Comment Spam: Industrial Sabotoge?

A new trend in the comment spam load that you don’t see involves a concerted attempt to post irrelevant comments with links to obviously junk websites. The URLs vary, but each site’s links cross-connect it with its peers in weird ways that recycle the few real pages of content (such as it is). However, every page of every website included a specific company’s contact information at the bottom, which is truly weird; usually junk websites have no identifying marks.

Generally I ignore such crap, but after discarding several dozen such comments over the course of a week, I called the company’s phone number and, amazingly, spoke to an actual person. It’s impossible to determine honesty over the phone, but he certainly sounded like a real human who’s busy running a small company and who has no idea what’s going down.

Perhaps his internet marketing company has gone mad?

Perhaps unsurprisingly, that series of spam comments stopped immediately after I hung up the phone. I’ll never know the end of the story, even though we all know the motivation: money changes everything.

The last time this sort of thing happened, I also talked to a pleasant voice who observed that it could well be an unscrupulous competitor (or a hired “internet marketing” company) trying to smear their good name. There’s no way to confirm or deny such a claim, of course.

For what it’s worth, Akismet reports these statistics since Day Zero of this blog, back in December 2008:

  • 42,143 total spam
  • 1,982 total ham
  • 225 missed spam
  • 10 false positives
  • 99.47% accuracy rate

It’s currently killing over 150 spam comments every day, leaving only a dozen or so for me to flush. The lure of easy money seems irresistible, so there’s no hope of a letup.

2 thoughts on “Comment Spam: Industrial Sabotoge?

  1. You can try [snipped]. It has a high rate of detection and has an API that works with the majority of platforms.

    1. That looks like it will eventually grow up to do what Akisimet does right now.

      Although I use the softsolder.com domain for this blog, that resolves to softsolder.wordpress.com, which is a free WordPress blog, which means that WordPress controls the servers, which means Akisimet is the standard spam killer. Indeed, Akisimet is the only spam killer; fortunately, it works very well.

      I snipped the product name and link from your post, because a bit of due diligence shows:

      • The product is about two weeks old
      • The website is about two weeks old.
      • Google produces few hits and no useful information
      • The company (?) is based in a country notorious for spam and scams.
      • Your IP address resolves to the same country.

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