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Comments April 15, 2009

Personal Spammers

Filed under: Anti-spam — Dave Rathbun @ 8:25 am CommentsComments (3) 

Will the battle never end?

Apparently not.

I have seen a new style of spam coming in on another blog that I have. Based on past experience, I normally expect the spam to include links to various sites that I have no interest in. These sites will normally promote things like products I don’t want (or need).

Lately, however, I have been getting spam comments that include links to “linked in” or other social networking sites. What’s the point of that? <sigh> The comments include anything along these lines (these are actual spam comments)

After reading through the article, I just feel that I really need more information on the topic. Can you suggest some resources ?

The style of writing is quite familiar . Have you written guest posts for other bloggers?

The topic is quite hot in the net right now. What do you pay the most attention to while choosing what to write about?

My friend on Facebook shared this link with me and I’m not dissapointed that I came here.

… and many more like this. The good news is that the comments were held in the moderation queue. The bad news is that these comments were all made on a blog that is protected by the checkbox challenge code that I use here. I have plans to go out and analyze the server logs to see if the comments were made by a human or a bot, based on time spent on the various pages.


  1. I’ve seen more in-depth comments as well which reference the blog’s subject and follow up with a link for “further reading.” ;)

    Comment by Dog Cow — April 15, 2009 @ 2:00 pm

  2. Every one of these posts had a gmail address. I am wondering now if “linked in” has been compromised, and people are setting up spam pages there and then linking to them.

    What a pain.

    Comment by Dave Rathbun — April 15, 2009 @ 5:33 pm

  3. I checked one of the links, and it goes to a vBulletin 3.x board. The spammer has created a profile that is viewable by guests, and used tinyurl to create a number of spam-related links. So the theory is, I guess, they get a link from my blog to the compromised vB board, and from there get links to their own spam sites.

    Or they would, if I wasn’t blocking / deleting them as they come in.

    The question is, have they solved the Checkbox Challenge with an automated system? Or are they manual spammers? Further investigation is required…

    Comment by Dave Rathbun — April 16, 2009 @ 12:35 am

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