[resolved] How to stop this kind of spam? (10 posts)

  1. Will Taft
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I have been trying to filter out a specific kind of spam that Akismet does not catch. The common thread of the spam is that the body of the spam comment only contains something like this: “???? ?????” or ????? ????????!!!!!!!!!!!!).

    I tried using the WordPress admin Settings>Discussion>Comment Moderation or Comment Blacklist box to catch any comment with "???", but it does not work. I have other terms in there like "porn" and it does catch those. It just seems to ignore the line with the question marks.

    I am getting several of these spam comments every day. Does anyone know how to catch them? I could add a captcha plugin, I guess, but I don't really like those.


  2. Samuel B

    Posted 7 years ago #

    I use a combo of plugins with akismet that keep spam at zilch

    Bad Behavior

    Cookies for Comments

    Simple Trackback Validation

  3. macsoft3
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Do they use a common IP address to post those spam comments? If not, then one of a few choices you have is to go after spam sponsors.

  4. Will Taft
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Thanks - I use Akismet, Bad Behavior, and Simple Trackback Validation. The comments with the ??????? in their body still get through. I had not heard of Cookies for Comments so I looked at the link. It seems like it would be worth installing but I am unsure how it would stop these particular comments. I'll install it and see if it does stop them.

  5. Will Taft
    Posted 7 years ago #

    @ macsoft3 - No they are not common. There are so many of these comments and so widespread that I am thinking it is a new type of spam. I see spam comments like this on other WordPress blogs all the time now. Have you not come across them when visiting WordPress sites?

  6. Will Taft
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Well adding the Cookies For Comments plugin did not help. These spam comments still are posted. Here is a copy of what they look like. I have had a dozen or so already today. Is there not any way to block them?

    i did notice that the last 4 today all came from the same ip. So I blacklisted that one at least.

    New comment on your post #229 "Another Reason"
    Author : ??????? (IP: , net186-80.nn.ertelecom.ru)
    E-mail : BSA@mail.ru
    URL : http://www.ao.by
    Whois : http://ws.arin.net/cgi-bin/whois.pl?queryinput=
    "??????? ?? ????? ????"

    You can see all comments on this post here:

  7. macsoft3
    Posted 7 years ago #

    >No they are not common.

    You mean they use different IP addresses for similar spam posts?

    >Have you not come across them when visiting WordPress sites?

    No. Our spam database captures more than 600 spam posts a day. But I don't remember seeing that sort of posts recently. What is your character set, anyway? Is it UTF-8?

  8. whooami
    Posted 7 years ago #

    lol, the reason why you see this:

    “???? ?????” or ????? ????????!!!!!!!!!!!!

    is because theyre not speaking english, and your not seeing the non-english characters.

    have you never looked at a page in Japanese? or Chinese? Gotta love the Chinese spammers.

    its just spam, use some decent spam plugins and dont be bothered by it.

  9. Will Taft
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Thanks for the explanation. The thing is that I use Akisment plus the three others listed by samboll above. The ones with the foreign characters changed into question marks still always get through.

  10. macsoft3
    Posted 7 years ago #

    You may want to remove the line for the character set in the wp-config file and see what happens. Otto42 or some other moderator explained at least once before how to let WP read two-byte characters.

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