Stonekettle Station has become the target of botnet spammers.
This is annoying but not particularly surprising. The blog’s readership has increased dramatically in recent years. Most of my posts get linked to on various social media sites and Stonekettle Station routinely appears in top search results for various subjects.
I suppose, given the nature of the internet, it was inevitable I’d attract the spammers sooner or later.
I also have reason to suspect that a certain amount of this crap was recently aimed in my direction by people who don’t like what I have to say.
At first it was mostly annoying, but over the last few weeks managing the increasing amount of automated comment spam is taking up more and more of my time. Today for example, I’ve had more than a hundred and twenty attempts by botnet controlled computers trying to attach spam comments to various posts. The most recent gun control essay is being hit repeatedly every fifteen minutes.
Frankly I’m sick of dealing with it.
Managing comment trollage is enough of a headache (especially on topics like gun control) without wading through steaming piles of spam too.
At this point I have three options for dealing with this crap, 1) I can just say to hell with it and allow the spam to post, or 2) I can turn off anonymous commenting and require every commenter to have a valid web ID, either a Google Account or one of the various OpenID’s, or 3) I can turn on word verification and make commenters prove their humanity.
I think you know me well enough that it will come as no surprise to learn that I’ll end up on Dancing with Stars as Bristol Palin’s Man Doll before I allow these obnoxious cockroaches to shit all over my site. Spamming should be a hanging offense and the world would be a better place if we hunted these sons of bitches down and stretched their necks until their eyes popped out. There’s no damned way I’ll allow this crap to post, period. That’s non-negotiable.
I think forcing people to register for a Google account or other ID is a bit obnoxious, though I am considering it since it’s likely to cut down on the anonymous trollage. It never ceases to amaze me how anonymity brings out the utter assholerly in certain people. However, turning off anonymous commenting is likely to impact a number of regular commenters, I’m loath to remove the option just to save myself some aggravation.
So, that leaves word verification.
The changes should take effect immediately.
And on a related note: For the love of Cthulhu, Folks, if you don’t have a good up-to-date firewall and virus protection, you’re part of the problem. There’s no excuse for this. You don’t belong connected to the internet without protection. Period. And don’t give me this crap about how you’ve got a Mac or Linux Box or you’re running an old Commodore 64 so you don’t need no stinkin’ protection. You do. Infected computers aren’t just your problem, they affect everybody on the internet. Infected computers can be hijacked and become zombies without the owner even knowing. Zombie computers, i.e. those infected with certain types of malware, are the source of nearly all the spam and the other harmful crap that clogs the internet and robs us all of time and money and bandwidth every single day. If you’re operating an unprotected computer, you’re a major part of the problem. So don’t be.
Likewise, if you’re the kind of chowderhead that actually clicks on spam links in blog comments or in email, then you’re a menace. Listen, it’s time somebody told you this, those hot babes that want to have sex with you? Yeah, those are dudes. Russian mafia dudes. Now, truthfully, they will screw you, but you won’t like it. Also,that nice Christian lady in Nigeria that wants you to help her steal millions in oil money for the children? Yeah, that’s a dude too. A fourteen year old con artist in a Freetown internet café. it’s a scam. Repeat, it’s a scam. Stop. Clicking. On. The. Links. Stop it. Stop it right now. You’re screwing up the internet for everybody else. Knock it off.
If you don’t understand that computer stuff then educate yourself, do it now.
There’s plenty of information available and if you can find this site, you can certainly find time to educate yourself and protect your machine.
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With word verification enabled, the spam stopped immediately.
Honestly, after weeks of this noise, the sudden cessation is awesome covered in awesome sauce with little awesome sprinkles on top.