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My co-worker just bought a car...

Filed in: Spam.

What the hey?

I got a comment today with the text "I can't believe it, my co-worker just bought a car for $68517. Isn't that crazy!" from "Betsy Markum". Since it didn't have anything to do with the post in question, looked automated, I googled it, and it looks like Betsy has been posting the news on quite a few blogs, with different dollar amounts every time.

Looking at the logs didn't reveal anything notable: their tool doesn't have a user agent set, and the IP address resolves to a address. The only other hit from the same IP was on the 3rd, when it fetched the entry page (again with no user agent). Visiting the address gives a 818KB text file of what appear to be logs from router connections (infected networks?).

The comment didn't have any links with it, other than a yahoo email address. I don't get it. Walks like a spam, talks like a spam, but what's the payoff? Or is it just for car-ma? (d'oh!)

Posted November 15, 2005 6:18 PM



I have noticed similar types of spam on my blog.. I don't get it either.. There are no links to any websites. In fact, I have had ones where there was not even an email address.. Just a weird name for the author field and a totally off the topic comment..

Maybe some of these morons who spam are so bored out of their mind that they just feel like polluting the net with more of their junk?

Posted by: Jay4DaTaste | November 19, 2005 12:53 PM

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