Two Spammy Hacky type things that have happened this week:
1) My Twitter Account Was Hacked
Well, I’m not sure “hacked” is the right word here, I actually invited them in and made them a cup of tea and sandwiches by STUPIDLY clicking on a bad link when this arrived:
I’m usually more alert to dodgy links, I haven’t been caught out before on Twitter, but I was half asleep, it came from a blogging friend, and without thinking properly I clicked on the link. So of course what happened subsequently was that my Twitter followers were sent something like that from my account, with a few variations on the wording.
When your Twitter account sends out bad stuff, people tell you about it. At first that’s good, you need to know. But I ended up with about 40 people telling me that my account was doing this, and they were coming at me from everywhere – on Twitter, by email, on Facebook, even as a blog comment on another blog I write for. I’m sorry that I’m complaining about this, I know you were all being helpful, but in the end I was thinking “I KNOW!!!”
I also had a few people getting annoyed at me for it, which was a bit much considering that they had done exactly the same thing as I had, which was to fall for it, and click on the link! We did the same thing guys, so don’t get mad at me ok? But nevertheless, I do apologise to those of you who were affected by my stupidity (on this, or in general!).
I quickly changed my password once I realised what was happening, and hopefully that’s the end of it, and I learned my lesson.
2) Spam Comments Slipping Through on Blog
Generally I find the WordPress spam filters to be very good, loads of spam ends up in my spam folder and that shows it works, very few slip through and actually get published on a post. However one post that I wrote well over a year ago has been getting hit for several months. Now, at least two bits of spam a day make it past the filters and end up published live on that post, and each time I mark them as spam to get rid of them.
I decided to contact WordPress support about this, to see if there was anything I could do. It just seemed strange that it was only happening on that one post. It turns out, according to them, that I am lucky. Apparently lots of other WordPress bloggers get hundreds and thousands of spam comments getting through and being published live on their posts every day. Hundreds and thousands! Here is a screenshot of my support conversation:
If you can’t read that, you can go to it here (the screenshot above was the full conversation at the time I grabbed it, but someone else has just commented on it now, so I don’t know if there will be more). Sorry to timethief if I seemed a bit grouchy in my responses!
But I’m interested, do any of you on wordpress.com get hundreds and thousands of spam comments not being caught by the spam filters and ending up published on your posts? If so, how do you cope? Remember, we’re not talking about the spam that ends up in your spam folders (bolded for extra emphasis :) ) just the stuff that makes it through to appear on your live post pages. I still find it hard to believe, but hey, what do I know, I’m the type of gal that clicks on bad Twitter links!