[Dshield] Under attack by bloggers
malcolm.warden at virgin.net
Tue Jan 31 11:03:22 GMT 2006
I installed some new code to my phpbb last night to catch any attempt to create a new user
account by a spambot (which, if successful, would then post links back to increase its
master's site rating with Google etc).
I was very suprised to catch the first one within seconds!
The site has been live for years without any spam registrations and I believe that up to now
the robots have failed visual confirmation and just been dropped silently to the floor.
The concern is that robots are getting smarter so I needed a second line of defence.
I am now seeing these things at all too frequent intervals - mostly pointed back to
blogspot.com. The pages that they link to are meaningless semi-English probably created
by a robot but with links on to the usual suspects - poker, loans and sex sites.
Here are a couple of examples:
It seems odd to me that blogger.com is now owned by Google but clearly being abused on a
grand scale to distort Google and other searches.
I could have some fun with this - a small change in the php to censor any link to blogspot
that gets through the defences and redirect it to.... The Vatican... or ... an abuse page at
Google or ...
Anyone have any ideas about the best way to pass this on to blogger.com or Google
themselves? I could easily automate the whole thing to forward the links by e-mail.
Any other suggestions on what else to do?
-- Malcolm Warden
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