Anti Spam

 

   Last updated: February 19, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Spam FAQ

 

  1. Who is sending me spam messages by e-mail?
  2. How can I catch the spammer?
  3. What can I do to stop spam comments at my WordPress blog?
  4. There is some guy who still manages to post spam comments. How can I stop them?
  5. What is pharmacy spam?
  6. How can I stop pharmacy spam?
  7. Do you have direct contact with comment spammers?
  8. One of your videos show damage at my website. Why don't you report the exploitation directory to us?
  9. Which spam website have you guys exactly destroyed?
  10. How can I destroy .HK websites?
  11. I reported a spam website to its domain company.  But they say that they cannot suspend or kill it.  So what?
  12. Who are these comment spammers?
  13. What is PrivacyProtect?
  14. Are you able to kill every spam website?
  15. A lot of spam links point to one domain.  Could you destory it for me?
  16. What do you know about comment spammers that come to WordPress blogs?
  17. I really want to catch the guy who coment-spam my WordPress blog.  Tell me what?
  18. How can I avoid receiving spam comments at my WordPress blog?
  19. I read an article in which you mention our website.  How did you find the exploitation at our website?  Please tell me what tools you have used.
  20. Please help us stop spam exploitations at your website.
  21. Have your websites ever been exploited?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. It's likely to be sent by an unemployed criminal with no formal education who has hijacked other people's computers.

  2. That won't be easy because you first need to locate the virus-infected zombie computer and then find the guy who is accessing that computer. 

  3. You can stop most of them, but not all, by installing anti-spam plugins and block IP addresses.  For more information on anti-spam plugs for WordPress, watch a video tutorial titled "WordPress - Introducing Simple Anti-Spam Measures," which can be found at Video Tutorials for Other Applications.

  4. Going after an invisible man won't bear fruit.  Go after something tangible instead.  One easy way of stopping spam comments is to destroy the very website that is associated with those spam comments.  Simply, watch a video tutorial titled "How to Destroy Spam Websites" for more information.  It'll take some 10 minutes to destroy a spam website.

  5. There are several large online drug stores that recruit website owners (affiliates) to get Internet traffic. These affiliates earn commissions that are usually based on the amounts that visitors have spent.  So pharmacy spam is concerned with the cybercriminal who posts a comment with a hyperlink to an online drug store.  Notorious pharmacy spam groups hijack a subdirectory of a website and install a CGI script of some sort to automatically redirect visitors to online drug stores.

  6. There are a few things you can do. One is to destroy the guy hiring a hit man.  Again, just watch "How to Destroy Spam Websites," and watch the source of the problem.  Another thing you can do is to file a complaint at your country's agency responsible for communications and regulations.  If you live in the United States, and the domain of the website is owned by an individual or a corporation residing in the United States, then you can file a complaint at FTC.

  7. No, we don't.

  8. We don't always report it because we don't get much respect for doing it.  We used to contact every victim by e-mail.  But only a few of them bothered to write and thanked us.

  9. Some of them are shown under "Notorious cyber scum group" found on the sidebar of our blog.  Ther are more.

  10. Many pharmacy spam websites nowadays have a .HK country domain.  And, basically, you can't destroy them because Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKDNR) harbor them.  APNIC may have jurisdiction for overseeing this Hong Kong-based registration body.

  11. Domain registrars have no jurisdiction over how their registrants use their domains.  That doesn't mean you can't destroy a particular website.  Find their weakness.  How did a notorious mob Al Capone end up in jail?  He was found guilty of tax evansion, not of racketeering or importing alcohol from Canada.

  12. Many notorious comment spammers who disguise their IP addresses can be located in Russia.  Some of them are from North America and India.

  13. This service is offered by a company in New Zealand.  It's been used by some Internet criminals to disguise their domain registration information.  It's a free service, according to the company, and PrivacyProtect.org simply puts their mailing address for your behalf.  We want more cyber idiots to use this service.  Why?  After registering a domain and this service, they will eventually lose both them.  It's easy to open the held private information to the public.  We've done it a few times.  In this way, cyber idiots will exhaust money, time and resources.  If you are a cyber idiot, go get it.  Here is a link - privacyprotect.org.

  14. To be honest, no.  There are some spam websites that we cannot destroy because of lack of information.  But you could on our behalf.  The only reason why a spam website can thrive for longer than a month is only because people in general don't want to waste their valuable time in destroying it, not because one particular cyber idiot is good at hiding themselves.

  15. No.  Help yourself.

  16. Many comment spammers use proxy servers to anonymise their IP addresses.  Some of them are believed to do it through zombie computers.

    Be careful, by the way, with comments like "Hi, how are you?," "ello," "hi" that are posted by visitors.  (See Screenshot 1)  This Russian spammer seems to create a channel by making a successful comment like those.  Therefore, you need to label it as "Spam" at first, and then delete it.

    The screenshot to the right also shows a spam comment by a cyber criminal.  (See Screenshot 2)  How do we know it's a spam commen?  (1) "Very good web site, great work and thank you for your service." is a common comment.  (2) This comment is posted under a very old article.  (Place your Mouse over 'View Post' to see under which article the comment is posted.)  They often try to penetrate a system by using a clean IP address with a common Thanks comment.

    comment spammer

    Screenshot 1

     

    comment spammer

    Screenshot 2



  17. Catching an invisible man takes a lot of resources and mostly cooperation from law enforcement agencies across countries.  First, identify the group/company hiring the spammer.  That won't be so difficult.  Simply, trace the links.  If you get a spam comment that leads to upspiral.com, for example, have a law enforcement agency seize payment records.  And they will be then able to find out what money goes. Tracing money will eventually enable you to identify the invisible man.

  18. Don't post a URL to your website.

  19. We simply subscribe to spam comments being sent to WordPress blogs and spam e-mail messages.  How?  We don't explain how in every single article we publish.  You are free to look around.  But don't contact and ask us which article to read and make us waste our time so that you can save yours.

  20. We can probably help you reduce spam problems at your website.  But we won't work for free as we are not funded by tax payer's money.  And there is no guarantee that we can bring results that will satisfy your expectations.

  21. Yes.  We use PHP software packages developed by third parties to save time.  A directory containing phpFormGenerator was systematically exploited in 2006.  And the software developer didn't care about its security vulnerabilities when we contacted him.  A directory containing DL PayCart that we bought from Dinkum Soft was exploited in December, 2008.  And the Australian software developer has fled.  Using PHP packages that you did not develop for yourself is a very risky practice.