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Comment spam vent and an idea to combat it

Filed under: General Linux,The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 10:48 am on Thursday, September 27, 2007

Ok I just have to vent a little. Spam Spam Spam. Spam bots and blog spammers in general are stupid. Why would you spam a site that doesn’t even have comments on blog posts? I don’t get it. I would love to get my hands on the code of these spam bots to see how they are working. It would be so simple for them to actually load the page and grep for the comment link. That way they could stop wasting mine and their time by spamming this site. All comments are marked as spam at the moment since that’s all I’m getting. If some one wants to send me a comment they could go trough the trouble of creating a <FORM> to send one but I think they would just send me mail at owen -at- <thelinuxblog.com>. This generally means that I can delete all of the comments I get as I doubt any one is really going to create a form just to send me a comment.

IP addresses are being recorded and I’ll continue to monitor the situation. Eventually I might do a security scan on repeat offenders and let the ISP of the host know what’s what. It would be nice to catch the spammer but I will settle for the knowing that the owners of the Zombie PC have been warned about the consequences and might send their computer in for repair.

After writing this post I have an idea for a Linux Blog project. The Linux Blog can be the first to submit data. Basically I propose a plugin for WordPress that would monitor comments and send the IP’s of those that were spam (either flagged manually or automatically) to a host. This host would log all of the IP’s submitted and when appropriate take action against them.
This reminds me of a project that I saw a presentation on at CarolinaCon 05. Except this project was targeted at bot nets and aimed to be malicious back or ban the host / subnet completely. This would not be necessary for this project; just a simple mail merge application written in Linux would work.
I suppose the real first step is to see if this application already exists. I’m sure I’m not the first person to think of this.
I guess I need to come up with a quirky name for the project and a plan. It goes without saying that the platform will be Linux and will use open source applications to achieve the final goal. Once research has been done I can either try to add it to my never ending list of projects to complete or find a team of developers willing to work on it.





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