September 08, 2004

Blog Comment Spam - A New Low and So Bizarre

I received the following blog comment spam two days ago, for a web design firm:

Normally, I just add the URLs into the spam blocker, and report them to the larger spam blacklist. But this seemed like a legitimate company, and very odd that they would do this. Usually I just delete the spam comments, but I decided to email the company with this:

Tom at the company responded:

What possible gain could comment spammers achieve with what Tom characterizes as "cyber terrorism" on his Help site? Is it cyberterrorism? Or do the spammers hope that some legitimate looking comments might allow them to also post other kinds of spam that connects back to their interests in gambling, porn or prescription drugs?

This is bizarre, and a new turn in the comment spam fight. I get around 500-1000 a week, and oddly enough, it is often attached to this post on comment spam.

In any event, if you get the same spam, please email Tom because he is collecting information to go after the spammers. Unfortunately, right now, he appears to be able to do little to stop the practice.

Posted by Mary Hodder at September 8, 2004 08:09 AM | TrackBack

You may want to change the name of mt-comments and mt-tb to avoid automatic comment spam. I learned about this from "Learning Movable Type" and have not received any comment spam on my blog since making the change.

I personally could not get mt-blacklist to work. I believe it's because I run the default Berkeley database.

The case you mention is interesting and sounds like a disgruntled ex-employee is using the attacks to discredit the company. Level10's explanation seems honest and upfront. My guess is they ticked someone off.

Posted by: katie at September 8, 2004 10:08 AM

I've known Tom for a couple years and from what I know of him he's an honest guy. He's got a good shop and I can't imagine he'd spam a site, especially not his or his clients' competitors.

Posted by: Jason Dowdell at September 8, 2004 11:15 AM

another possibility is that they've contracted an ad company to advertise for them, and unbeknownst to them, the contractor is spamming on their behalf.

Posted by: Justin at September 8, 2004 11:17 AM

I just wanted to say that this is quite feasible that someone is doing a dirty job out there. However, what is the purpose?

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