Spam: There's A Lot Of That Going Around

Last week I wrote about a spike in forum spam that Irreal is seeing (1, 2). Of course, Irreal is a small site and even on our worst days we see at most 10–15 spam comments.

Charlie Stross, a noted SF author and proprietor of Charlie's Diary, knows what a real spam problem looks like. After getting over 55,000 spams in the last two weeks, he's restricted comments to the newest 5 posts and turned off commenting altogether for a period of time hoping that the spam bots will forget about him.

I don't know why we're seeing this sudden increase or even if it's affecting more than a handful of sites. If you have a blog and have noticed an increase too, leave a comment.

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