A few days ago I noted that this blog is under a severe spam attack series. Still true, and the spam has increased.
Looking at the spam, the top spammers look really odd. For years internet pornography and sex talk sites dominated spam, but after the arrest of some top spammers in those fields, it dropped off dramatically.
Today? Here is a list of six top spammers I’ve got, hitting me with more than 100 spam posts per hour, combined:
- Quirk Volkswagen, in Manchester, New Hampsire; one of the ip addresses used is 22.214.171.124
- San Diego Aston-Martin (maybe I should be flattered?), including this ip address: 126.96.36.199
- OnlyExotic.com, including 188.8.131.52 — a seller of exotic automobiles
- Paul Cerame Kia in Florissant, Missouri, from 184.108.40.206
- getforeverrecovery.com, apparently a privately-run detoxification and rehabilitation facility, 220.127.116.11
- Keller Grover, LLP, a California law firm, including 18.104.22.168
Were I less familiar with spam, I’d think each of these organizations is near bankruptcy, and each is desperately trying to get enough traffic to keep the doors open. But after years, I’ve discovered that the most desperate generally cannot afford to waste time spamming.
I’d almost wager that these organizations and companies hired some public relations group to “place” their ads across the internet and get hits on the ads. And I’d almost wager they are unaware of what their hirelings are doing. A lot of the spam links directly to promotional videos on YouTube. Yes, it’s against YouTube policies to use spam video links.
What do you think customers of these companies would think, if they knew? Do you think they get significant business from a thousand comments on Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub?
Yes, I’ve protested to these people at their comments sections and by e-mail.
Update: Heh. Not 12 hours later, someone sent me this link, where Quirk VW said:
Our dealership maintains a strict “no-spam” policy. Subscribers to our e-mail services (or any other feature/service found on our Web site) will not receive unsolicited e-mail messages from us.
That’s my problem: I didn’t send them any e-mail!