Dougal Campbell's geek ramblings

WordPress, web development, and world domination.

Spammers are stupid

For the past three hours, a spammer has been attacking this site, attempting to post comment spam. Of course, none of the over 600 attempted comment spams have ever shown up. The attacks have come from a variety of different IP numbers (at least 8 different ones at a quick glance), so it appears that the perpetrator is using remotely controlled “zombie” machines.

The comments have been a breeze to delete from my system (just search on a common keyword, go to “mass edit mode”, check all, and delete!). Since I use Kitten’s Spam Words plugin, the spams contribute more fodder against future spams. And thanks to my Spammer TarPit plugin, I get the amusement of seeing some feedback when I block the next attempt.

Everybody repeat after me…. “Spammers are stupid.”

About Dougal Campbell

Dougal is a web developer, and a "Developer Emeritus" for the WordPress platform. When he's not coding PHP, Perl, CSS, JavaScript, or whatnot, he spends time with his wife, three children, a dog, and a cat in their Atlanta area home.
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  5. Geof says:

    “Spammers are stupid.”

    I think I’m now going to grab your tar pit. I originally thought it was a bad idea, but now …

  6. For added pleasure, I’ve added new code (unreleased) to TarPit that should run a portscan against the spamming host and email me the results. It hasn’t been triggered again since that addition, so I don’t know how well it works, yet.

    I also modified Kittens Spam Words plugin so that it can be used on comment searches, too.

  7. Kitten says:

    Send me a diff on those changes, enough people use both, so it’d be nice to have.

  8. I posted the change as a comment on your plugin post 🙂

  9. Uldis says:

    Can you please tell me where did you get those cool buttons ?????????

  10. Alicia says:

    The only difference Nikkor Lens that everyone knew that there had been no separation and these were no Nikkor Lens

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