January 31, 2006
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Newest spam technique
I don't know if anyone has noticed, but this blog is being hit a lot lately by comment spammers. I've been keeping up to it, so I don't think it's that bad right now.
The problem is they are not linking directly to their spam pages, but linking to a google group, or a yahoo group, or to a msn spaces.
Now, I don't want to block those domains, so right now I don't have an automated way to fight the spam. *sigh* I've reported a couple of those groups to msn or google, but I don't think that's the best way to keep up with it.
Spammers are evil. I want to reach through the ether and smack them upside the head. It's just another battle in the Spam Wars.
Posted by jim at January 31, 2006 07:12 AM
The key to avoiding blog spam is in biodiversity. I write my own blogging software, and therefore I get no spam. The spamming scripts only post on sites they know about, running blogging software they know about. I guess eventually they could write a script that could post on just about any blog, but I think they got enough generic blogs to post on for a while that they'll never have to worry about posting on non-generic blogs.
I agree that the way to avoid the spam problem or lets say any other problem that deals with security is to write your own software. I am tired of OS exploits so I figure that tonight is a good night to write my own operating system. Biodiversity steps that I have taken to avoid annoyances:
- All software that I use is a home brew so that it can't be easily exploited
- I grow vegetables and have cattle in my basement hydrophonics rigging (the cows eat my indoor grass).
- After work I ride a stationary bike to power fuels cells for my house because you never know when a power outage will happen
- I run red lights because they just slow you down
- I use bio-gas in my car so that I am only slightly affected by those pesky oil companies
Yep, the best way to avoid a problem is to use a completely different infrastructure.
btw Kibbee, every time that you say something like that I feel SO much like writing a script that spams your blog. That way you can you also experience the joy of writing biodiverse antispam / blacklist software.
you are busted, you anti-spammer. spam! spam! spam! spam! spam! spam! spam! spam!
I'm not saying that everyone should write their own software, I'm just pointing out the advantages of biodiversity in a software environment. No matter how good we think our software is, there will always be security exploits. The problem is, is when there is a security exploit with a piece of software that everyone uses, it becomes quite dangerous. If I get spammed on my blog, there isn't much damage done. However, if all the bloggers get spammed, it becomes a huge nuisance to everyone. If there's a secuity exploit in windows, then it's a big problem. If there's a security exploit in MS Dos, it's less of a problem because fewer people are using it.
I've gotten *personal* replies from MySpaces saying the sites I reported have been disabled and a generic email from google groups as well.
The flood of those comment spam seems to have stopped (for now).
I'm glad that reporting abuse actually works. ;-)
Due to the proliferation of comment spam, Iíve had to close comments on this entry. If you would like to leave comment, please use one of my recent entries. Thank you and sorry for any inconvience caused.