Attack of the spam bots

Categories: Blog Stuff, Web Site
Comments: 2 Comments
Published on: December 15, 2005

I turned off the trackbacks to try to stop the spam here, but they have just moved to the comments. I woke up this morning to find that I had 110 spam comments. Looking at the logs from the web server I see that was 1/4 of the spam attempts the 404’s listed in the log were for the file trackback.php and it was just insane. So I do know deleting the trackback file did cut down on my spam big time, and there were 5 times that many 403’s from pervious IP addresses I blocked for spamming as there were the 404’s.
The server I have my website on sends out more 403’s then it does the real web page, that is just sad that spammers have made the internet a hostel place to put forms on.

All of these from the same IP addrss.

[Thu Dec 15 07:53:03 2005] [error] [client] File does not exist: /home/mike35/public_html/blog/bblog/trackback.php/87/
[Thu Dec 15 07:53:03 2005] [error] [client] File does not exist: /home/mike35/public_html/blog/bblog/trackback.php/9/
[Thu Dec 15 07:53:03 2005] [error] [client] File does not exist: /home/mike35/public_html/blog/bblog/trackback.php/85/
[Thu Dec 15 07:53:03 2005] [error] [client] File does not exist: /home/mike35/public_html/blog/bblog/trackback.php/78/

The real list is much longer from this same IP address, there are about 200 entries from that IP address the time stamp starts at 07:53:01, the attacker made over 200 requests in less then 3 seconds.
If you want to see a more compleate list click here to see the last 300 error messages from my web log

  1. Rob says:

    Is there a way to ban an IP address? I hate to think of the load your server is experiencing.

  2. Yes there is and I have a list of 1210 IP addresses banned form my site. Well when I cut and pasted the list to Excel, it too that many rows for it. Also I have blocked ranges in there, but I am counting that as one (aka 80.x.x.x and 211.x.x.x are also blocked since I get some much spam posts from those ranges)

    If you want here is my list of IP’s I have banned from my site

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