Blam and ReCAPTCHA

Lately I’ve experienced a huge influx of blog spam (otherwise known as Blam) predominately from facebook. Most likely because I recently created my Bubbles of Mischief facebook page for some cross-promotion but it’s become a lot more apparent overnight. I woke up to find 50 spam comments all from… or similar. I usually have Akismet running as well as three other anti-spam filters.

But check out some of the comments I’ve been getting lately.

i love how people freak out when there’s a 2v1. this game isn’t sseuoppd to be fair. this game is about finding every scent of advantage and use it. if you get the chance, do it.before you know it, raid bosses start QQing for 25v1 battles

That’s right, these spambots even include some of the lingo we’re familiar with in WoW (typos and all), in what casually looks like a combination of someone else’s comment as well as some dodgy cut ‘n paste snippets.

But what about this one? No real reference to WoW but I thought it was worth adding…

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Um, What??

Gone are the ones that wanted to give me their carrot cake recipes or asked me to add some images to my blog. HELLO! you obviously haven’t met me before… maybe that’s my niche, or at least part of it. It really depends on what I’m writing about at that moment, unless of course it’s a rant post when you’ve seen those sporadic verbose offerings.

So for now, I’ve reactivated the Spam Free WordPress plugin I was trialling for about a day. At least it’s not as annoying as the ones you need to decipher the alphanumeric sequences although I must be getting better at those because it doesn’t spit my comments back at me with another CAPTCHA sequence. This one uses a cut & paste job so I have faith that you can all do that at least :P

Edit: OK, well this didn’t quite work out the way I had hoped. Since a few people were having issues commenting on the blog, I’ve since deactivated the plugins in question – ReCAPTCHA (AVH F.D.A.S Component) and AVH First Defense Against Spam – WPMU DEV Version. Thanks to Navi for bringing it to my attention and Rioriel and Dragonray for helping out with the testing.

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