Lurking Spam Bots Can Be Entertaining

One aspect of running a blog I had not anticipated was dealing with spam. Not just any spam, but computer generated SpamBot spam! I’ve known for years about ‘bots trolling the Internet to harvest email addresses. A lot of the spam you receive in your email can be a result of your leaving comments in various Internet forums or any other online venue where an email is listed on a Web page. The owners of those ‘bots will harvest any email their minions collect and sell the list to the real spammers.

Now another type of spam bot is the one that trolls blogs and attempts to leave garbage in the blogs’ comments area. I use a plug-in called Askimet that does a very good job of isolating those comments before they get posted on the blog.

I need to do more research to figure out what the operators of those ‘bots are trying to accomplish, but my first impression is they either try to generate traffic to sites selling dubious products or sites riddled with malware. Regardless of their intent, they almost always make baffling statements. Often it sounds like the comments come from someone who barely has a grasp of English. I think it must be some kind of weird random generated text from the computer ‘bot in an attempt to sound like natural speech.

Here’s a recent example:

Hello there there! This submit couldn’t be created any greater! Looking at by way of this article reminds me of my earlier space mate! He constantly held referring to this. I’ll ahead this informative article to him. Rather positive he’ll have a very very good go through.

The computer that generated that comment will never pass the Turing test …

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