The Escalating TrackBack Spam Wars

I’ve been noticing what I think is an upgrade in TrackBack Spam on my blog. Uusally they’re pretty easy to spot — a load of links spattered across some gibberish. But the ones I’ve received today seem to be better, like this one:

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Looks innocent enough, right? Except the words are actually mine, from another, unrelated post, and the from link is a pharmaeceutical website. It’s the fourth trackback (update while writing this: sixth; update again, 13th) the site has sent me in the last hour, and each one is a little bit different, always using text from one of my postings. The revamped TypePad trackback notifications give one pause for thought, too: could it be legitimate? Like this one:

A new TrackBack has been submitted to your weblog “loose wire,” on the post “The U.S.’ Next Big Thing: SMS-TV.”

TrackBack from:

Source: <a href=”http://fami.home.sapo.pt/cheapest-phentermine/”>J</a><a href=”http://fami.home.sapo.pt/cheap-phentermine/”>e</a><a href=”http://fami.home.sapo.pt/discount-phentermine/”>v</a><a href=”http://fami.home.sapo.pt/order-phentermine/”>y</a>
From Post: http://www.typepad.com/t/trackback/2068728
Title: Productivity<a href=”http://fami.home.sapo.pt/phentermine-online/”>K</a><a href=”http://fami.home.sapo.pt/purchase-phentermine/”>i</a><a href=”http://fami.home.sapo.pt/”>n</a><a href=”http://fami.home.sapo.pt/buy-phentermine/”>g</a>
IP: 81.8.110.33

Excerpt:

Here you go. Here are some handy links for you to enjoy: 43FoldersWiki – A system that helps you be more productive. Also has also productivity related stuff A Directory of Programs designed for USB Thumbdrives Starting with CSS lifehacke…

Yes, these things are a pain, but you can’t help admiring the spammers’ inventiveness. TypePad, your turn in the TrackBack wars.

The Power Of Wikis, The Power Of Tags

I’m really getting into these client-side wikis. This one is especially cool — TiddlyTagWiki – Micro-content with the power of tags … — and is a great example of using tags on one’s own computer to tag one’s private content:

Welcome to TiddlyTagWiki – an adaptation of Jeremy Ruston’s TiddlyWiki. It’s a simple, self-contained, client-side, personal publishing engine. It’s a single web page containing all the content you create and the logic to link it all together. This makes it fast and portable.

The addition of TiddlyTags allows you greater control over how you group together your chunks of MicroContent.

Definitely worth a play.