My blog has been getting a mountain of trackback spam attempts lately. So far this week there’s been over 4,500 POSTs to my blog trackback links (wasting over a half meg of bandwidth!). I turned off trackbacks last fall, but it doesn’t stop the hordes of zombies and open proxies from trying. I’m still seriously considering writing my own blog software to deter spam traffic, simply by virtue of the forms and links being unique and unfamiliar to the automated spamming software out there. It would be interesting to see if the spam traffic would drop or they would just keep pounding the site. If only I had the time!
On a positive note, I managed to get one open proxy closed. It was running inadvertently on a server of a municipal government here in the U.S. A message to their webmaster got the ball rolling. The other 99% of the time I bother to notify a domain owner of an open proxy or infected system, my message is ignored.