Comment Spam Is Dangerous BS!

imageIf you’ve ever wondered why comments on this site, and many other sites for that matter, are held for moderation by a site administrator, the simple answer is – comment spam, and the need to control it.

Without a doubt, comments are an important part of the mix for a technology site. Comments can spark discussion (always a good thing), allow a reader to present his/her point of view, share tech wisdom, or spread the word on a unique piece of software.

But, comments are not without their share of issues; with comment Spam, in my view, being a significant problem. Spam is virtually everywhere on the Internet. In your inbox, on Twitter and Facebook and other social networks, and so it’s not surprising that you’ll find Spam comments. Recently however, I’ve seen a major increase in the amount of comment Spam.

The following comment spam (full of praise – like many are), is just a small example of the type of nonsense Spam I deal with daily. (click on the screen capture to expand to original size – 1280 x 589).

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Take a look at this one, and try to imagine the type of creep who would submit this as a comment.

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Hard as it is to believe, there are many sites that rely only on a Spam filter to sort out the wheat from the chaff. Unfortunately, this complacency can lead to the posting of comment Spam that contains dangerous links. Links, which if followed, can lead to a malware site – guaranteeing a very painful experience. The comment shown above, for example, contains a number of malicious links.

Some advice:

Be cautious when following links contained in comments on any web site.

Be particularly cautious of comments, on any web site, where the writer is describing a problem with recommended software and offers a link to alternative software.  This is a favorite technique employed by cyber-criminals.

Be cautious when following any link contained in any web site, since the latest reports indicate there are 5.8 million individual web pages infected across 640,000 compromised websites. Cyber-criminals are finding it easier than ever to inject malicious content into legitimate sites.

Be cautious following links on web forums. Forums can often be a source of dangerous links.

Since the majority of infected sites are infected with Java based scripts, consider using Firefox with the NoScript add-on active. NoScript offers superior protection.

Install an Internet Browser add-on that provides protection against questionable or unsafe websites. My personal favorite is Web of Trust, an Internet Explorer/Firefox add-on, that offers substantial protection against questionable, or unsafe websites.

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7 responses to “Comment Spam Is Dangerous BS!

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  2. Mal

    Hey Bill,
    Dress up Barbie games? This guy has serious issues lol. Thanks for being vigilant and keeping this crap off the site.
    Cheers

    • Hey Mal,

      The bad guys are everywhere. No, maybe I’m being paranoid – but then again, they really are everywhere. No, maybe I’m …… 🙂

      Dress up Barbie games – jeez, I don’t even want to think about it. lol

      Best,

      Bill

  3. TRY

    Thank you Sir for the eye-opening post.

    I get these kinds of junk always on my e-mail accounts.
    If people are suspicious of the links given,they must first check them with WOT,IPvoid,Virustotal,etc. But unfortunately many will blindly click the link without any second thoughts.
    Sadly spamming has become a huge thriving business and source for unwanted advertisements, links to malwares,phishing,etc.
    Social engineering tactics really come to play a huge role in these kinds of scams.

  4. tim

    Ive seen instances of WOT and such like it causing false warnings. Those services are helpful bit users can’t just rely on them. Smart clicking is needed in conjunction with them.

    Since I’m running Ubuntu, many malicious links can’t do too much to harm me anyhow 🙂

    Good article and advice!