Comment Spam meets More Karma

The karma wheel rotates a little more. I more or less insinuated that the comment spam onslaught was happening from zombified Windows boxes. Turns out they are going through open relays of many OSes (Linux amongst them) as told to me in a comment here by Ann Elisabeth. I wasn’t previously familiar with her work, but she is engaged in the work of tracking down these cocks. Thank you, masked (wo)man.

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2 thoughts on “Comment Spam meets More Karma”

  1. Brian Austin says:

    Dave, I’ve had similiar trouble with a few sites I host for friends. The B2evo software has some sort of built in ban list / keyword filter, and will actually update via the web. The only problem I’ve had thus far is that I have to run the process manually. I’m thinking maybe setting up a cronjob to take care of it, but haven’t had time to mess with it.

    What I’m thinking is (if such a thing doesn’t exist) is to set up a master ban list for bloggers. I know it’s only a temporary fix, but it could maybe reduce the problem.

  2. Dave says:

    Brian, what I’m using IS a master ban list, by regular expression of banned URLs. I’m using a modified version of the blosxom port of stuff to use the MT master blacklist.

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