human spam

on January 27, 2006

So, since I wrote and implemented wordverify, I have only had two comment spams slip by. They were both human-driven. I could see a clear path of them coming in to the site, go to a post, submit the comment, and get the “Please enter the security word” failure, go back, and then successfully post the comment.

It appears the reality of human-driven comment-spam is upon us. The most recent one I received is below:

Author: Colorado Health Insurance
Comment: Great blog I hope we can work to build a better health care system as we are in a major crisis and health insurance is a major aspect to many.

Interestingly, is actually an SEO (search-engine optimization) company. Could they be a “black hat” SEO company? Could they really have been so stupid as to have employees comment-spamming for their clients to increase page-rank while leaving their actual e-mail address? It’s possible that the address could have just been spoofed.

I have called the 800 number and left a message for “V. Patel” asking him to call me back, but I have not heard anything yet.