[7.5.7+] Stop Forum Spam - Login Detection

Requirements:
Valid UBB.Threads 7.5.7 install and license (note, this will run on previous builds, but you'll need to apply the Stop Forum Spam modification beforehand).

About:
It occurred to me one night, while working on a client site, that spammers weren't just the "drive by" variety anymore (whereby they sign up, spam, and go on); in today's world we see an increasing number of "sleeper" spammers (whereby someone registers, they wait a while, and then spam). It hit me that when they register, they're a legit "no spam" user in spam databases, but when they begin their trouble they already have bypassed registration checks through any multitude of software packages.

I then decided to revisit my original Stop Forum Spam modification and look at the template mod for the registration check and apply the settings to the UBB.Threads login screen; as, since they're already registered and seemingly "legit", the login check would validate them every time they attempt to login; thus if they're now listed as a spammer, they can't login and, well, spam.


Notice: If you're having problems with API timeouts ("Unable to Connect to Stop Forum Spam Database" error) you can adjust the API URL in login.tpl to use:
Code
$xml_string = @file_get_contents("http://api.stopforumspam.org/api?ip=". $_SERVER["REMOTE_ADDR"]);


Versus the default:
Code
$xml_string = @file_get_contents("http://www.stopforumspam.com/api?ip=". $_SERVER["REMOTE_ADDR"]);

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Posted on September 9th, 2014
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