Results tagged “Spam” from Kazza the Blank One

Also while I was away, this blog and my email was offline for a few days.  There was some problem with my hosting company that they never fully explained.  Sounded a bit like a DOS, possibly from or to a compromised site.  Didn't stop the 900 or so spam messages getting through though...

Comment spam

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Just clearing out my RSS feeds this morning.. one that I still haven't marked read is this comment spam gem:

Hello, i read your
blog from time to time and i own a similar one and i was just wondering if you 
get a lot of spam remarks? If so how do
you reduce it, any plugin or anything you can recommend?
I get so much lately it's driving me mad so any
support is very much appreciated.

Yes, someone comment spamming me talking about comment spam.  Losers.

I've also had a few more Australian companies paying comment spammers, including Red Leaf Window Cleaning of Sydney (sydneywindowcleaningservices.com.au), Gutter Cleaning Team Brisbane (guttercleaningbrisbaneservices.net.au)  - these two are possibly the same company, having the same contact mobile number, and also Cow Hide Rugs Australia of Taren Point in Sydney (cowhidesrugsaustralia.com.au).  It's really sad that these businesses have no idea about the internet and are paying lowlife SEO companies to piss bloggers like me off with comment spam.  Hate.
So I went through my comment archives and found *six* comment spams from 203.217.2.46, several of them spamvertising Australian companies.  A quick google search shows that this iiNet address has been spamming people since January.  What are iiNet doing about it?  Nothing I would guess.  I emailed their abuse address, but I doubt anything will be done.

And I'm still disgusted that Australian companies would sink so low as to pay comment spammers to increase their Google rankings.
The other day I posted this rant about an Australian company using comment spam on my blog.  Further investigation revealed six comment spams from the one iiNet IP address - 203.217.2.46.  Several of them were spamvertising Australian companies, including the first one, Adamant Solutions; as well as Washroom Products of Mawson Lakes, South Australia; ERW Engineering of St Helens Park, NSW; Unreel Fishing Charters of Melbourne; Mini Bins Adelaide; and Anything Hot Water of the Gold Coast.

The owner of the last one contacted me about the rant.  As it turns out, he had paid an SEO company called SiteClick (run by the aforementioned Adamant Solutions!) to increase his website's Google rankings.  If you look at their website, one of the things on it is this:

Link Building Campaign

Your website is submitted to thousands of online directories, websites and online article resources by our trained link building campaign staff. Submissions are setup and managed by our team of highly trained Search Engine Optimisation specialists.
So they submit their site to thousands of websites.  In other words, they use the comments feature of my blog to post a link back to these other company's websites.  In the blogiverse this is known as comment spamming and it PISSES US ALL OFF!!!!  It may not be illegal but it's damned dirty.

You know those ads for places that let you "work from home" and "all you have to do is fill in forms on the internet"?  This is what those people do.  They employ humans to get around the ReCaptchas on blogs which prevent bots from doing it.

These poor unsuspecting companies have paid SiteClick to increase their Google rankings, at the expense of giving themselves a bad name on the internet and enraging bloggers like me.  
Today I got a piece of comment spam on an old blog entry spamvertising an Australian company.

I was appalled.  I expect this sort of behaviour from overseas "companies" and fly-by-nights and your other general dregs of the internet.

But for an Australian company to stoop so low as to use comment spam to increase their Google rankings is just pathetic.

If I lived in Adelaide there's certainly no way I'd ever be a customer!

You have provided an incredible resource.

Commenter name: Mini Bins Adelaide 
Commenter email address: mikerector@gmail.com
Commenter URL: http://<url removed>/
Commenter IP address: 203.217.2.46

Bunch of lowlife spammers!

Comment Spam

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Since the beginning of the year, comment spam has been getting past reCaptcha.  It comes in waves and it's actually been relatively quiet recently.

But got one today spamvertising "www.topwritingservice.com" that was somewhat amusing.

Term papers completing utilizes a lot of time. Why loose time? This is more easy to buy essay and take a break.

So you're a "top writing service" but can't even spell "lose" correctly or make any grammatical sense at all?  I'd love to see your quality writing if you can't even spell correctly in your spam.  

I guess the only people that would ever use a service like that would be those that are too stupid to know the difference between lose and loose.  And so they get what they deserve.

Nothing night

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Was going to do some more scanning tonight but thought I'd wait til pizza got here.  Except we called Crust Pizza at 6:55 and it's 8:40 now (we called them again 25 minutes ago) and it's still not here.  Not happy!!

In other gripes.  ReCAPTCHA has been cracked, so I've been getting more and more comment spam coming through :(:(  So now going to have to figure out some other way of stopping the spam that doesn't take me a whole weekend to figure out and implement :/

Just for fun, here's a couple of fishie pics I took last week.

Julidochromis transcriptus
Julidochromis transcriptus
Neolamprologus multifasciatus
Neolamprologus multifasciatus
Neolamprologus leleupi
Neolamprologus leleupi
8:46pm.  Still no pizza.

Stu called them again.  They're just going to do it now.  And give us credit for the next time.  *sigh*

Movable Type Nonsense

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While trying to publish my previous entry (Synthy), I was getting horrible permission denied errors.
Grrr just got another one and will have to redo this post :(
It wasn't the usual /tmp full problem this time.  Looks like you can't use i f r a m e code in MT posts... hrmm...  
hell you can't even *say* it... most disturbing!!  And very frustrating given that I've just had to redo this post *again* :(

The other bit of nonsense I was looking at while trying to figure this out, is that since August 4, I've been getting several core dumps a day in my MT cgi directory.  I looked through the logs at these times and sure enough, comment spammers were hitting my blog at the time :(  Might have to upgrade a dot point or something...

193.53.87.83 - - [04/Aug/2008:12:13:02 +1000] "POST /MT-4.01-en/mt-comments.cgi HTTP/1.0" 500 - "http://kazza.id.au/2004/09/fq-topic-posession.html" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9a1) Gecko/20060612 Minefield/3.0a1"

193.37.152.242 - - [04/Aug/2008:21:21:19 +1000] "POST /MT-4.01-en/mt-comments.cgi HTTP/1.0" 500 - "http://kazza.id.au/MT-4.01-en/mt-comments.cgi" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)"
193.37.152.242 - - [04/Aug/2008:21:21:25 +1000] "POST /MT-4.01-en/mt-comments.cgi HTTP/1.0" 200 2247 "http://kazza.id.au/MT-4.01-en/mt-comments.cgi" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)"

193.37.152.242 - - [04/Aug/2008:22:33:50 +1000] "POST /MT-4.01-en/mt-comments.cgi HTTP/1.0" 500 - "http://kazza.id.au/MT-4.01-en/mt-comments.cgi" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)"
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IT geek, originally from Sydney, moved to Canberra in 2007. Married to "the sweetie", aka Stu. Prolific photographer, Lego junkie and tropical fish keeper.

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