Why you dirty mother#@(<*%s May 16, 2005 at 10:11 pm

So email spam is bad enough, spamassasin blocks a lot, but damn they still get through. Then I had to deal with comment spam.. which got bad enough that I require typekey registration to comment now.. and that spam is gone. Now, it’s referrer spam.

For those that don’t know, apache (the web server software I use) can log the referrer, or web site that linked to mine. It’s interesting to see the stats of who linked to me, and to follow those links and find out why or who they are. You can see the ones that refer to my site the most in my [stats http://www.miguelito.org/awstats/awstats.pl?config=www.miguelito.org page]. But lately there’s been a lot of referrer spam… to porn sites, and mostly.. online casinos and poker sites. I implemented a blacklist plugin for awstats (the stats package I use) which works pretty well.. but they kept getting through so now I block all URLs with any of the words: poker, casino, roulette, etc..

So today I look at the referrers that top my list and #1 is www.ua-princeton.com… and guess what? That bastard is an online casino site too.

Guess I’m going to have to implement my own plugin to not only check a url against the blacklist, but to look at the webpage and if it’s got too many keywords like poker, casino, etc.. then boot it.

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