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unpublished contact form is being filled out by bots on mutiple site

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I'm having an issue with unpublished contact forms being filled out by bots on multiple sites. Below are a few messages being returned to the server. All installations are running the latest Page Builder and Joomla versions. Whats the best remedy for this. Thanks for your help in advance.

This message was created automatically by mail delivery software.

A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its
recipients. This is a permanent error. The following address(es) failed:

[email protected]
all hosts for 'example.com' have been failing for a long time (and retry time not reached)



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Endocrine Associates <[email protected]>
To: [email protected]
Cc:
Bcc:
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2019 10:43:33 +0000
Subject: Endocrine Associates: u_yv34zv8eg_uОказывается, склады ломятся от зерна
This is an enquiry email via http://endomclean.com/ from:
asg <[email protected]>

Повседневная практика показывает, что понимание сути ресурсосберегающих технологий создает предпосылки для стандартных подходов
https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0350/5501/8011/files/yfvcWAwK4.pdf

This message was created automatically by mail delivery software.

A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its
recipients. This is a permanent error. The following address(es) failed:

[email protected]
all hosts for 'example.com' have been failing for a long time (and retry time not reached)



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Cycle Laurel Highlands <[email protected]>
To: [email protected]
Cc:
Bcc:
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2019 09:56:23 +0000
Subject: Cycle Laurel Highlands: u_3jcrjac_uНа двадцатом съезде партии прозвучало поразительное заявление: убежденность некоторых оппонентов стала доступной ширнармассам
This is an enquiry email via http://cyclelaurelhighlands.com/ from:
asg <[email protected]>

Стремящиеся вытеснить традиционное производство, нанотехнологии подвергнуты целой серии независимых исследований
https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0350/5501/8011/files/QVEuF3K.pdf

This message was created automatically by mail delivery software.

A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its
recipients. This is a permanent error. The following address(es) failed:

[email protected]
retry timeout exceeded


This message was created automatically by mail delivery software.

A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its
recipients. This is a permanent error. The following address(es) failed:

[email protected]
all hosts for 'example.com' have been failing for a long time (and retry time not reached)



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Red Ocean Blue <[email protected]>
To: [email protected]
Cc:
Bcc:
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2019 02:42:24 +0000
Subject: Red Ocean Blue | ES E-mini Day Trading Trade Room | ES | ESMini | E-mini | S&P500 | Futures | Day Trader | SPX | Trade SPX | E-mini | Trade Room | How to trade the E-mini | How to trade futures | : u_2l3t3_uНезависимые СМИ потому и независимы, что ночь оказалась долгой
This is an enquiry email via https://redoceanblue.com/ from:
osl <[email protected]>

В своем стремлении повысить качество жизни, они забывают, что перспективное планирование предполагает независимые способы реализации системы обучения кадров, соответствующей насущным потребностям
https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0350/5501/8011/files/RYRAy.pdf

This message was created automatically by mail delivery software.

A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its
recipients. This is a permanent error. The following address(es) failed:

[email protected]
all hosts for 'example.com' have been failing for a long time (and retry time not reached)



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: United For Metals <[email protected]>
To: [email protected]
Cc:
Bcc:
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2019 01:40:48 +0000
Subject: United For Metals: u_va1hjk72o_uСознание наших соотечественников не замутнено пропагандой!
This is an enquiry email via https://unitedformetals.net/ from:
osl <[email protected]>

Идейные соображения высшего порядка, а также укрепление и развитие внутренней структуры является качественно новой ступенью соответствующих условий активизации
https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0350/5501/8011/files/1D0LKEaB2.pdf

4 Answers

Paul Frankowski - Staff

More than a month ago #Permalink
Hi,
1) If addon is not published, the front-end code with form doesn't exist, is not generated.
2) This Russian spam can be sent in another way.
For sure:
a) enable repachta for all forms
b) install IP filters/firewall, and block Russia IP etc.
c) Ask hosting support for help to identify the source of the leak

John Wolffe

More than a month ago #Permalink
Thanks Paul, Question with page builder if you have a sample page not connected to a menu item is that still considered published on the front end?

Paul Frankowski - Staff

More than a month ago #Permalink
Only if someone knows page ID can make the preview.
My suggestions are:
a) Install SP Page Builder 3.5 (today) and set invisible-recaptcha for all contact forms used in pages.
b) OR remove contact addon from pages which you do not use.

John Wolffe

More than a month ago #Permalink
Thanks Paul, Will do. As always your direction is much appreciated.
John


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