Since I am running my blacklist to prevent spam on WordPress Blogs, many days have passed and I was curious again of what happened behind the scenes and I did some statistics.
That was the basic question of the research I did during the last days, greping through the logs to find some info to get an impression of the blacklists effect. Now I know, it isn’t in vain. If we’d say we have 10000 requests we would get about: 9000 Spam Comments 1000 Ham Comments 100 Reports
Everybody who is about to disagree with my headline might say that malware is free as it just stops by on your computer if it got some security holes due to missing patches or bad configuration. I do not disagree with that as there were no costs for the programmer, no licensing fees – a perfect example of […]
Today I had one of those typical spam malware in my mailbox, showing that Microsoft Outlook is one of the most widely used mail programs, being attacked all the time: Microsoft Outlook Notification for the firstname.lastname@example.org Support [email@example.com] Sent :Thu 15/10/2009 06:38 To firstname.lastname@example.org Attachment install.zip (12kb) You have (6) New Message from Outlook Microsoft – Please re-configure […]
My blacklist service runs fine by now and I have checked the results on a regular base. Fact is, that there are some IP ranges delivering quite much spam – so I decided to blacklist the ‘gaps’ in between the addresses as it is to suspect that those IPs might also get active. To recognize those ranges, the […]
It is wonderful if you know that a plan is working – especially if it’s your own one. Regarding the WP-Blackcheck plugin, it might even fot more here as I was observing less and less spam comments into the moderation queues of the sites I manage. To get some numbers I tried to deactivate a number of other […]