Fighting Comment Spammers

Ready to suit up and help me wage war on comment spam?

The putrid little punks are at it again and rather than shut my blog down and walk away for several months like I did last time… I’m fighting back and need your help!

Most of the comment spam I’m catching in Akismet these days is originating from Blogspot (aka Google’s Blogger). I’m going to add the site names to my comments and I’ll hope you’ll follow them through and FLAG them via the tool Google has made available for crowds to identify slimy sites (so they can dismantle them). I’ve managed to take a few out but a crowd can really bring down these deals quickly.

I’ve also notified the abuse guys at the isp where the majority of this trash originates. We’ll see if that gets someone’s access shut off for a while.

The thing to remember when commenting here is to NOT post the address in such a way that the spammer inadvertantly benefits from linking to them… See how I’ve done this below in the comments.

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2 Comments on “Fighting Comment Spammers”

  1. gwhiz Says:

    Between these 8 domains I had nearly SIXTY spam messages last night. So, I’m sick of this person’s IP address constantly wasting my time and hope you’ll COPY the blog address and go FLAG it as objectionable. I’m intentionally NOT linking to them as I don’t want to give them the link juice. Let’s bring these suckers down and feel free to comment similarly here. I want to nail these suckers! And feel free to DIGG this to really get some traction going!!!

    web-hosting–.blogspot.com | IP: 72.36.147.122 (NOW 404!!)
    websitehosting-.blogspot.com | IP: 72.36.147.122
    sandiego-realestate-.blogspot.com | IP: 72.36.147.122 (refreshes to Yahoo!)
    quickloans-.blogspot.com | IP: 72.36.147.122
    quickcash-.blogspot.com | IP: 72.36.147.122
    payday-loan-now. blogspot.com | IP: 72.36.147.122
    needmoney-.blogspot.com | IP: 72.36.147.122
    cash-call.blogspot.com | IP: 72.36.147.122

  2. gwhiz Says:

    Here’s the resulting email from the spam notice to the isp…

    From: Layered Technologies Abuse & Policy Enforcement Department
    To:
    Date: Tue Oct 17, 2006 10:41:40 AM CDT
    Subject: [OMITTED] – Comment spam

    Subject: AutoReply: Comment spam – open –

    Greetings,

    This message has been automatically generated in response to the
    creation of a trouble ticket regarding:

    ————————————————————————-
    “Comment spam”,

    There is no need to reply to this message right now. Your ticket has been
    assigned an ID of [OMITTED]. If this is an emergency abuse issue please
    also contact our ‘support@layeredtech.com’ personnel so the request can be
    escalated.

    ————————————————————————-
    Comment spam – open –
    ————————————————————————-

    in the subject line of all future correspondence about this issue. To do so,
    you may reply to this message.

    Thank you,
    Layered Technologies Abuse Team.


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