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September 24th, 2007 - Filed under Spam,Websites by Cristian Mezei
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Ever wanted to see how one of the many available (PMBlaster, Zunker, Xrumer etc.) forum spamming software looks and runs like ?

See Xrumer in action.

What’s interesting to see in the video above, from the WhiteHat point of view, is how the program works. The procedures, the checklists, the options, so you can build your own anti-spam blockade.

Some of you guys, will be amazed to see how captchas and/or math spam questions are like so … 1945.

Important: Please be aware that I do NOT endorse, NOR do I recommend the use of such spamming software, except for your own, personal and private use, to see how the program functions. As one user says in this WP article about Xrumer, you have to know the enemy and the weapons used by the enemy before you can defend against them.

 
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Just go to the Harvard H2O Playlist Beta project, register an account and make a “Playlist”. Then point a link towards that page.

That way you get Wedding Favors and Lord of the Rings Online Guides and Exploits and not :

H2O playlists are more than just a cool, sleek technology — they represent a new way of thinking about education online. An H2O Playlist is a series of links to books, articles, and other materials that collectively explore an idea or set the stage for a course, discussion, or current event.

But wait there’s more : Dirspace directory (no offense intended to the owner, but that’s how directories “get” that SeoMoz PageStrength ?) and Viagra (of course through ezinearticles.com).

And this on top of my other posts about .edu spam:

 
May 12th, 2007 - Filed under Websites by Cristian Mezei
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Although it’s not fresh news, I thought it’s ok to mention that Barry reported VW to be hiding content in invisible DIV tags. We all remember the BMW Spam.

Kevin Gough, Sr. Product & Marketing Manager at Google “contacted the VW team” and asked questions. Now how many times will a Google representative kindly ask you some questions whenever someone else spams ? Let me tell you: never :)

 
October 08th, 2006 - Filed under Issues, Rumors & Scandal,Websites by Cristian Mezei
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Each day I’m getting so many spam comments, with links to files hosted on .edu domains. I am wondering, how are these people getting access to them ? Most of the time they put a certain URL in their comment URL field, as well as in the body, that lead to redirects to porn websites. Here is an example :

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The .edu link above redirects to : http://italianpiacere.com/ (warning, it’s p0rn).

Why aren’t these things under control ? I found spam on .edu domains in the past too. On a much greater scale.

I decided to see how the heck this(ese) dude(s) managed to do this spam. It’s EASY. Just go to cdm.berkeley.edu which is a Wiki. Click on upload file (lower left toolbar) and there you go. Have a look at that SPAM and p0rn. As a total unauthorised person, you can upload any file, link to it, redirect it, etc.

The amount of spam generated in this way on .edu domains is unacceptable. Schools should REALLY enforce security on what their students can do (if this was done by a student). Or maybe the whole subdomain + the wiki (not just the upload of pages) were created by someone with access to the servers, with the sole reason in mind, to spam.

 
September 20th, 2006 - Filed under Issues, Rumors & Scandal,Websites,Yahoo by Cristian Mezei
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Unbelievable right ? Well you better believe it: Yahoo! Directory is cloaking, and is spamming :)
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So going trough my usual daily e-mails, I find this :

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Using a site: search, Google brings pages that stopped existing on my server one year ago, and puts them as supplemental results …

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June 20th, 2006 - Filed under Personal,Websites by Cristian Mezei
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It was just a matter of time before my blog became a target too.

Some punk-ass wanna-be dude has stolen my 5 Google Adsense Secrets, Tips and Tricks article and shamesly copied it on his blog, WORD BY WORD. You have some images below:

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So Bobby pointed this to me. A nice find on how to spam Google and get billions of pages indexed, with a 3 week-old domain.

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June 08th, 2006 - Filed under Issues, Rumors & Scandal,Websites by Cristian Mezei
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The MSDN Blogs network is full of spam too. The only problem is that the owners of the blogs don’t give a …. about that. It’s Microsoft man.. You would think they have the resources to keep the blogs clean. Geez’.

Concrete example of Lisa Woll’s blog spam (randomly chosen blog), old and new: post and post.

 
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So each and every one of you who found this .edu free directory, Grand Canyon University Web Resources (my ass, and more like Grand Canyon University SPAM Resources), think again about submitting your website there.

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February 05th, 2006 - Filed under Websites by Cristian Mezei
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The online IT&C store, Insoft, was recently banned from Google. See it (or not) here.

This could be because they recently (2-3 months ago) purchased site-wide text links all over Softpedia, Kappa, Acasa, Legaturi and other huge romanian or international portals.

It seems that the recent SEO spam filters, which Google is applying to non-english websites, are prooving to be effective as Matt Cuts states here and here.

Users who find themselves banned from Google, can always fill in a reinclusion request form.

Edit 02.02.2006: It seems to me that they recently (as shown in this Google Groups discussion ) duplicated their whole notebook category and sub-categories, in a 100% similar category, by replacing only the word “notebook” with the word “laptop”, in the new laptop category. This too might be one of the reasons for their website banning.

As always, i really want to warn the owners of the websites that currently have site-wide links towards the online store Insoft, about removing their links. Websites that link to other penalised/banned websites, can at their own turn, be penalised or banned.

As for the theory that “someone who hates me, banned my site somehow” , here is the answer from Google Webmaster Facts :

  • Fiction: A competitor can ruin a site’s ranking somehow or have another site removed from Google’s index.
  • Fact: There’s almost nothing a competitor can do to harm your ranking or have your site removed from our index. Your rank and your inclusion are dependent on factors under your control as a webmaster, including content choices and site design.

If I find more, i’ll post it here.

 
January 26th, 2006 - Filed under Websites by Cristian Mezei
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Now the guys in here, were spamming the search engines, with a hidden DIV (invisibile DIV) with like 10 A3 papers of repeating words:

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