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Anyone else get a random spam spike?

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Jul 11, 2010 in Technology

Anyone who runs or reads a blog knows comment spam is a royal pain in the @$$. Fortunately there are software tools like Akismet that screen out most of the mess. The (minor) tradeoff is that you have to go through the comments flagged as spam just in case there’s a false positive.

Here at law:/dev/null we’ve averaged about 6 spam comments a day pretty much since we started, with an occasional jump here or there to a dozen or so.┬áBut for some reason over the past couple days there’s been a huge spam spike. Here’s a screenshot of my Akismet stats:

Random spam spike...

Anyone else had similar spam activity over the past 48 hours? I haven’t made any recent software changes that would expose the blog to attack, so I’m assuming it’s just elevated botnet-type activity. But I’d like to see if this is a localized phenomenon in case I need to take more steps to harden the server.

Insights from fellow blawgers are appreciated :)

I’m also going to work on some back-end tweaks before going to bed tonight. If somehow I accidentally block you from commenting, send an email to tdot [at] lawdevnull.com and let me know so I can fix it :*

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