I’ve had to disable the comment functionality on my blog, because some slimy mofo is using it to promote his online casino. This has resulted in over 100 “comments” to my various postings since 6:55am today, and an inbox full of notifications. The comments all use random phrases like:
The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of spirit.
There is no great genius without some touch of madness.
Everything must justify its existence before the judgement seat of Reason, or give up existence.
But they all cite the same three URLs, which I won’t repeat here, lest I find myself promoting the cause of the scum that’s filling my database and wasting my time.
My first instinct was to purge the offending comments to date and turn on the moderation feature, which would allow me to review posts before they went live. The stream of notification messages continuing to pour in convinced me this was an insufficient countermeasure. An automated program was still posting spam, and still filling up my database. Granted, the messages weren’t displayed to my readership anymore, but a big job remained for me in shoveling all their dung out of my database and inbox.
The maggot doing this to my site obviously uses a fake email address, and though his URLs are real, his sites provide no means of contacting him and his domain names are registered by proxy. This makes a cease-and-desist order difficult to convey.
So I’ve turned the feature off entirely until I can figure out a way to implement some kind of blocking mechanism. I think I’ll always need to keep the moderation on, though. This means that anyone posting a comment won’t see it appear until I’ve had a chance to review it and ensure it’s OK.
In the meantime, if anyone sympathetic to my problem knows how to mount an effective denial-of-service attack, I’ve got a few URLs for you.