Archive for the 'Spam' Category

Huge Spam Operation Shut Down Thanks to TheSecurityFix

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Thank you Brian Krebs of the Security Fix. He has just made the internet a little better place. He’s worked for several months investigating a group that is believed to have been hosting provider for up to 75% of the Internet’s junk email as well as child porn websites, rogue anti-virus software and who knows [...]

Great tip for Dealing with SPAM email

Monday, March 17th, 2008

In reading over at the Gmail Blog, I came across this suggestion to try with Gmail. The idea is, let’s say your address is Okay, next time you sign up for a mailing list, or need a free website login, use or or any other unique identifier (something you’ll be able to [...]

Site hosting tons of email addresses

Friday, February 9th, 2007

A little over a year ago I was doing a web search for my email address (something that’s worth doing from time to time.) I ran across my name in a text file hosted at a domain called….. There is a different site active at that domain now (although I don’t know if it’s [...]

Approaches to beating form spam submission

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

I’ve replaced bare email addresses on web page with either an encoded variation of the email or with a contact form to discourage spam scrapers and other automated tools from using it for a spam magnet. Well, it seems there are some tools that automatically submit forms – after all that’s what’s brought us the [...]

Persistent spammers

Monday, August 28th, 2006

Over the last couple weeks I’ve gotten persistent and annoying spams from a place that is currently at (although they have had variations on their domain during that time.) broadcastemailgroupcom and are some of their other recent aliases. They claim in the email that their offer is only for non-profit groups and to [...]

The Spam fight turns to blogs….

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

I’ve detailed some of the struggles I had for a bit with FLOODS of comment spam. Details of the issue and a fix which has been rock solid for WordPress can be found in the following posts (reverse chronological order): Update on comment spam storms, trackback spam countermeasures such as akismet and trackback validation, another [...]

Trackback spam and countermeasures like Akismet and trackback validation

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

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 [...]

Another trackback spam storm overnight….

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

All of the the swarms of trackback spam seemed to last an hour give or take a few minutes, so it does look kind of like “rent-a-bot” activity, lots of different IP addresses, trackback spam sites seem to have a common theme – the last batch was insurance type sites…. a sampling of about three [...]


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