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Comment Spammers Are Evil Bastards

OK, let me rephrase that: Comment spammers are evil, but the folks who let their systems be infected by malware that turns their systems into zombies are just as bad.

On a nightly basis, the server running this site is set to do usual middle-of-the-night maintenance chores: update cPanel and various other software packages I have installed (including the great ConfigServer products), check the logs, run AWStats, etc... . Obviously, it pushes a bit of load, but I tried to spread it around the night a bit so Apache is still responsive to the few requests that will come in. Last night, this server was attacked hard by comment spammers, with my comment script on this site getting hit by zombied computers at a rate of about 100 per second. My various MT Plugins were fighting off a lot of it, but the load was still up to 30 in top at many points through the evening (according to my log reports I read in the morning). Web pages were still getting served, but just not as quick as they could've been.

Renaming my comment script, and installing this plugin hasn't put my load above .5 all day. There are still tons of requests coming in for my old comment script, but they're just getting 404s or sand trap redirects, which Apache can serve up without issues or load.

What that does mean is that if you're visiting this site with Javascript disabled, you will not be able to comment. I was trying to avoid that, as I know some folks insist on turning Javascript off in their browser, but the reality is that zombie spamming bots can read straight form tags far easier than broken up Javascript that actually gives the proper form action target. I've tested it in a few places, and it appears to work OK, but if you're noticing that you can't comment, e-mail me using the form to the right, tell me what browser you're using, and I'll see what can be done.

Posted by Jake on 12/07/06 @ 04:35 PM
Posted in Geekdom, Jake, Rants, Site Info | Permalink



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