Wow, impressive comment spam storm



But perhaps you are not as powerful as the emporer has foreseen…. I just skimmed the stats and saw an abornmal spike in traffic over the last hour, so being curious…. I checked the server logs and saw trackback post after trackback post, all different Internet Explorer versions. It doesn’t seem to be the same ip address repeating, but several. (Could it be a bot net?) Anyway, not much time here to investigate on that. Fortunately though, the trackback spam defending jedi akismet has been holding it’s own quite well with the onslaught. This is frankly the biggest trackback spam storm I’ve seen EVER which makes me curious as to why I came up on the radar…


It looks as though it didn’t just affect this site, but I’ve seen light impact on the two other sites. (Maybe 10% of the traffic on those though that I’m seeing here.) Interesting – glad I decided to enable the trackback spam filtering plugin…. I’d be spending weeks trying to weed out all those.

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One Response to “Wow, impressive comment spam storm”

  1. Trackback spam and countermeasures like Akismet and trackback validation-- Avery J. Parker - Web site hosting and computer service Says:


    [...] As I’ve already commented today…. there has been a massive trackback spam swarm going on the last 24 hours. I’ve now racked up 1300 or so in the Akismet filter on this site and another 150 or so on another two sites. Akismet has been very impressive in defending this attack. Only 1% of the trackbacks slipped through, or about 14 or so across three sites. I’ve looked to see what other measures I can take against trackback spam and found one that looks like it should eliminate the 1% that got through. [...]


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