The Tsunami of Spam

March 16th, 2011

By Tom Carter

Comment spam, as opposed to the e-mail spam that pops into your inbox, is the junk that often appears in the comments sections of blogs and other websites that provide access to the public, e.g., newspaper websites.  It’s like a tsunami — it comes, and it keeps on coming, inexorably inundating a website.

Websites try to protect themselves in a variety of ways, sometimes using more than one method.  Some use CAPTCHA boxes, requiring anyone who wants access to read and type a nonsense word in no known font to keep computers from reading them.  Some require moderation of all comments, a very time-consuming process that requires that every comment be read by an administrator before it’s posted.  Others use software programs integrated into website software to detect and hold or eliminate spam.  One of the best-known and most effective of these programs is Akismet, which is used to protect Opinion Forum.

We get 10 or more spam comments for every one legitimate comment.  Akismet very rarely lets a spam comment get on the website, and it virtually never mistakenly flags a real comment as spam.  It all works from their system, which “learns” from all users who encounter comment spam.

Some of the commercial comment spam, which is most spam, is just full of commercial links.  Some of it has text, either randomly generated words that make no sense at all or attempts to say something that at least appears like a real comment (and may have been machine-translated).  In either case, they’re also full of commercial links.  Aside from the commercial spam, some of it is just trolls mucking with the world — probably pimply-faced teenagers and twenty-somethings lounging around in their parents’ basements.

I thought you might enjoy some of the text from one of today’s commercial spams:

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Both examples of frail embody are as follows:

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Hindmost painfulness:

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Whatever professional awards these guys can compete for (there must be one!), this doofus deserves a nomination — and a special place in hell for himself and all his fellow spammers.

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3 Responses to “The Tsunami of Spam”

  1. Clarissa |

    This is truly priceless. I think this is a rant of a demented person rather than spam.

    The kind of spam that annoys me a lot is when a) people try to sell me fake college diplomas and b) people try to interest me in purchasing a nice Eastern European bride. As an Eastern European woman with many real diplomas, I feel annoyed that anybody would waste time on such an egregious case of carrying coals to Newcastle.

  2. Tom Carter |

    I might agree, except for the commercial links that were included in the spam comment. I don’t know whether these things are generated by individuals who get paid on some basis like the number of times they get something posted or whether it’s done by companies somewhere. Much of it is coming from Russian (.ru) and Polish (.pl) domains, I suppose because it gets them out of the reach of law enforcement in other countries.

    This is one of those cases where I wish I were a warlock and could throw a curse on these worthless … well, you know what I mean.

  3. Tom Carter |

    This is a small part of the text from another spam today for the same product:

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    In happening you love problems with your liver, breadbasket or kidney you should inform that to the theologist that prescribes you this nourishment. …

    Well. I’ll have to consult with my theologist to see if my breadbasket is strong enough to hump the emancipationist….

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