MT Comment spamming

I’m starting to wonder. Just _how_ stupid can spammers get?
Sitting next to my girlfriend – I just heard her going: What!?


It seems that someone believes creating automated tools to spam via MT-based weblogs is a good idea, and had commented on a random entry in her blog, advertising some stupid zip-code-service.
Methinks spamming isn’t a good idea at all. So congrats, whoever came from 203.106.151.137, you’re permanently banned from commenting to or pinging my blogs.
If comment and trackback spamming is going to become a widespread problem, how are we going to deal with this? Could we end up in a place where only registered users will be able to send trackbacks or comment to a blog?

7 Comments

  1. an outbreak of blog comments spam…

    We have a spammer, ladies and gentlemen, and they’re going after bloggers. Virtuelvis, Masukomi, Beerblog, Bingwalker, Falcon’s Eye, Mentalspace, Uppity

  2. The obvious solution would be to include some sort of “human brain detector”, like that thing that asks you to enter the character sequence shown in an image. Anyone know what these are called by the way?

  3. an outbreak of blog comments spam…

    We have a spammer, ladies and gentlemen, and they’re going after bloggers. Virtuelvis, Masukomi, Beerblog, Bingwalker, Falcon’s Eye, Mentalspace, Uppity

  4. Now they’ve found me too, but the IP address changed, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a dialup. 🙁 The two comments entered in my blog were reported to be from 210.186.194.63

  5. B. Johannessen: They’re called “captchas”. Great idea, except for those of us who use Lynx…
    I also got spammed by these guys; I didn’t block their IP (since I figured, apparently correctly, that it was a dynamic IP address), but I did “mention them by name”:http://www.zone38.net/blog/archives/posts/000410.html to shame them. Interestingly, I haven’t gotten spammed by them since the weblog backlash against them…hmm…

  6. OK, nice, apparently the Textile formatting I tried to use wasn’t permitted, because URLs are automatically linked. D’oh!

  7. Previously, I’ve chosen to use URL auto-linking, since allowing HTML would open one possible security hole; Sanitize does not strip “javascript:”-protocol hrefs.
    However, until someone abuses it, I’ve decided on allowing allowing HTML in comments, together with textile.