Smarter Comment Spam

I for­get where I read it at, but some­one point­ed out that com­ment spam on blogs was get­ting more sophis­ti­cat­ed. Spam­mers have been try­ing to trick peo­ple into think­ing their com­ments are legit­i­mate while enter­ing for their home­page the site they want to spam. 
It’s rare I get com­ment spam, and Akismet has­n’t missed one yet, but when I checked the com­ments it caught today just to be sure no legit com­ment was being held, I noticed my first bit of “intel­li­gent” spam.

The mes­sage entered was, “Good writ­ing. Do you have an RSS feed where can I suscribe? I tried using blog­lines but could­n’t.” Poor per­son; I should help him out by approv­ing his com­ment and help­ing him get suscribed, right? It’s a good thing that spam­my address­es are still very eas­i­ly recognized.

And though this com­ment may be able to trick a naïve new blog­ger, it could not pen­e­trate the Great Wall of Akismet.

The point is if you are approv­ing com­ments, be sure not to approve any seem­ing­ly legit emails which are real­ly spam. And, if pos­si­ble, use Akismet for all your spam pro­tec­tion needs.

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Rick Beckman