Spam attack

In one night, Denying Thumper has collected over 1,200 spam comments. The vast majority of them have been automatically quarantined, but maybe two dozen have made it through so that if I didn’t require approval for new commenters, they would have been visible on the site. I’m curious to know if this is happening only to DT or if this is a WordPress-level assault. Any other WP bloggers out there seeing massive amounts of spam today?

UPDATE: I neglected to say this is far more spam than I usually see. Like, 1,000 times more. It’s highly unusual and I don’t recall anything like it happening in the three+ years I’ve been blogging here.

11 thoughts on “Spam attack

  1. I think that it is common to WordPress, I receive quite a few, but not on the same scale as you. Generally the quarantine facility is very good so they don’t get to the stage that requires approval. Sad fact of life scummy spammers

    1. Yeah, I get them all the time. Maybe a dozen a day or so, nearly all of which are quarantined. That’s why this is so unusual. Every time I refresh my dashboard, the number’s gone up.

    1. I have two blogs on WordPress, one a little naughty 😉 and the other rather boring, well not if you are interested in Gabrielle Ray and I do get more on the first but still a similar type on the other. Perhaps they just haven’t got round to you yet LOL

  2. I got an alert from my Avast Virus protection program when I logged onto KeyHeld.com today…maybe that site is the root cause….

    1. A real one:

      “That is really attention-grabbing, You are an excessively skilled blogger. I have joined your rss feed and sit up for searching for more of your great post. Also, I’ve shared your website in my social networks”

      Sigh.

  3. Its a wordpress thing pretty much. The downside of running an industry piece of software is that it has a ‘footprint’ that spammers can use to detect if its a wordpress blog and often use programs to autofill and submit comments. I started using reCaptcha on mine which has definately helped.

    Joe

  4. So for those who care, I figured out how to make it stop. I noticed practically all of the comments were going to the About page. I disabled comments on that page about three and a half hours ago and have had only one new spam comment show up since. Before, they were coming in about one or two a minute. Over 2,100 yesterday and almost 400 before 9:00. Since then, just one.

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