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WordPress Admin Accounts Suffer Brute Force Attack

WordPress Admin Accounts Suffer Brute Force Attack

Ars Technica reported a widespread brute force attack on WordPress sites on Friday. Simply put, a horde of infected computers are trying many common password combinations against the default administrator WordPress account. Once the admin account is compromised, the WordPress site joins the fray. Think Mongol-style conquest in the blogosphere. That’s right, I wrote blogosphere. […]

The Kind of Astroturfing Requests I Get

The Kind of Astroturfing Requests I Get

“Grass roots” is an over-used term that means enthusiasm, support, or ideas come from common folks, from the “ground up.” The phrase gained popularity in an age where most felt that big business, big government, or big brother were dominating the mindscape of the populace. Over time, anything grass roots was trusted more than official […]

Spam Wave From Facebook, and reCAPTCHA Re-Enabled
By September 14, 20110 Comments Read More →

Spam Wave From Facebook, and reCAPTCHA Re-Enabled

At the start of the year I started using reCaptcha to cut down on the amount of spam I was receiving in the comment moderation queue. I ran it for a few months, but it didn’t decrease the amount of human-crafted “astroturf” spam I was getting. My hope was that the additional step would bore […]

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How to Avoid Facebook Scams and What to Do If You Screwed Up

How to Avoid Facebook Scams and What to Do If You Screwed Up

Here’s how to identify common Facebook video or wall post scams, and what to do if you clicked on one by accident.

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reCAPTCHA added to comment section

reCAPTCHA added to comment section

Anti-spam plugin Akismet has saved Gibberish from over 150,000 spam comments since I started using it in October of 2006. It has been absolutely wonderful, especially since it is free. However, there are some “comments” that slip through. A few of these are straight up automated spam bots, with dozens of links to sites for […]

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It was not a booty text

It was not a booty text

I got this text message over the weekend from “Marietta”: (favecute.com) Gail said you would really want to see that site I was obviously suspicious, but the text was relevant enough as to be an actual text. I don’t know a Marietta, but I do know a Gail from the contract prior to my current […]

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