02.25.11

New spam tactic

Posted in Stumble and Fail at 8:15 am by George Smith

A new spam tactic raises an eyebrow in amusement.

Instead of the usual exhortations related to “very good blog” and the long lists of links to drugs and goods made overseas, the new spammer scrapes a bit of content from elsewhere off the net — often Wikipedia, it looks like — related to a keyword snagged from the targeted post.

This is then cut and pasted into the spam comment which points back to one of the many standard financial services scam sites.

It is an effort, and not a very good one, to trick the blogger – or spam filter — into passing it as a legitimate part of the discussion.

For example, from yesterday’s post on junk jobs, mentioning the blight of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk:

As long as he can make a little money he says Ill be doing it. The Mechanical Turk has given a 21st-century twist to the centuries-old concepts of cottage industry and piece work. People work in their homes and are paid based on how much they produce instead of an hourly wage using the Internet connections that have become a standard feature in most homes.While some worry that the Turk could become another work-at-home scheme with low pay and no benefits that exploits workers others suggest that if the concept took off it could allow anyone a college student a shut-in the newly unemployed to quickly earn an income. The company also opened up the website to what it calls requesters outside companies looking to use the Turk to find workers. This has huge potential because its really tapping the connectivity thats created by the Internet says Jesse Heitler an entrepreneur in Ann Arbor Mich. whos been developing services to take advantage of the Mechanical Turk and its ready supply of workers sometimes called Turkers .

This is coincidentally funny because as spam for a fraction of a penny, it’s just about the kind of work, in terms of payment and task, Mechanical Turk aims at. The lowest of the low as an engine of innovation and job creation.

In fact, part of the spam appears to be directly scraped from a Mechanical Turk forum.

Other similar intercepted spam comments included discussion on Ted Nugent, sent into this week’s post on the man, and the Internet “kill switch.”

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