33 pages of web forum spam

Graham Cluley

I still find it mind-boggling how little some websites are doing to fight spam on their sites.

As we discussed in the 2009 Sophos Security Threat Report, and in the video of the Spike website being abused by malicious porno spammers, hackers are abusing web forums, message boards and blogs by posting links to either malware or spam websites.

It’s estimated that about 85 percent of all submitted blog comments are in fact spam, and the best websites use technology (such as CAPTCHA and textual and link analysis) to try and filter out of much of it as possible. Some of these solutions are available for free off the net and can be easily plugged into your site – so why aren’t more websites using them?

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.