WordPress Upgrade leads to New Comment Spam Deluge

Weird Comment Spam

I don’t know if it’s linked, or not, but since the WP upgrade a few days ago I’ve had an extra type of comment spam fall into my spam filters.

Thankfully the spam filters worked, but still filled up the “spam comment” area for further perusal.

Maybe it’s a plugin?  Whatever.

Dodgy Domains and IP Addresses

If you see a domain like this in your WordPress inbox;

hkridklflsdfkfgjsdfgfdfg.com

Then it’s spam!! (pretty obviously).  Below is a sample from the comments moderation area:

You’ll see that several IP addresses appear, even under the same “random keyboard domain”.

A variety of email addresses are also there, mostly gmail ones.  Are they real?   A.  I don’t know or care actually, and I certainly haven’t the time to check up on them!

Anyway.  Watch out!  The ongoing battle between good and bad coders continues – WordPress comment spam is only part of it.

Weird URL

Another portion of my spam list contained a backlink URL to:

http://parapanta.net/paragliding/%EF%BD%90%EF%BD%81%EF%BD%92%EF%BD%81%EF%BD%87%EF%BD%8C%EF%BD%89%EF%BD%84%EF%BD%85%EF%BD%92-%EF%BD%94%EF%BD%85%EF%BD%93%EF%BD%94-%EF%BD%8D%EF%BD%8F%EF%BD%96%EF%BD%89%EF

If you follow this through, it takes you to this DABLU WordPress Themes website shown here on the left as a screendump, but with the same paragliding URL on a 404 page there.

The URL “https://www.parapanta.net/paragliding/” actually works and if you go to the domain root you’ll find that it’s a hidden Romanian WHOIS.

The whole thing is weird, and I suspect, part of a wider form of bad-web manipulation.  Whether the domain owner or hosts know anything about it, I don’t know.

Perhaps the backlink I’ve provided will in time force them to check its source?  Watch this space.

By Strangely

Founding member of the gifted & talented band, "The Crawling Chaos" from the North-East of England.

2 comments

  1. Akismet has just gone up from Version 2.4.0 to Version 2.5.0 so hopefully this will address this small increase in naffness that I've noticed.

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