According to the maintainer of Spam Karma in his latest blog entry, a new breed of spam bot has emerged and has been released in the last few days. This new spam bot uses somewhat more intelligent behavior and can get past Spam Karma 2 sometimes. Bad Behavior, the spam protection that I use, isn’t very effective against these bots, which I can attest to since I had swarms of spams queuing up for moderation beginning last Friday.
It seems that there is an update coming to Bad Behavior which may end up stopping these new bots, but it won’t be available until Bad Behavior 2 arrives sometime this year. Michael Hampton, Bad Behavior’s maintainer has released an alpha but it will be some time before a final release will arrive. If you wish to speed the release of Bad Behavior 2 please donate to his paypal account, his laptop died on the third of January and he doesn’t have the cash to repair/replace it.
Watching a spamming attempt unfold before my very eyes, I have become furious to the point of almost writing a Word Press plug-in. Instead, I’m going to share an idea. So a certain Internet Explorer user from Europe, whom is using the IP address 188.8.131.52 and is ‘pimping’ a fraudulent online pharmacy, decided to crawl my site a few months ago. Plotting its attack, it waited, and waited. Avoiding Bad Behavior was necessary, but the simple WordPress moderation blocks kept his spam from getting through. He should have seen a 412: Precondition Failed, but somehow didn’t. The first attack lasted only 8 posts but they never caught on. The next day 12 spam posts came, and then that night 48 posts came through. This really pissed me off. I uploaded a nicely modified .htaccess file that blocked his IP address, now he sees a nice 403: Forbidden.
Instead of taking such a harsh approach on spammers I’ve though of something: how about using a black list, such as Bad Behavior’s central one, and when a spammer tries to post a comment with under 10 words and has a hyperlink, or supplies one to the “website” field, log the message as spam, the IP address, and the site url in a sql database entry and then forward the robot to the site that they tried to “promote”. That way legitimate the users of the IP address can get make quality responses, while the spammer bots will waste bandwidth of the site that they are “promoting”.
So a day after news started spreading of a horrible virus running-a-muck and I said that there could be a link to media organizations. This link may not exist, but something better has come up. Kirby Dick submitted his film This Film Is Not Yet Rated to the MPAA with an e-mail ordering them to not make copies of his documentary. While rating the film the MPAA has admitted to making copies for its employees to watch.
Nothing seems wrong with this right? No, even if I believe that copying should be fine, the MPAA doesn’t share these views on the subject and is actively attempting to force others to conform to their views. We already know that the media is a bunch of hypocrites and this only goes to further prove this fact. But, we now have precedent, “MPAA officials did this with Kirby Dick’s film, so why can’t I for archiving purposes?” is a valid argument due to their own example. Now, if they used something on the lines of DVD Decrypter or DeCSS they would be in trouble with their own DMCA law.
Ok after looking over my CSS I discovered one descrepency which made the single post pages look odd. Then I figured out the positioning problem with the top curved thingy was caused because IE doesn’t support [element] > [sub element] (element direcly under the parent element) coding but does support [element] [sub element] (element somewhere under the parent element). I had to assign the image a class so that I could gain the desired effect. Now only the PNG bug remains, which I cannot fix so IE users get a real browser.