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Notes from the field in the War on Spam

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Please moderate: “”. WTF?Homeland Stupidity

Mon, 09 Apr 2007 21:12:15 +0000

What is this and how do I stop it? A new comment on the post # “” is waiting for your approval Author : (IP: , ) E-mail : URI : Whois : Comment: To approve this comment, visit: To delete this comment, visit: Currently comments are waiting for approval. Please […]

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Bad Behavior is MovingHomeland Stupidity

Thu, 25 Jan 2007 16:35:52 +0000

It's time for you to update your feed links and bookmarks. Bad Behavior is moving to a new home!

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Bad Behavior 2.0.9Homeland StupidityMake a Donation.

Mon, 08 Jan 2007 11:11:04 +0000

Bad Behavior 2.0.9 has been released. It is a strongly recommended upgrade for all users. This release is likely the final release in the 2.0 series as I make a major change in the development process; see below for details on this change. This release addresses a further set of “false positive” reports received from […]

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More Bad Behavior verbose logs neededHomeland Stupidity

Tue, 19 Dec 2006 12:10:42 +0000

Last week I asked for people to send in Bad Behavior verbose logs if they had readers from certain countries. First, I want to say thank you to everyone who sent in logs. Second, it looks like I need logs from a different set of countries than those originally posted. If your blog is hosted […]

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Cyveillance Bad BehaviorHomeland Stupidity

Fri, 15 Dec 2006 10:34:14 +0000

“Online risks are becoming more complex and pervasive by the day,” says the home page of the Cyveillance web site. Indeed, one of the risks is that your Web site might be targeted by Cyveillance. The company says that it crawls the Internet looking for phishing scams, identity theft, illegal credit card numbers, trademark and […]

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Bad Behavior 2.0.8Homeland StupidityMake a Donation.

Fri, 15 Dec 2006 10:20:10 +0000

Bad Behavior 2.0.8 has been released. This version contains updates for various “false positive” reports and is recommended for all users. Updated in this release (since 2.0.7): Verizon Wireless EV-DO users are no longer blocked. Blocked requests will be subject to a two-second delay before a response is sent. (See below.) Some blackhole lists previously […]

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Bad Behavior is WordPress 2.1 ReadyHomeland Stupidity

Tue, 12 Dec 2006 05:26:00 +0000

The forthcoming release of WordPress 2.1 includes internal changes which may cause some plugins to stop functioning. Such plugins will need to be upgraded along with your WordPress 2.1 upgrade. Bad Behavior 2 has been checked against these changes and found to be ready for WordPress 2.1 without any changes required. Users upgrading to WordPress […]

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Bad Behavior verbose logs neededHomeland Stupidity

Sun, 10 Dec 2006 13:49:03 +0000

I’m now working on improved spam detection for certain circumstances where enabling Bad Behavior’s strict mode would block the spam, but would also block legitimate readers of your blogs. For this work I need verbose Bad Behavior logs from some of you, in order to analyze the legitimate readers and differentiate them from spammers. All […]

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Vote for me in the 2006 Weblog AwardsHomeland Stupidity

Fri, 08 Dec 2006 09:22:31 +0000

One of my other blogs, Homeland Stupidity, has been selected as a finalist in the 2006 Weblog Awards Best Centrist Blog category. This is wonderful news because it means I have the potential to pull in a large number of new readers to my flagship blog, increasing my revenue and freeing up more time for […]

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Thirty-fourHomeland Stupidity

Wed, 29 Nov 2006 10:01:28 +0000

Well, November 29 is my birthday. What are you getting me?

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Spam SurgeHomeland Stupidity

Tue, 07 Nov 2006 19:08:05 +0000

In the last two days I’ve seen a tenfold increase in the amount of spam being delivered, both that is being blocked, and isn’t being blocked, by Bad Behavior. While the spam started around the same time as I released Bad Behavior 2.0.7 yesterday, there doesn’t appear to be any correlation between the two. I […]

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Bad Behavior 2.0.7Homeland StupidityMake a Donation.

Mon, 06 Nov 2006 09:55:24 +0000

Bad Behavior 2.0.7 has been released. I’ve got a nice roundup of bug fixes this time around. Most people should upgrade right away to take advantage of the fixes and additional spam protections. New in this release (since 2.0.6): A bug (apparently in MediaWiki) which caused blank lines to appear on rendered pages in MediaWiki […]

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Comments, pings closed due to spamHomeland Stupidity

Mon, 16 Oct 2006 05:50:51 +0000

Comments and pings on this blog are closed until further notice. This was, I regret to say, a last resort measure. I tend to dislike blogs which don’t accept comments and trackbacks. So why close comments? The answer is simply this: This blog attracts hundreds of spams per day. And the only spam protection it […]

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Bad Behavior 2 for DrupalHomeland Stupidity

Thu, 28 Sep 2006 19:31:37 +0000

A user wrote in to let me know that Bad Behavior 2 has finally been ported to Drupal. The work is pretty early and needs some spit and polish, but you can get the early results from the Drupal site.

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Bad Behavior Blackhole UpdateHomeland Stupidity

Fri, 22 Sep 2006 21:51:16 +0000

About a year ago I started a project called the Bad Behavior Blackhole. The purpose of the blackhole was to list known sources of blog spam and to publish that data for the use of bloggers who wanted to make use of it to prevent spam. Due to lack of time, I put the project […]

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