Trackback spam is going crazy

I'm seeing a ton of trackback spam here lately. What's going on? Someone is stealing my content, then tracking back to my blog here, all in an attempt to get traffic and spiders to come and visit. I've been marking all these things as spam. I think that Akismet (the blog spam killing service I've been using) has been using that feedback because other bloggers, like the BestBlog blog, notice that the spam problem gets better over time. I won't link to the sites that are doing this spamming, but if you go to centplus.com you'll see one such spam site.

I hate sites like this!

Comments

  1. Yeah, I’ve seen an increase as well, and most are unrelated to the original post as Darren mentioned. Akismet seems to handle the bulk of them though, and I only end up moderating a small number.

  2. Yeah, I’ve seen an increase as well, and most are unrelated to the original post as Darren mentioned. Akismet seems to handle the bulk of them though, and I only end up moderating a small number.

  3. Yep, I’ve been seeing the same thing and Akismet has started to pick them up and require moderation – hopefully in a few days it will pick them up as outright spam and not bother me about it.

  4. Yep, I’ve been seeing the same thing and Akismet has started to pick them up and require moderation – hopefully in a few days it will pick them up as outright spam and not bother me about it.

  5. Those spammers will stop at nothing! And the annoying thing is that your trackback Scoble showed up in the akismet cue. It’s a good thing that I spotted it.

  6. Those spammers will stop at nothing! And the annoying thing is that your trackback Scoble showed up in the akismet cue. It’s a good thing that I spotted it.

  7. I’ve recently had huge amounts of trackback spam. In the past I moderated all comments to my little blog, because I couldn’t find a suitable solution that didn’t require hacking of my WordPress code.

    A couple of days ago I discovered Spam Karma 2 which works as a plugin and it’s incredible at detecting and reporting spam.

    http://unknowngenius.com/blog/wordpress/spam-karma/

  8. I’ve recently had huge amounts of trackback spam. In the past I moderated all comments to my little blog, because I couldn’t find a suitable solution that didn’t require hacking of my WordPress code.

    A couple of days ago I discovered Spam Karma 2 which works as a plugin and it’s incredible at detecting and reporting spam.

    http://unknowngenius.com/blog/wordpress/spam-karma/

  9. hi
    same to me – but we (friend of mine and me) solved a big part of the problem by installing mod_security und deny_hosts on our servers. so the most homepages and blogs which where hosted on no-panic.at (main domain) get less spam, around 80% till 100%.

    and the next way to build a trackback-barricade is using akismet at wordpress and serendipity blogs.

  10. hi
    same to me – but we (friend of mine and me) solved a big part of the problem by installing mod_security und deny_hosts on our servers. so the most homepages and blogs which where hosted on no-panic.at (main domain) get less spam, around 80% till 100%.

    and the next way to build a trackback-barricade is using akismet at wordpress and serendipity blogs.

  11. Yeah, there seems to be a huge spike in trackback spam over the past week or so. Thank god for Akismet is all I have to say.

    The problem with using ipchains, denying, etc. is that most of these trackback spams are not coming from a single IP range. It almost appears as if there is a virus or trojan out there at work, hijacking computers and using them to auto-post the trackback spam. Most of the IPs I am seeing are from Europe, South America, and the Pacific rim.

    Cheers.

  12. Yeah, there seems to be a huge spike in trackback spam over the past week or so. Thank god for Akismet is all I have to say.

    The problem with using ipchains, denying, etc. is that most of these trackback spams are not coming from a single IP range. It almost appears as if there is a virus or trojan out there at work, hijacking computers and using them to auto-post the trackback spam. Most of the IPs I am seeing are from Europe, South America, and the Pacific rim.

    Cheers.

  13. Yep, same problem here, in the last couple of days, my spam count with spam karma has gone from 400 to 1,500. Thank goodness for spam karma!!

  14. Yep, same problem here, in the last couple of days, my spam count with spam karma has gone from 400 to 1,500. Thank goodness for spam karma!!

  15. [...] Over the last couple of days I’ve been getting hammered by trackback spam. My spam count, via Spam Karma, as gone from 400 to 1,500. If you are getting the same problem then you should consider downloading Spam Karma, none of the spam has hit my blog and the only reason I know about it is because Spam Karma keeps a count of it. Sounds like Scoble’s got the same problem too. [...]

  16. [...] Also saw reference to this on Scoble’s Blog. The topic changes every few hours from gambling to credit cards to travel deals. Perhaps I should just disable comments for a few days? Perhaps not. [...]

  17. [...] I took this guys advice and installed SPAM Karma a few minutes after reading about it in the cooments on Scoble. So far it’s of course too early to tell, but the plugin looks promising. I love the log that it keeps. [...]

  18. I noticed an explosion of comment and trackback spam at MSN Spaces about three months ago. The comment spam has just about disappeared the past few weeks and the trackback has tapered off. I have the feeling that MSN is working on this behind the scenes. Unfortunately, the only thing I can do to control it on my blog there is constant vigilence and spam deletion. :-(

  19. I noticed an explosion of comment and trackback spam at MSN Spaces about three months ago. The comment spam has just about disappeared the past few weeks and the trackback has tapered off. I have the feeling that MSN is working on this behind the scenes. Unfortunately, the only thing I can do to control it on my blog there is constant vigilence and spam deletion. :-(

  20. I’m getting about 5-10 spam trackbacks per day on MSN spaces – mostly from a handful of sites. I’d like to be able to report trackback spam to MSN. Also wish the interface for managing it was a little better on Spaces.

  21. I’m getting about 5-10 spam trackbacks per day on MSN spaces – mostly from a handful of sites. I’d like to be able to report trackback spam to MSN. Also wish the interface for managing it was a little better on Spaces.

  22. [...] Ever since I’ve had my own e-mail address I’ve known about spam. And now that I have my own blog, I’ve learned about comment spam. And just recently I’ve encountered a new kind of spam, trackback spam. A site called Centplus.com (Scoble has been having issues with them too) has been linking to a post I wrote about Apple a while back. [...]

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