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April 2011
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gwen [userpic]
spam hits LJ...

Well, it seems I had to change my personal rule about not deleting any comments from my LJ, ever. It seems that spammers have discovered LJ -- they find someone's account that has been inactive for over a year, hack into it (I'm assuming), and use it to post comments filled with Viagra or other ads. And it turns out that the only way to report spam is to click the "this is spam" option while you're deleting a comment. So yah, I've been deleting comments filled with spam. I will still only delete these comments, not others.

And really, the LJ spammers haven't been nearly so prolific as the Orkut spammers -- every day I get another Orkut message with some random person who doesn't even speak my language wanting to friend me, or a scrapbook entry advertising crap.

But really, I mean, I'm not surprised that spammers have found the new venues for depositing their stinky messes. I'm just surprised that I'm getting socked by it so suddenly.

Current Mood: quixoticquixotic

I finally just deleted my Orkut account last week, because I found that the only time I was logging into it was to get rid of spam scrapbook entries written in Portuguese.

This is something that community owners and maintainers here on LJ have been dealing with for a while. Personal accounts are less targeted, but still are on occasion.

I've got to wonder if spam actually reaps benefits for someone or if it's just irritating to everyone... I mean, has anyone actually ever seen spam and just suddenly realized they would desperately love to have viagra?

Surprisingly it works. Spammers make a hell of a lot of money. So yes, there are enough gullible people out there to keep these guys spamming.

(no subject) - (Anonymous)

You don't even have to press "send" at all, really. There's a shitload of pre-fab scripts they use for this crap now.

Not that you didn't know that, really, but I thought I'd reiterate it here.