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"Blog Verification" comment... what is that? (17 posts)

  1. cnymike
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I received an email from my installation of WP informing me that a new comment on a post was awaiting approval.

    Here is the content of that "Blog Approval"...

    Author : 439733 Blog Verification (IP: 82.146.98.233 , 082-146-098-233.dyn.adsl.xs4all.be)

    E-mail :

    URI : http://www.439733.ro

    Whois : http://ws.arin.net/cgi-bin/whois.pl?queryinput=82.146.98.233

    Comment:

    439733 Blog Verification

    439733

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    What is this? Is this blog spam? Some sort of probing? What. Any ideas?

  2. Nazgul
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I got the same on my blog, although the number was different.

    Seeing as it doesn't really bring added value to the blog post this was posted to and because it indeed looks like some kind of spam, I just deleted it.

  3. Mark Jaquith
    WordPress Lead Dev
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Looks like probing spam. Sometimes they just do this to see what gets past your spam filters.

  4. sickn3ss
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I also get something called "google media" and "google news and reviews" wtf.

  5. transmothra
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    i've been getting those weird verification ones too. useless. BALEETED!

  6. choosechris
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I've been getting one on almost every post I make. I'm tired of deleting them. Anyone have any ideas on how to prevent these from posting, aside from closing the comments?

  7. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Anyone on this thread using Akismet?
    Or any spam protection?

  8. robusto
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I'm using Akismet. In fact, I found this thread by googling "blog verification comment spam" after receiving my first of these today. Akismet caught them on my blog - I highly recommend it. Nothing has slipped past it in the months I've been using it, and I've only had one false positive that I had to mark as non-spam.

  9. 16punches
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I'm using the CaptCha plugin. http://www.boriel.com/?page_id=17

    I had one site that was getting a couple hundred spams/day. Got to the point where I could just sit and watch the spam pour in. No one has said anything about any trouble posting comments or that the captcha was too hard to read and it has cut my spam to only a couple per month but I might look into Akismet when I have more time.

  10. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Capcha's are nifty if you intentionally want to ensure that blind or visually-impaired folks will never leave you a comment.

  11. newflesh
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I slipped on the keys and accidentally tried to log onto AdSense with the username "a" once, and the captcha I got at the next login attempt had an audio option. So there are ways to ensure that visually-impaired people can pass the test.

    When it comes to the numbers I agree that it's probably a scheme to track blogs where the spammers have been white-listed. There are other examples, with messages like "I can buy this house for $483902, do you know if this a good time to invest?".

  12. bobharbison
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I don't know anything about what those comments are or where they come from, but I do know they are incredibly fast.

    My site has been online less than 5 hours. My url is brand new, just registered today. I haven't given the domain to anyone yet, I'm the only person who knows it exists!

    Still, I got one of those blog verification comments about an hour ago.

    Anyone have any idea how they even found out my site existed??? I hate to say it, but it seems as if it may be some kind of an inside connection to the code or the way it checks for links back to your site or something?

  13. flush
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    So, that's pretty mysterious. How does it bypass comment moderation is what I'd like to know.
    I'll activate Askimet from now on

  14. trueking7
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Just enable comment moderation and call it a day.

  15. flush
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Moderatin WAS enabled. It went tight through it, that's why I was surprised

  16. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 7 years ago #

    They're probably not comments. They're probably trackbacks. Different door to making things that look sorta like comments.

    Install Bad Behavior and Akismet. Bad Behavior straight up blocks something like 90% of these worthless things, and Akismet catches the rest.

  17. thugparlay
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    i got the same kind of comment except the url they left was not to a .ro domain but instead the trackback url to that own post on my website that they commented on.

    i ended up deleted it.

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