VARbuzz being pounded by spam

For reasons I can only guess at, the site is getting an inordinate amount of comment spam all of a sudden. Almost all of it is being caught, but every now and again some will make it through. Please bear with us as we seek to identify and destroy solve the problem.

About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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7 Responses to VARbuzz being pounded by spam

  1. Fixed. Turns out that the spam filter (Akismet) was deactivated in the upgrade to WordPress 2.81. All better now.

  2. Bill Burruss III says:

    My webmaster said that I should not updrade to WordPress 2.81. I do not know why. Is anyone getting any negative information about the uprade, or had problems?

  3. Bill — There are reports that a lot of plugins have issues w/ 2.8.1, but if you upgrade your plugins first, you’ll probably be fine.

  4. It seems that this problem has escalated over the last few weeks with many sites…
    I guess more people have more time on their hands :(

  5. Well I use Akismet for my comment spam problem, it certainly does the job well.

  6. Doug Francis says:

    When I started to get spammed after the upgrade, I added a captcha plugin that seemed to halt the spam… glad you are back up and running!

  7. I agree that spam seems to be going up, but I don’t think it is because people have more time on their hands. Rather, spamming technology is just getting more efficient. Still, some of the spam comments they create are really laughable.

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