[wp-hackers] new botnet/comment spam thingy?

Mark Jaquith mark.wordpress at txfx.net
Thu Apr 3 04:16:46 GMT 2008

On Apr 2, 2008, at 5:42 PM, Sabin Iacob wrote:
> Nothing got past Akismet, which is really cool, but it does make me  
> wonder: is this an attempt to swamp the Akismet servers? Have those  
> of you that have many thousands/tens of thousands of real visitors  
> per day seen such an increase, or it only applies to low traffic  
> sites like mine?

I was getting so much Trackback spam today that it DOS'd my server.   
Even putting a "die()" in the top of wp-trackback.php didn't bring the  
load down.  But hey, as they say, don't get mad, get even!

RewriteRule ^(.*?)/trackback/?$ [L,R=302] //  
translation: go #$%& yourself

Ha!  And almost immediately load went down from 60 to 0.5  Gotta love  
trackback bots that'll follow a redirect back in their face.

Mark Jaquith • http://markjaquith.com/

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