August 25, 2004

Killing Spam

Damn nearly died from spam. I thought I had fixed the problem with MT Blacklist then a few days ago I was greeted with 382 spam comments and spent the better part of the morning clicking the despam button.

I have since renamed by my mt-comments.cgi file and it seems to have worked. I recommend all MT users to do the same.

Still looking for a permanent solution to referrer spam, but for now I am manually filtering them out with this ballooning blacklist. Everyone’s welcome to grab it and add it to their refer.php.

Posted by Karen at August 25, 2004 12:25 AM in web building
Comments

That’s too damn tedious. I’ve renamed index.php. Let’s see how well that works.

I got my first comment spam today after renaming the mt-comments.cgi file. Damn.

Posted by: Karen at August 29, 2004 09:12 AM

Guess what? Spam is pinging my referrer log. Thankfully this is harmless. Very bizarre being that I have commenting turned off!

I’m also guessing that when I (or someone else) browses from my referrer log, this is what those little devils pick up on. Hmmm. Do you think?

Posted by: Roderick at September 2, 2004 12:08 PM

I don’t understand spam at all. Not how they work, why people are desperate enough to try it, how they can live with themselves for doing it…. nothing at all.

So I guess I’m battlling them blindly.

Posted by: Karen at September 2, 2004 03:27 PM

Upon further review and investigation, it may be a agent/bot/spider or some sort. I noticed that the same agent visited the Textism site too.

Spam is cheap to send. And however small the return rate, it’s big money for those companies.
Sadly, it will only proliferate.

Now those pesky popupsL I use Firefox/Camino and I found that some program ‘unchecks’ the box that I checked to block popup windows. Most annoying I must say. I’d rather be wasting my time on something I appreciate.

Posted by: Roderick at September 3, 2004 12:33 AM


Warning: include(): open_basedir restriction in effect. File(/home/httpd/vhosts/manic.com.sg/httpdocs/refer/refer.php) is not within the allowed path(s): (/var/www/vhosts/manic.com.sg/:/tmp/) in /data/vhosts/manic.com.sg/httpdocs/blog/archives/000196.php on line 539

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