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Apple

Wow – A Free Apple iPhone!

I had to laugh at this email message that got through my spam filter earlier today: It’s hard to read in this smaller version, but the subject line reads “larry, our 2nd shipment of iPhones has arrived. Claim yours today.”, and the highlighted text in the body says “Get your revolutionary mobile iPhone – Free […]

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Blogging

Sorry if Your Comments aren’t Up

I just sorted through this blog’s comment spam folder and found a couple of valid messages that were incorrectly flagged as spam due to some overly aggressive settings on my part. I’ve published those two comments now, but didn’t find any other legitimate ones. I apologize if your comment got deleted in this process. I’ve […]

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Blogging

How Comment Spammers do Their Dirty Work

I came across a screencast today that demos a powerful tool used by spammers to pollute message boards, wikis, blogs, and other types of online software. It’s called XRumer, and makes it easy to get through CAPTCHA tests, email confirmations, and other common techniques that supposedly prevent spammers. I’m a lot less confident in these […]