New WordPress blog spam technique

Here's where to discuss things such as how to deal with Spam, how to protect yourself from net nasties, and other Internet-related issues.

New WordPress blog spam technique

Postby Dave » Sat 09 Apr 2011 13:53

Not Delia has just received seven comments in the space of a few hours.

All of them were completely pointless - variations on a bland "I like what you say" theme. The IPs were all different. And the URLs were all either Bing or Google - presumably the idea is to get permanent approval on the back of a bland comment and then let rip with a different URL thereafter.

So far, so mundane. However, the thing that marked these comments out was that they all started with a six-character random alphanumeric string.

My guess is that this is some kind of ploy to confound Akismet - in that respect it looks very similar to the inclusion of a few random punctuation marks at the end of a comment, which has certainly been quite a common feature of would-be spammers' comments up until recently.
British Newspapers Online - your handy guide to the UK's national, regional and local press!
ErgoGuides - Great travel and business eBooks from British Expat!
User avatar
Site Admin
Posts: 7267
Joined: Tue 21 Jan 2003 15:04
Location: Currently UK

Postby ruggie » Sat 09 Apr 2011 18:12

Sounds reasonable. Recently, I've had e-mail notifications of empio comments with a wink emoticon as the IP address - and when I go to the site I find the comment doesn't exist. Some artefact of a discarded comment?
Whether you live in France, or just find the country interesting ... nts-up-50/
Posts: 3196
Joined: Sun 28 Nov 2004 09:09
Location: France

Return to Making the most of the Internet

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest