Articles tagged in spam

  1. Securing Your Blog, or Else...

    Deep Jive Interests: TailRank Exposes Massive Number Of Blogs Hacked -- turns out all the latest spam sites are legitimate but hacked WordPress sites. I have also experienced a surge of trackback spams over the last couple of days, from hacked WordPress sites with their wp-content populated with static spammy content. WordPress 2.3.3 wasn't even safe, although it was only superceded a few days earlier when 2.5 came out. And people are still discussing how much they hated WordPress 2.5 because of its new dashboard?! Maybe we should go back to writing static HTML files.

  2. Akismet Offline?

    Mike Arrington of TechCrunch shared his list of Web 2.0 Companies he could not live without, and on the point of Wordpress.

    Their Akismet spam comment blocking service is a godsend - without it we would quite simply be overrun with spam. It catches 15,000 or more spam comments per day and auto-deletes them.

    I agree that Akismet has been a great help keeping the number of spams down here. It might not be 15,000 comment spams a day, but since I first deployed Akismet plugin on this blog, it has already blocked 220,000+ spams for me.

    So you'll know it when Akismet is offline -- lots of comment spams came through waiting for manual moderation. I can't seem to get onto their website, and their blog returns system error 500 every now and then. Anyone else experiencing the same? I won't be surprised if they get DDoS'ed, which seems to be the norm these days with all the spam-fighting companies.

  3. Home Server Back On-Line

    Electrician came in the morning and fixed the power switch, which was actually burnt pretty badly when we looked at it last night. As you can see the Netural line has been burnt. They came and replaced the fitting, and the power is good again. Everything is up and running …
  4. Akismet, centralised spam combating solution by Matt

    Matt Mullenweg announced a new spam combating service -- Akismet. If you are a personal blogger, or pro-blogger-wannabe who cannot make more than $500 a month, Akismet is free for you to use. If it is a commercial site, or you are making big bucks from your blogsites -- then a commercial …
  5. Combating Referrer Spam with WordPress

    I hate referrer spams. Not that I clicked on every referrer URL to see where it leads to. I love my statistics, and anything that skews the result annoys me. I do not want to open up my faviourite log analyzer, and see all the top referrers are pr0n or …
  6. Blacklisted (and it is real this time)

    9:30pm at night and got an ICQ message from Wilson, asking whether I have noticed that Yahoo is now labeling my server as bulk mail sender. So immediately I tested sending different messasges (all legitimate with non-spammy content), originated from different domains to one of my Yahoo account, and …
  7. Comment Spams slows down MT

    Comment spams DDoS'ed servers hosting MovableType. Not surprising, especially in slow servers where even spawning a new process of perl is considered "expensive". Maybe for FOCUSer.net to move to WordPress would be one resolution for 2005.
  8. Religious Spam

    Religion and faith related spam emails are on the rise, and they are exempted from the spam law as they are not commercial, according to ReligiousNewsBlog. I've received plenty Nigerian spams that played Christian theme, but so far I have not received one that requested me to repent and be …
  9. Comment Spams with .info

    FOCUSer.net has been bambarded with lots of comment spams lately. As many members do not check their emails regularly for comment notifications, many spam messages were left there for a day or two. I have been tuning the Apache server configuration to block out spam bots, but many of …
  10. Combat Comment Spam

    Just a discovery this week. Putting the following setting inside the Apache configuration (virtual host or .htaccess) seems to have positive effect on combating Movable Type comment spams. SetEnvIf User-Agent libwww-perl NOPOST Order Allow,Deny Allow from all Deny from env=NOPOST It seems that many spam …
  11. WP and Comment Spam

    Matthew Mullenweg talked about WordPress and why it does not get many comment spams. I don't get many comment spams either when I was with MovableType. That has nothing to do with the underlying software, but lack of popularity that spammers don't even bother to flood me :)
  12. 71% Spam Servers from .cn

    Reports are saying 71% of spam emails coming from servers in China. Doesn't that make me proud? Not!
  13. Why go to Moore, SMBC or Morling when you can ...

    I received a spam email this afternoon that boasts the following product: Become a legally ordained minister within 48 hours As a minister, you will be authorized to perform the rites and ceremonies of the church! Perform Weddings, Funerals, Perform Baptisms, Forgiveness of Sins, Visit Correctional Facilities Want to start …
  14. Running Postfix + AMaViS + Clam AntiVirus

    I have just got Postfix on my Mandrake Linux box to talk to Clam AntiVirus via amavisd-new, which also does spam filtering as well. It uses Postfix's content filtering interface to pipe the incoming emails through another SMTP server to quarantine potential viruses. Because AMaViS also integrates with Spam Assassin …
  15. A recent Postfix log on spamming attempt

    I have received the following logs on my mail server regularly over the last 2-3 months, showing attempts of spammers trying to send me a junk mail. The log is generated by Postfix automatically, and send to my postmaster box. Out: 220 mx.yang.id.au ESMTP Postfix In: POST …
  16. Christian Spams

    Peter Dean of "Heal Your Church Web Site" wrote a blog entry about Christian spams, which has raised quite a few questions. For example, what defines a spam email, as we usually discover different definitions from different authorities? Other interesting question raised is, whether it is okay to send "spam …
  17. 1 million dollar fine for spammers

    According to this article on Sydney Morning Herald, a new law passed federal parliament today that will penalise spam offenders in Australia up to 1 million dollars of fine. However, this new anti-spam law is still useless against the majority of email spams, who are originated overseas. There will be …
  18. Email Filtering Feature on Internode

    Recently the Internode ADSL forum on Whirlpool has been stormed by people from other ISP, trying to educate its users how expensive their current plans are. At the same time, Internode has been introducing heaps of value added features like ever growing mirror server, email virus and spam filtering and …