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One Year Anniversary Review: Comments on Comment Spam

Comment spam is one of the biggest blights on the Internet. As far as I’m concerned, comment spam is the single most despicable and destructive force on the Internet today. Yes, we have problems with censorship, government infringement, copyright infringement, and other abusive issues, but comment spam is a plague that infests everyone. Part of […]

Content Specific Comment Spam on the Loose

This weekend, I found several comments I believed to be legitimate on a couple of my blogs. The wording was specifically targeted and related towards the content. I even responded to two, thinking they were legit. They were not. You need to know that while WordPress, various WordPress Plugin authors, and many blog comment spam […]

Calling All Stupid Comment Spammers

Hey, be a pal. Don’t delete this so I can get the backlink. Okay? I hate comment spam. It is such a waste of time. But this one cracked me up. The fact that it came from something named “Smartloans” tells me they ain’t too smart. Calling all stupid comment spammers! Pay attention. Listen closely. […]

Reporting Spam Blogs – Splogs

Quick Online Tips recently posted “How to Complain and Report Spam Blogger Blogs”, a good look at the procedures you need to take to report, and hopefully remove, splogs. A splog is a “spam blog”, a blog that copies content from other blogs without permission (though there might be a link back), using that content […]

Illegal Internet Gambling and Gambling Comment Spam

The US Government, along with many individual states and many governments outside of the United States, are doing their best to stop, control, or regulate Internet gambling. The US is taking the ultimatum method and making all online gambling illegal, resorting to the Federal Wire Wager Act (18 U.S.C. § 1084 (1994), which says: Whoever […]

At the Bottom: New Delete Comment Spam Button in Akismet for WordPress.com Users

With the recent high volume of nasty comment spam, most of which is caught by Akismet within WordPress.com blogs, I’ve been mentally chastising the developers for not including a DELETE SPAM button at the bottom of the caught spam list. I would scroll through 90 or more caught spam comments and get to the bottom […]

Looks Like Your Page Was Heavily Hit By Spam – Yeah, Right, Spammer!

Among the recent, slowly dying down, recent spam attack, I find this comment spam: Kim… Looks like your page was heavily hit by spam… Oh, please. Give me a break. It’s really cute to send this kind of nice spam message right after a massive comment spam attack. Do they really think we are that […]

Akismet Smacked By Comment Spam: The Stats

Akismet, the official comment spam fighter for WordPress.com blogs and WordPress users has been working overtime to fight off an onslaught of comment spam bots. Akismet has a new Akismet Stats page with a chart to show you how hard it is working to combat comment spam. The chart measures the number of comment spam […]

Check Your WordPress.com Comments for Comment Spam

I wrote a few days ago about the massive comment spam attack on WordPress blogs, especially WordPress.com blogs, and how for the most part, Akismet was catching all the evil comment spam. Well, the battle is still being won, but comment spam is slipping through. A huge round of hotels, steroids, and other comment spam, […]

Comment Spam: Vengeance is Theirs and Mine

It seems as though comment spammers are having a field day. In the past 24 hours, this WordPress.com blog has been hit by hundreds and hundreds of comment spam. Lovely drugs, mortgages, real estate, casinos, and penises. Reports are coming in on the WordPress Support Forum and WordPress.com support forum that blogs are being hit […]

Abuse: Keyword Spamming versus Tag Spamming

I met a person recently who stopped learning web page design in 1999 and still considers himself still an expert. You know the type. Dangerous with just a little bit of experience. He knows nothing of web standards, tableless web page design, or any modern techniques or technologies. He knows 1999 HTML and CSS 101 […]

Comment Spammers Now Using Hebrew to Fool You

Just when you think the comment spammers can’t get any more inventive, they try to fool you using comment spam with Hebrew. The source of the comment spam is from a legitimate Israeli online casino site, but I wouldn’t recommend them to anyone just because they use comment spam to build links, page rank, and […]

New Comment Spammer on the Loose – Pay Attention

Comment spammers are on the loose again, coming up with more inventive ways to distract us from their spamming comments, while they think they are increasing their page rank in search engines by forcing you to link to their websites with their comment spam links. I need to make this really clear, to you and […]

Comment Spam Catcher Spam Karma 2.2 Released

One of my favorite comment spam catching tools, Spam Karma, has just released its latest version, 2.2. New in 2.2: * Miscellaneous bug-fixes (UI, WP2 compatibility etc.) * Fine-tuning of older modules to accomodate new spambot breed. * Minor additions to SK2’s filtering modules to raise SK2 protections. I’ve written before about how much I […]

The Attack of the Spam-Bots from Hell

After a couple of years of fairly simple, easy-to-kill comment spam bots, it appears that the web is under assault by a particularly vicious new criminal spam-bot. A friend of mine claims that in order to figure something out, outwit or beat something, you have to be 6% smarter. Well, folks, this new spam-bot appears […]

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