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 facebook.com/profile.php?id=10000340… 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…

Attractive component of content. I just stumbled upon your site and in accession capital to assert that I acquire actually enjoyed account your weblog posts. Any way I will be subscribing to your augment or even I success you get admission to consistently quickly.

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.

Author: Cymre

Disc priest and relic hunter who loves collecting achievements, silver dragon shots and pets. Other hobbies include transmog / costumes, novelty items and all things pets.

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8 Comments

  1. Hello, would you like to buy a sexleg? 1,000 gold and you get added orcbutt!

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  2. OK well that was a drama. I wonder if I hadn’t said anything poor Cym would have days and days of no comments..

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  3. ok So the spam thing.. you may wanna check out wordpress hash cash (or is that cash hash) i can’t remember i had to disable since I trying jetpack comments but That along with – http://www.google.com/recaptcha Which there is a plugin that links to That captcha in WordPress also And both do work with Akismet

    I’ve used all three on a varity of my domains and never had any issue or had as much spam.

    And yes i tried to answer and couldn’t either, nice you got it sorted.

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    • LMAO, well maybe since I know you Rio, I’ll think about it…

      Yep Nav, I would have wondered if it was something I said wrote. Actually it was a bit like when I changed hosts and I didn’t have my regular commenters for ages, like Tome, Matty and some others =/

      @Night – thx for trying to comment as well and the info :)

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  4. Lately I’ve been getting the ones that fool you if you don’t pay attention, just a quick glance and you see gaming terms and think it’s a real comment, they’re getting crafty. I miss the carrot cake ones!

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  5. Hope it all works out for you, the battle against spam. :)

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