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Waves of spam?

Posted on | May 22, 2008 | Comments Off

I’ve noticed something interesting (well, annoying .. but interesting). Every month at around this time, I am bombarded with comment spam that manages to pass through akismet. Then its quiet again for another 30 days.

I’ve turned comments off on most new posts, the spammers seem to be more interested in the older stuff. The fact that this has been happening on a regular schedule for nearly 3 months has me curious.

What is this odd pattern coinciding with? Is there some kind of maintenance window at Akismet, or am I just in the scope of a well written spam-a-pault that runs monthly?

If anyone has a mod for Akismet to keep local statistics from incoming SPAM, I’d really like to have a look at it. I’d like to start having Akismet play a larger role in building firewall and mod_security rules.

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