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September 22nd, 2004

Comment Spam

We just got an insane amount of spam from someone sending from IP address 64.237.52.18. If someone knows how to notify the internet service provider responsible for that address, and get them to stop hosting spammers, I’d be incredibly grateful.

Posted by Brian Weatherson in Uncategorized

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6 Responses to “Comment Spam”

  1. James Russell says:

    A Whois search gives this information:

    NetTransactions, LLC CHOOPA-NETBLK01 (NET-64-237-32-0-1)
    64.237.32.0 – 64.237.63.255
    Kamen Dimitrov c/o Choopa.Com CHOOPA-64-237-52-16-1 (NET-64-237-52-16-1)
    64.237.52.16 – 64.237.52.31

    No idea if that means anything to you.

  2. James Russell says:

    On second thoughts, just complain to these people:

    http://www.choopa.com/

    Looking at the whois info suggests it’s someone operating through them.

  3. Will Benton says:

    What I’ve done with some of the worse comment spammers that I’ve gotten is shut them out at the gate with the .htaccess file. This is pretty straightforward.

    Just create a file with the name .htaccess in your root web directory. (You may already have one, if MT installs its own.) Then add the following lines:

    order allow,deny
    deny from 64.237.52.18
    deny from some.other.address
    allow from all

    (You can add multiple adjacent “deny from” lines to ban other addresses.) Users from those sites will then not be able to access your page at all. You can also ban entire blocks of addresses by omitting one or more of the dotted numbers at the end of the address; therefore,

    deny from 64.237.52

    would block all addresses of the form 64.237.52.n

    You can also use a similar technique to cut down on so-called “referer spam.” Good luck!

  4. Brian Weatherson says:

    Thanks for looking that up James. I’ve sent a message to choopa and hopefully they’ll act. And thanks Will for that suggestion – I hadn’t realised I could block the entire site off that way. It’s a little sad because I want people reading the site, just not spammers.

  5. Sam Quigley says:

    Brian,
    in the future, you can check IP addresses at
    http://samspade.org/ — the whois query there is both complete and easy to use…

    -sq

  6. Gedicht says:

    gedichte Hallo, schöne Grüße aus der Schweiz! War aufregend bei euch zu schmökern, komm bestimmt noch mal wieder, bin gespannt wie’s weiter geht.