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[Aug. 2nd, 2011|11:33 am]
kyle cassidy
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For the first time, yesterday, the number of spam comments posted to my blog outnumbered the number of user comments on a day that I made a post. On a typical day I'm deleting 8 or 9, yesterday I deleted 17.

It's irritating to think that out there exist a whole contingent of people who wake up in the morning with the express purpose of peeing in the pool. Either registering hundreds of LJ accounts and then posting spam from them, or participating in DDoS attacks. Why, people? Don't they have cable TV where you live?

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This was my best spam comment on LJ today....

From: LiveJournal Comment <lj_notify@livejournal.com>
Subject: Worm Medication For Geese
Date: August 2, 2011 1:04:27 PM EDT
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[User Picture]From: lyonesse
2011-08-02 03:51 pm (UTC)
i think it's rather few people -- they use viruses to get other machines to do the ddos attacks and spamming.
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[User Picture]From: tsarina
2011-08-02 04:33 pm (UTC)
Seriously. Though I would argue Youtube videos of people learning to play Minecraft are sometimes more hilarious than anything from TV. (There's always a lot of shouting the first time someone encounters a big scary spider or a creeper blows up on them.)
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[User Picture]From: dd_b
2011-08-02 05:13 pm (UTC)
I think DDoS attacks are mostly done through nets of subverted computers, rather than by actual people on those computers.

But there are more and more people whose job it is to go out and fake comments on sites. I spent part of last weekend implementing features for my photo gallery site, to avoid having to go in and delete those comments with a text editor.
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[User Picture]From: skreidle
2011-08-02 05:36 pm (UTC)
I simply disabled comments on my Gallery 1.5 (1.6?) site, rather than manually delete thousands of spam comments, or upgrade to 2.x.

My public Picasa galleries get almost no spam comments--only a few comments total, and almost all positive.

I have seen plenty of spam comments in LJ comms lately that require a real account and a CAPTCHA to post---but what really stump me are the spam comments with no link, embed, or other reason to even exist as a spam comment.
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[User Picture]From: dd_b
2011-08-02 06:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, the ones that actually get through on my site have no spam content; they consist of a garbage character string for the name, and then some lame, ungrammatical, comment that looks like generic approval of something on a help site. Which makes no sense at all on my small personal photo site. (I also get a lot of failures from spammers who leave the name blank; and blocking all URLs generates a lot more failures.) My tentative theory is that the spam-free comments are intended to make the profile of the fake user look less spammy.
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[User Picture]From: skreidle
2011-08-02 06:58 pm (UTC)
That's a brilliant hypothesis. If an account has a tally of plenty of posts and comments, it's less likely to be deleted out of hand as a spam bot.
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[User Picture]From: lawbabeak
2011-08-02 11:27 pm (UTC)
Huh. That >does< make sense. My LJ has been ungoogleable for a couple years now, and yet I still get the occasional spam comment, almost always on an old post. Weird.
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[User Picture]From: ladycelia
2011-08-02 06:05 pm (UTC)
Geese need meds too!
Sorry the noise to signal ratio is so skewed right now.
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[User Picture]From: nebris
2011-08-02 06:21 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: adelheid_p
2011-08-02 07:10 pm (UTC)
Hey, sorry that you are getting so much spam. I read always but don't always think I need to comment. Glad that you wrapped up the Warpaint book and always glad that you shared so much and were so moved. I think it shows in the pictures you take.
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[User Picture]From: lentower
2011-08-02 07:20 pm (UTC)
it's not people,
it's vrackers, evil programmers,
who write programs, aka spam bots,
to open accounts, and post spam

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spambot

we also have the problem on the dresden dolls forum
http://www.theshadowbox.net/

the mods there are. collectivley, putting in over
almost an hour a day dealing with it




right now, i get about two lj spam per week on my inactive blog here
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[User Picture]From: lawbabeak
2011-08-02 11:29 pm (UTC)
Aw, *internet hug*

If everybody went through their day trying to be as awesome as they can be, I wouldn't have a job. Which, frankly, wouldn't be a bad thing, it would just make paying my student loans, buying your books, and going to Trillian's plays more difficult.
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[User Picture]From: kuroshii
2011-08-03 03:29 am (UTC)
Don't they have cable TV where you live?

from what i understand about the previous DDoS attack on LJ, what they don't have where they live is...freedom of speech.
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[User Picture]From: spacedlaw
2011-08-03 05:28 am (UTC)
See what's happening when a blog is too popular? Lorraine's been attracting massive spam too lately.
Worm medication for geese. That's brilliant.
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