE) - Philippines with extensive experience in concept select, front-end engineering, HV & LV detail design, construction and commissioning of Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Area electrical installations in water and waste water pipeline and pumping facilities, offshore platforms, hydrocarbon process plants and pipelines including related facilities. Hazardous area classification and design certification (UEENEEM015B, UEENEEM016B, UEENEEM017B).