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"/map.html" spammers as referring sites (5 posts)

  1. arcanewinter
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    This isn't specifically a WordPress problem, but it's related to spam in my comments. I like to keep an eye on my referring sites list, and this last time I checked, I noted that random sites ending with "/map.html" dominated my list of referring sites. A quick look at the spam comments Akismet caught shows the same in the URL field.

    I'm wary of visiting these sites for fear of viruses and other malware shenanigans. Is anyone else familiar with this particular spamming scheme? In particular I'm concerned about these sites bearing links to mine--the comment spam they produce is of less importance, thanks to Akismet. Now I'd like to find a way to get them off my referring sites list. Many of the sites seem to have the same IP, which is handy, but that won't help if the computer accessing my pages, referred by the map.html page, is on another IP, right?

  2. Trent Adams
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    The referring sites my be blog scrapers that steal your content and link back. Is that the case? That is done through "trackbacks" so you can stop a great deal of this by adding additional security like the Bad Behavior plugin (just search the forums here for the link). That stops most of my trackback spam.

    Trent

  3. whooami
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    i know the map.html sites youre speaking of ..

    Drop this into your .htaccess after the wordpress stuff (after the # END WordPress)

    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^(.*)map.html(.*)$ [NC]
    RewriteRule ^.* - [F]

    This will not stop them from coming btw, it just sends them a 403

    ...and so you know, theyre are nearly 20 or so sites that do this.. that rule will catch of them as they all use map.html

    wonder if its time to share my icky referers htaccess list.

    I also currently block over 47000 IPs. :P (only 20 or so are actually blocked via my .htaccess)

  4. Trent Adams
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I would be interested if you are willing to "share" the referers htaccess list ;) I will contact you via your site!

    Trent

  5. arcanewinter
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Thanks, Trent and whooami! I will follow both pieces of advice.

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