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Google Appliance Mail Update 2

Wow. Seeing is believing. After nearly three days, my catchall account in the Google Domain Appliancehas caught 67,930 messages; and has 3,185 messages in the Inbox. The amazing stat is at the bottom of the mailbox: “You are currently using 864 MB (42%) of your 2048 MB.” Looking through the messages, it looks like the […]

Google Appliance Mail Update 1

I just logged into the catchall account for the domain I added to Google’s Web appliance. Spam to the old box in my office has slowed to a trickle (only 61 messages last hour, down from 1,237 for the same hour yesterday). In the Google Web Appliance, there are 2,596 spam messages caught, 12 missed […]

Gmail

Back in May (see Gmail Collection) I detailed my results in sending a spam-only domain’s email to a new account at Gmail. I just logged into that Gmail account, there are 55,460 messages in the inbox, using 402MB. All but three messages are from January to May 2006 when I stopped forwarding mail. In the […]

Have you upgraded Akismet lately?

In the process of cleaning up after the comment spam bomb yesterday, I noticed that my Akismet plugin is a little out of date. I was running 1.15, and the Akismet download page says they now have version 1.21. After downloading and installing, I see it is actually reported as version 1.81. I’ve asked Akismet […]

Renaming wp-comments-post.php does not help

Yesterday afternoon I renamed the default comments post file from wp-comments-post.php since I was being hit hard by comment spammers. The new filename started getting hit softly about 10 hours later, although the old filename is still being hit. So unless you change the comment post filename regularly, it doesn’t do much good.

Automated Blocking of Comment Spammers

I wrote a quick shell script to collect the IP addresses of the comment spammers. And then I’m adding them to a DENY blocklist in apache. Should I use iptables via killroute? Time to do some learning. The rate of oncoming spam attempts has slowed a bit, 233 attempts blocked by the renamed comment script; […]

Comment Spammers Causing a DOS

Over the last few months the web/mail server running PlanetMike.com has locked up randomly, although usually at night. It always resulted in needing a hard reboot. My web host says it was simply running out of RAM. So I’ll be moving to an upgraded server shortly. Just now I noticed my site was coming up […]

Usage Statistics for PlanetMike.com: 2006

Summary by Month Month Daily Avg Monthly Totals Hits Files Pages Visits Sites KBytes Visits Pages Files Hits Dec 2006 16,805 14,609 8,793 2,809 41,165 5,879,258 87,079 272,604 452,882 520,955 Nov 2006 16,775 14,736 8,641 2,645 44,589 5,877,010 79,357 259,244 442,109 503,253 Oct 2006 17,839 15,504 8,547 2,765 50,249 5,956,179 85,739 264,966 480,629 553,014 Sep […]

Happy New Year! The First Penny Stock Spam of 2007

Wow, only 37 minutes into 2007, and the penny stock spam has already started. WE WANT TO REPRESENT YOU ANDROS ISLE DEVELOPM (AVPJ.PK)! BUY AVPJ JUST AFTER NEW YEAR. THE ALARM IS STARTED!!! AND IT IS GOING TO BURT! WE REPRESENT FOR YOU THE NEXT PRICES: TARGET PRICE IN 1 WEEK: 0.72$.BUY IT NOW! USE […]