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Feeling left out

Sounds like there was a huge trackback spam problem yesterday. Normally I get hit at least a little bit but this time around I had nothing. Either I wasn’t targeted or the attack was filtered out at the server level – it’s running mod_security.
For those of you looking for better protection, Jacques Distler has a MT-DBSL modification to make it use which is apparently better at blocking open proxies than DBSL and has fewer false positives.


  1. I was hit… hard. And it happened while I was somewhere over the Atlantic, so when I got to my hotel I had to spend some very expensive minutes de-spamming around 40 trackbacks. Then, overnight, I was hit again. I would love to be left out, but I seem to be a magnet for these kinds of things. 🙁

  2. Normally I’ll get every spamm attack, but over the last few days I’ve been immune. Seems like MTBlackList is finally kicking in.

  3. I was hit hard too. But I am happy to say that I got MTB working just in the nick of time – less then 24 hrs. prior. I would say it blocked 95% of that crap. Thank god for MTB!

  4. I was hit – 147 in 75 mins – but MT-B caught them all. I have tougher, more generic protection that is really recommended (anything with obvious gambling-related keywords is blocked, not specific URLs), which worked – this time.
    It’s too late to jinx things now, but have you had a spam ‘holiday’ too? Until yesterday, I’d received only 5-10 since 22 Dec, whereas 30-40 attempts per day was more usual previously.

  5. If you’re really upset about being left out I can redirect all my trackback spam to your site if you like.
    Spam-karma has caught most of the trackback spam at my site – even though I’d never actually told it to filter trackbacks. Now that is cool.

  6. I ended up having 6 or 7 hits is all.