Silly Spammers

A can of Spam

A can of Spam

I get the silliest comments left by spammers on my sites.

“The thing is I already knew this info but never implemented it”

I’m so glad that Cynix Hood was worth that much for you. 🙂

edit: It’s a pity though that the spammer is using deviantart for their crud.  Link added here so I can follow up on it later on.  It’s been reported though.

Silly Spam

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Have to admit that I get a chuckle on occasion with the spam comments that I get here:

I found your website after I have been surfing the internet to be useful.

So I’m the rebound site of the internet?  Makes me feel real warm inside knowing that.  Still won;t get me chicks though.

TweepMe – Spam, Virus, or just a neat way to meet other Twitter users?

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Had this come my way over Twitter from a few folks.  It’s about a new service called TweepMe.  It’s being labeled as a fast way to accumulate followers on Twitter. Whenever a new member joins, every other member that’s already on the service automatically follows the new member while the new member follows them back. The process is gradual and happens over the course of weeks or months depending on the number of TweepMe members and how quickly you have the service set up to do all that following.  (The default is 50 an hour which seems very high to me.  I just lowered mine to 10 to be on the safe side.)

Right now, the service is free to the first 5,000 users who create an account over there.  As of this writing, there’s about a thousand slots left open.  After those first lucky few, rumor is it’ll run $9 a month for the service.

Some folks are calling this a Twitter virus.  Others are calling it nothing but spam or a complete waste of time getting followers who will quickly leave.  Giving a service your username and password is a concern as well.

So which is it?  Some points come to mind:

  • They’ve admitted to using the HummingBird Twitter application which got their old account banned.
  • You do have to turn over your username and password which we should know by now isn’t a good idea.
  • They raise a good point that if Twitter really had an issue with all this, they would have their API access shut down.
  • All messages sent are opt-in as we’ve signed up for the service knowing what to expect.
  • Folks who have signed up for the service are free to leave at any time.  They can even change their Twitter password to opt back out of the service.
  • The Governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels, is a member of the service.
digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/tech_news/TweepMe_Spam_Virus_Or_legit_followers’;

So what do you think?  I’ll admit that I signed up for the service just to see what all the hype is about.  If I get new followers and/ or find someone new and interesting to follow, it’s a plus.  Get my Twitter account hacked from it all?  It’s a Twitter account after all, not a server.

What’s your opinion?

edit: After writing this, I was pointed to a post about a user studying the TweepMe data to see if there are real people signing up or just spammers. It’s an interesting read.

A spammer who tells the truth?

greetings_from_poland.jpgI was going to call this post “The irony of spam” but when I did a lookup of the 89.74.32.88 IP address that it came from, I discovered that it really was from Poland.  Almost hit the publish button when I saw that.  I mean how often does a spammer actually tell the truth?

I wonder how successful the spammer is?

Is Harvard having a problem with keeping it up?

spam.jpgI know that I’ve talked about sites going prospam or ignoring their spam problem in the past but even I have to admit that this borders on being obscene.  For a good time, go over to Google and see how many times Viagra appears on their site.  I had originally thought it was more of an issue with their student blog site and with comment spam that hadn’t been dealt with (edit: Oh wait, I guess that is an issue.  Maybe they need to try Typepad Antispam instead of using Akismet.) but it now looks like some wikis (and maybe a forum or two) are where the problem lies.

I wonder if someone knows something about the professors over at Harvard.  Maybe the medical school should form an outreach program.

And it looks like other folks have noticed the problem as well.  Heck, Microsoft even used Harvard.edu as an example of how to search for such problems.

I’m purposely not giving links so not to add to the problem.  You can find enough of them via the Google search up there.

When Spam Does Pay

 

A can of Spam

A can of Spam

I’m sure by now we’ve all seen the emails in your inbox or left as comments on your blog.  Every once in a while, folks wonder if spamming pays.  I don’t know about you but I always delete the garbage.  Every once in a while, I’ll send off a complaint email if I know it’ll get a result.

Well wonder no more.  Looks like Citibank has proven once and for all that it does. 37-year-old Nigerian scammer Paul Gabriel Amos convinced Citibank officials to wire him $27 million belonging to Ethiopia.  While the FBI arrested Amos when he tried to visit Los Angeles, there’s no mention of where the money is.

I have to wonder, as noted in the some of the comments within that article, if some of the bailout money give to Citibank was included within that amount.

Rackspace buys out Slicehost

Andrea‘s going to hate this.

Rackspace buys out Slicehost.  Cool.  Dandy.  Whatever.  Only one little problem.  Rackspace is known for their spam. (Yes, they’re old.  I don’t have time right now to go digging for more up to date links.  First ones I found.  Running out the door.) We have large portions of Rackspace’s IP blocks blocked at our routers due to this since there’s little to no follow up from those folks.

I for one think this is a very bad idea.

Damn Spam

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What’s with all of the trackback spam lately?  That picture to the left there is the count for the last 20 hours or so since my last post.  Add 600 trackbacks that I’ve already deleted as well as the 303 comment spams from the other page and you get 2,886 of those little annoying buggers.  All caught by TypePad AntiSpam of course but then you have to go through and double check them.  At least I hope folks do that like I do.  Would hate to see something get caught by accident.

edit: OK, I found one issue that I fixed.  MT Auto Ban was not configured correctly.  That’s now been fixed and hopefully will be dropping bad IP addresses into the correct block list. (Just in the five minutes I’ve been looking at the plugin, I received 147 more trackbacks that got flagged as spam.) Maybe that’ll give me some breathing room.