Spammers are always busy trying to get their message to you, for what ever it is they are plugging, but I have noticed a new spammer that is doing keyword tagging along the way, making it much easier to find weak websites with no filtering for comments, making it a spammer’s paradise.
We always get spam, it is a fact of life, and a lot of effort has gone into filtering spam online using systems like Askimet, or box software purchases for exchange or pop3 servers, along with real time black hole lists (RTBL’s) in an effort to keep spammers from clogging our e-mail systems and commenting systems.
One of the more interesting spammers to show up on my site’s has a new twist, a very simple set of tags that set it apart, and is searchable in Google or Bing to let the know how many places they have pushed the message to.
“It saved so MUCH time :-)” is the tag that I have seen in a lot of comment and systems spam over the last week. What is interesting is when you plug the entire comment into Google to find there are some 620,000 sites that pop positive for that message tag. Busy spammer.
What is truly sad though is that all those sites are now tagged as easily spammed, that list alone is worth a cup of coffee, but also a sign of how some web masters have not changed with the times. If you are not using comment filtering, spam filtering today, then your site literally becomes someone else’s. While I do not want to carry messages for various male enhancement drugs, breast enlargement, or care about the sheer number of internet lotteries I win on a daily basis, some of the sites in Google seriously need to step up their comment and spam filtering.
We have seen what happens when Google thinks you are a content farm, I would lay odds that Google in order to increase relevancy in their indexes will start filtering out sites that are easily spammed. While I cannot say for sure Google will do this, it is one of those things that makes sense with Google’s drive towards quality lately. While no amount of filtering will ever clear out spammers, maybe it is time for the search engines to filter some of the more common spam tags or spammers phrases that make it through.
(Cross-posted @ Managing Intellectual Property & IT Security)