Silly Spammers

I get the silliest comments left by spammers on my sites. “The thing is I already knew this info but never implemented it” I’m so glad that Cynix Hood was worth that much for you. 🙂 edit: It’s a pity though that the spammer is using deviantart for their crud.  Link added here so I can follow up on it later on.  It’s been reported...

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TweepMe – Spam, Virus, or just a neat way to meet other Twitter users?

Had this come my way over Twitter from a few folks.  It’s about a new service called TweepMe.  It’s being labeled as a fast way to accumulate followers on Twitter. Whenever a new member joins, every other member that’s already on the service automatically follows the new member while the new member follows them back. The process is gradual and happens over the course of weeks or months depending on the number of TweepMe members and how quickly you have the service set up to do all that following.  (The default is 50 an hour which seems very high to me.  I just lowered mine to 10 to be on the safe side.) Right now, the service is free to the first 5,000 users who create an account over there.  As of this writing, there’s about a thousand slots left open.  After those first lucky few, rumor is it’ll run $9 a month for the service. Some folks are calling this a Twitter virus.  Others are calling it nothing but spam or a complete waste of time getting followers who will quickly leave.  Giving a service your username and password is a concern as well. So which is it?  Some points come to mind: They’ve admitted to using the HummingBird Twitter application which got their old account banned. You do have to turn over your username and password which we should know by now isn’t a good idea. They raise a good point that if Twitter really had an issue with all this, they would have their API access shut down. All messages sent are opt-in as we’ve signed up for the service knowing what to expect. Folks who have signed up for the service are free to leave at any time.  They can even change their Twitter password to opt back out of the service. The Governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels, is a member of the service. digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/tech_news/TweepMe_Spam_Virus_Or_legit_followers’; So what do you think?  I’ll admit that I signed up for the service just to see what all the hype is about.  If I get new followers and/ or find someone new and interesting to follow, it’s a plus.  Get my Twitter account hacked from it all?  It’s a Twitter account after all, not a server. What’s your opinion? edit: After writing this, I was pointed to a post about a user studying the TweepMe data to see if there are real people signing up or just spammers. It’s an interesting...

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When Spam Does Pay

  I’m sure by now we’ve all seen the emails in your inbox or left as comments on your blog.  Every once in a while, folks wonder if spamming pays.  I don’t know about you but I always delete the garbage.  Every once in a while, I’ll send off a complaint email if I know it’ll get a result. Well wonder no more.  Looks like Citibank has proven once and for all that it does. 37-year-old Nigerian scammer Paul Gabriel Amos convinced Citibank officials to wire him $27 million belonging to Ethiopia.  While the FBI arrested Amos when he tried to visit Los Angeles, there’s no mention of where the money is. I have to wonder, as noted in the some of the comments within that article, if some of the bailout money give to Citibank was included within that...

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Is WordPress.com going Pro Spam?

Say hello to Poker 101.  I don’t normally link to sites filled with affiliate links and the like (At least I try not to.) but I’m making a big deal about this for one very good reason. It’s still there. You see, a couple of months back, I noticed (see the comments section) that sometimes I had to resend spam reports into wordpress.com when they didn’t get acted upon them.  Now, I know it’s only Mark over there dealing with those reports (Lloyd used to do them as well but I noted that he got removed from that position.  At least he’s no longer following up on reports any more.) but after two reports sent in previously, (and a third one in today) the site is still there. – Affiliate links? Check – Adverts? Check – Content stealing? Maybe.  Copied at least. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this either.  This guy had his sites up for more than a week after first questioning what the issue was. Sure, maybe wordpress.com has a public face of being anti-splog.  We all know that previous experience shows...

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So long, HopOne

For the longest time, I’ve been getting comment spam from the IP address 66.36.243.204, an IP address belonging to HopOne, a hosting company based out of Virginia.  It’s always been the same address, they show up every couple days, spam a bunch of posts with their unwanted comments, and then I won’t hear from them for a bit.  We have other IP addresses from these folks on record for comment spamming as well.  I’ve complained a couple of times but wasn’t able a ble to a few days ago when they did their run.  HopOne’s complaint form locked me out saying that I had already complained about the IP address is question. Please kindly think about that.  They don’t want to take a complaint because I’ve already complained about that specific IP address. Wouldn’t it just be easier to actually deal with the complaint and look into the matter?  Guess not… Well if they don’t want to take a complaint from me, I guess I don’t have to take traffic from them.  I strongly encourage folks to place the following deny blocks in their site’s .htaccess file so to block abuse from those folks.  Maybe they’ll take the hint someday. deny from 66.36.224. deny from 66.36.225. deny from 66.36.226. deny from 66.36.227. deny from 66.36.228. deny from 66.36.229. deny from 66.36.230. deny from 66.36.231. deny from 66.36.232. deny from 66.36.233. deny from 66.36.234. deny from 66.36.235. deny from 66.36.236. deny from 66.36.237. deny from 66.36.238. deny from 66.36.239. deny from 66.36.240. deny from 66.36.241. deny from 66.36.242. deny from 66.36.243. deny from 66.36.244. deny from 66.36.245. deny from 66.36.246. deny from 66.36.247. deny from 66.36.248. deny from 66.36.249. deny from 66.36.250. deny from 66.36.251. deny from 66.36.252. deny from 66.36.253. deny from 66.36.254. deny from...

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