Runcible Blog

News Flash: Spammers SUCK!!

My website is currently being hit hard by a "referrer spamming" attack (I consider it an attack). In the span of one hour, an automatic script has requested my index page 3050 times (and counting)! The host,, is apparently in Germany on a dial-up connection. I don't want to encourage them, but here is a typical line from my access log: - - [28/Jan/2003:13:30:03 -0500] "GET / HTTP/1.0" 200 6765 "" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; Windows 95)"

I haven't counted, but there are several different referrers being used, and several different user agents. This is really a ridiculous way of spamming someone since it has little effect unless you are displaying referrers on your site. I don't, but I have a separate usage stats page (I won't put a link here, but the link is elsewhere on my site) that google has indexed. The spammer is hoping that those sites will show up on my stats, thus leading people or search engines back to the referred pages. Spamming has reached a new low (could it go any lower?). The most frustrating thing is that I don't have a defense against it unless I do a whole bunch of configuring and reboot the server. For now, I'll just wait for the madness to stop and then cut out those entries from my log. Take that! current hits: 3738 and counting....