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azurelunatic: Azz: Spamwhacker, with a white dreamsheep on a stalk growing up out of the grass like a flower (spamwhacker)
[personal profile] azurelunatic
Hi, Dreamwidth!

Since I saw a couple people wondering, I wanted to confirm that there is a known spam campaign that leaves anonymous comments with a subject that looks like a cat walked over the keyboard while a second cat was repeatedly batting the caps lock key off and on, with the body containing a vague compliment with at least one word where the letters have been artfluly rearranged.

The keysmash subject is likely a unique identifier, so the spammer can tell which specific comment got through when it checks or searches later.

Why the vague compliments? Well, a compliment may well fit in to the existing conversation, and may be a way of attempting to build up a reputation as harmless/helpful for that IP address.

Why no spammy links? This may be merely a test campaign, to see how soft a target we are. Or they may just be attempting to build up good reputation so that when they do make with the links, they won't immediately get kicked off the site. Or they may not have anyone paying them to spam right now. But the IP that's emitting gibberish and compliments today is surely tomorrow's viagra-and-handbags vendor.


If you find that you've been getting keysmash-and-misspelled-compliments, please do go ahead and delete them as spam if you have the time and energy. A lot of them, even old ones, are from unique IP addresses, so you may have been the only one hit by that particular specific source.

If you have questions about other comments that don't fit this pattern, you can ask: here, in Support, in the latest [site community profile] dw_news entry, and probably some other places. There are usually a lot of helpful people around who either know off the tops of their heads, or know where to find a spamwhacker.