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Comment Spam

I realized that I’m a bit spoiled by my comment spam filtering plugins. On this blog I use two tools that keep the robots out: Akismet and WPSpamFree. And before you say anything about discrimination about robots, let me just … Continue reading

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The Death of CAPTCHA

For a while now we knew that CAPTCHA‘s were becoming irrelevant. There were a great solution when they were first introduced, but I think that everyone knew that they are not going to be around for a long time. The … Continue reading

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Ambiguous One Liner Comments

Lately I started getting lots of odd one liner comments that usually look somewhat like this: Great post! I really enjoyed it! There are many variations, but the message is always the same – a generic praise that does not … Continue reading

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The “Part Time Job Offer” Scam

Since documenting various email scams such as the UK National Lottery Scam, and the Lady Rita Mosley Scam turned out to be really helpful to so many people, I decided to tackle another spam that appeared in my mailbox recently. … Continue reading

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Spam Poetry

I’m always strangely compelled to read some of those auto-generated nonsensical sentences generated by spam engines. Sometimes, they are absolute gibberish – but the other times, they almost make sense in some weird way. I got this gem in the … Continue reading

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How do you deal with comment spam?

I always viewed blog spam as a complex problem which requires a multi-layer solution. There is simply no silver bullet that stops all the spam and gives you no false positives. Most conventional approaches can be grouped together into 6 … Continue reading

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Running without CAPTCHA Experiment

I decided to disable the CAPTCHA in the comments section – at least for a few days. I haven’t seen much spam here lately, and I feel that Akismet and Bad Behavior have been doing an excellent job scooping up … Continue reading

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Minimalistic 419 Scam

I get more and more of these lame 419 scams lately and they completely bypass gmail’s spam filter. WTF? Is it really that hard to trigger the few key catch phrases these guys use? All those letters are almost exactly … Continue reading

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Using Myspace For Evil

In the morning today I noticed that I got around 10 new friend requests on MySpace. All of them were spam accounts and all but 2 have been deleted since then. Since I’m running Linux I decided to check out … Continue reading

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Chinese 419?

The problem with these damn 419 letters is that spam filters sometimes don’t catch them. This one is short and sweet – the dude doesn’t even give me imaginative the back story or tell me how many millions of “US … Continue reading

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UK National Lottery Scam

They are getting creative or what? This time it’s not a rogue prince, a rich political refuge with a diamond mine, or a wealthy British lady dying from a cancerous stroke. Oh no, this time I won a friken lottery: … Continue reading

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Comment Spammers Suck

I’m currently being hit by some sort of Zombie swarm averaging 20-30 posts a day. They are all coming from different IP’s and trickle in at different times. There are maybe 5-6 different patterns that repeat over and over again, … Continue reading

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Another Comment Spammer Locked Out

Ladies and gentelmen, here is another IP address to put in your .htaccess deny list: 209.160.72.10 This IP apparently belongs to hopone.net which looks like a legitimate company. I was surprised to see that this machine is accessible from the … Continue reading

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More 419 Letters

I’m so tempted to reply to one of those and make fun of them! But I’m kinda scared that if I do Mr. Ecko is going to show up at my house and kick my ass. :mrgreen: From:LadyRita Mosley. 4 … Continue reading

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Things I Learn From Spammers

Thanks to the diligence of [tag]comment spammers[/tag] I have learned something interesting. I’m not sure if [tag]ny.com[/tag] is affiliated with the New York City in any way – it looks like a big commercial link site for NY related content. … Continue reading

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Damn Comment Spammers

[tag]Comment spammers[/tag] are getting more sophisticated every day. It is a fucking arms race. Now that they know we all have content filters on, they try to make their messages sound innocent. I currently have one jackass posting things like … Continue reading

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Comment Spammers Suck!

I just installed a CAPTCHA for my comment box. It will be interesting to see if the amount of spam tappers off now. I think it should. If it doesn’t, then one of the following is happening: we are dealing … Continue reading

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Trackback Spam

Trackback Spam pisses me off. I just got one hit from some pill pusher the other day. Comment spam is one thing, but trackback spam is even more annoying. I just bought this domain like a week ago or so, … Continue reading

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