KNOWN ISSUE: Spam Attack

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  1. Uninvited Writer profile image81
    Uninvited Writerposted 9 years ago

    I turned my comments back on and haven't gotten any today.

  2. Randy Godwin profile image59
    Randy Godwinposted 9 years ago

    Still getting the occasional hit, but not the full onslaught like yesterday. 



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    1. paradigmsearch profile image60
      paradigmsearchposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Been spam-free for at least 6 hours now.

  3. snakeslane profile image82
    snakeslaneposted 9 years ago

    I got a total of one spam...hmm

    1. paradigmsearch profile image60
      paradigmsearchposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      You are unloved... big_smile

  4. snakeslane profile image82
    snakeslaneposted 9 years ago

    lol... knew it!

  5. Pamela99 profile image91
    Pamela99posted 9 years ago

    No spam this morning! Hope it stays that way.

    1. IzzyM profile image88
      IzzyMposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I got one half an hour ago!

      1. Athlyn Green profile image92
        Athlyn Greenposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        You can go into your settings and set it so that comments have to be approved before they appear. I had the same thing happen. What a nuisance!

        Also, because we all have our own HubPages URL, it is a good idea to go in and view all your comments and remove any comments where people have posted links leading out of HubPages. I finally did this and got rid of numerous comments. This may help with Hub Score.

  6. johnr54 profile image49
    johnr54posted 9 years ago

    Yes, I was having big problems but it seems to have stopped.  Thank goodness!

  7. paradigmsearch profile image60
    paradigmsearchposted 9 years ago

    Uh-Oh!!! Just got one!

    "It seems inside the higher still left nook at the top percentage of the particular [url=snipped]draw."

    "Next, filtration simply by value or perhaps [url=snipped]problem as stated in the last stage if you want."





    Final spasm or the start of a new attack? Gosh, is the internet fun or what?

  8. jellygator profile image90
    jellygatorposted 9 years ago

    So is anyone's traffic being hit, too?

    I first saw this thread two days ago, and discovered one spam comment that I denied/deleted. Since then, my traffic from Google is down to 16 hits a day instead of 70+. My overall traffic dropped from a range of 180-200 a day down to in the 60s.

    While trying to figure out what was going on, I used a Google search for: site: jellygator.hubpages.com and reviewed the results, where I found that a link to one of my hubs is on a site Google reports as a malicious site. I truly don't know what to do or think.

  9. mistyhorizon2003 profile image90
    mistyhorizon2003posted 9 years ago

    Just found two more, obviously from the same source and definitely new as they weren't there an hour ago. I naturally only found them because I went to my comments/spam as opposed to waiting for emails (emails notifying you of spam won't happen if the system is working correctly). I suspect it may be beginning again. Anyway, the spam comments link again is: http://hubpages.com/my/hubs/comments?co … ilter=Spam

    Please check it if you haven't already, as most spam will be here, and you may not even know about it on your hubs unless you check this link.

  10. David 470 profile image82
    David 470posted 9 years ago

    I have got some inappropriate comments that have porn links in them. However, I only noticed it from activity feed. I was not notified. It must of been marked as spam automatically.

  11. alexadry profile image96
    alexadryposted 9 years ago

    Right when I thought the spammers were giving up, I got a new spam just minutes ago. This is so annoying!

  12. alexadry profile image96
    alexadryposted 9 years ago

    Misty, I went on the link you provided and found no recent spam, but I found like 50 comments that were labeled as spam and they were not! These poor people were asking questions about their dogs and I had no clue, thank you, I will remember to check that link more often. You always learn something new!

    1. mistyhorizon2003 profile image90
      mistyhorizon2003posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I quite often find genuine comments in there that are not spam, so I believe it is worth checking it once a day to be on the safe side. At least you didn't find yours full of those awful lengthy spam posts we have been getting in recent days smile

  13. Ms Dee profile image86
    Ms Deeposted 9 years ago

    The spam started up again today, Monday morning, after none during the weekend. At least it has been categorized as Spam. Must watch it though in case a legitimate comment is wrongly categorized as Spam.

  14. Peggy W profile image94
    Peggy Wposted 9 years ago

    I changed my comment section to only let signed in visitors make comments and the spam has totally stopped.  It is too bad because I have friends who also like to make comments who are not HubPage writers...but for now, it is at least saving me some time.  Will keep checking this to see if this spam annoyance has stopped.

  15. Aficionada profile image86
    Aficionadaposted 9 years ago

    During the spam attack over the weekend, I checked my spam comment folder often, and so I was reminded that there were some comments that I had flagged as spam once upon a time. I did some deleting, but did not delete every spam comment that had ever come along (because of the specific Internet connection I was using at the time). Today the spam comment folder is empty.

    In one respect, that is a good thing. That is, apparently after a certain amount of time the spam comments are automatically deleted by the system.  The problematic aspect is that the deleting process could include some comments that were incorrectly identified as spam (as mentioned by Alexadry, mistyh and Ms Dee above).  I guess that should give us more incentive to check the spam folder more frequently, so that mis-ID'd comments don't get deleted by accident or neglect.

  16. paradigmsearch profile image60
    paradigmsearchposted 9 years ago

    Well, a new one ambled in. This one was in French and had no links. It did have a whole bunch of actor names listed in a row and yakked about NBC. Can't figure out it's purpose, unless it was to get us accused of keyword stuffing?

  17. paradigmsearch profile image60
    paradigmsearchposted 9 years ago

    And 2 more just showed up; the usual question marks or spam-o-gram urls. Yawn.... Give it a rest and please go away. I've never done anything to you...

  18. paradigmsearch profile image60
    paradigmsearchposted 9 years ago

    Just got this: "??????? ?????".

    That's the entire content of the spam.

    Running a test, maybe?

    1. Uninvited Writer profile image81
      Uninvited Writerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      That means it's in foreign script like Japanese or Chinese. It's all for the links... I have found articles I have written mixed up just to fit in a link to a site.

  19. Patty Inglish, MS profile image90
    Patty Inglish, MSposted 9 years ago

    I'm getting paragraphs from books now. Can't figure the purpose other than boredom or to cause a hassle.

    1. profile image0
      Norah Caseyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I believe they do it to build up their reputation before posting spam or just use it as copy to contain their links. I've seen some fairly amusing link + text combinations. For example, a passage from an article on fiscal responsibility with links to a payday loan site. This comment was posted to a Hub about Victorian corsets (naturally).

      1. Patty Inglish, MS profile image90
        Patty Inglish, MSposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Hilarious!

      2. paradigmsearch profile image60
        paradigmsearchposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        I'm beginning to think that we have entered a new reality; as in that this new level of spam is not going to go away. HP's spam filter is pretty darn good; so no problem.

    2. Jlbowden profile image87
      Jlbowdenposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I took Patty's advice that she posted in one of the prior forum posts, about going into Global settings and selecting the option to have only signed in users comment on articles. Well thank you Patty for that advice and feedback. Because so far it has proved useful on my articles, in that I haven't noticed any additional Spam comments for the past three days now.  Let's keep our fingers crossed.

      1. Patty Inglish, MS profile image90
        Patty Inglish, MSposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        That's a relief, isn't it? That one Hub of mine was a real headache with spam.

      2. Eileen Goodall profile image83
        Eileen Goodallposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Where do I find Global Settings?

  20. Eileen Goodall profile image83
    Eileen Goodallposted 9 years ago

    I have 8 on one hub one after the other trying to advertise Viagra - is there any way to block or report them as SPAM?

    And since I'm here I get questions at the top of my stats page, how do people manage to do that as I can't find out how it's done.

    Thanks for any help.

    1. jellygator profile image90
      jellygatorposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I don't know the answer to your first question, but I finally figured out how to ask a question: Click the HubPages logo at the top left. You'll see some tabs that say, "Status," "Questions," and something else. You can submit a question and it will be posted to your followers.

      1. Eileen Goodall profile image83
        Eileen Goodallposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you so much.

    2. Ms Dee profile image86
      Ms Deeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      You can block Spam by changing the setting in your account, clicking on Comments and then the "show settings" button. Set it so that a person must login to HubPages before leaving a comment. Automated spamming does not login to sites.

    3. mistyhorizon2003 profile image90
      mistyhorizon2003posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Questions at the top of your stats page are random and could come from anyone. You have no control over this.

      If you have a spam comment on your hub when you deny it you should get the option to report it as spam or delete forever. To be sure you have removed ALL spam you need to go to your global settings, which can be found by going to 'My Account', 'comments' (on the left), then change the box that says 'unmoderated' to 'spam'. In this place you will see any spam comments that HP have caught, and that you therefore won't have been notified about.

      If you want to change settings on your Global Settings Section you have the option once you click on 'My Account', 'Comments' and then 'Settings'. I recommend you select 'Comments must be approved before they appear' to avoid problems.

  21. Trish_M profile image81
    Trish_Mposted 9 years ago

    Hi smile

    I've had some more spam today, but only on one hub, and it was caught by the filter.

  22. profile image0
    Lynn S. Murphyposted 9 years ago

    i have spam on one hub as well. i delete it forever and it returns. grrr!!!

    1. Randy Godwin profile image59
      Randy Godwinposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, it seems some of us are being targeted again by the spammers. sad

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  23. Ms Dee profile image86
    Ms Deeposted 9 years ago

    I too have started to get Spam again. Grrr!

  24. Patty Inglish, MS profile image90
    Patty Inglish, MSposted 9 years ago

    I am getting a little spam, but only about 3-4 a day.

  25. mistyhorizon2003 profile image90
    mistyhorizon2003posted 9 years ago

    I am getting a few, but nothing major, maybe two a day which are only visible in the spam section of my comments.

  26. mary615 profile image89
    mary615posted 9 years ago

    I got three today, but HP caught them.

  27. Gordon Hamilton profile image92
    Gordon Hamiltonposted 9 years ago

    I've been getting them thick and fast since about Friday. In the last hour, they've started appearing in non-English language form. The first two were in French. The latest one is perhaps Spanish or Portuguese - with one huge difference from all that I've noticed before. Some words are easily recognisable as relating to pornographic content, even when you don't understand the language...

    1. alexadry profile image96
      alexadryposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I got a spam message again just 31 hours ago.. not again!

  28. rebekahELLE profile image88
    rebekahELLEposted 9 years ago

    They keep hitting one of my hubs with daily spam, and the hub is now set to moderate all comments, and they still appear.  They also do not show up in my spam or moderated comments on my account page. This has been happening all week.

  29. Peggy W profile image94
    Peggy Wposted 9 years ago

    I am still getting spam messages, but I have my comment settings set to where I have to approve them first before they are viewed.  So I just keep deleting.

    1. Randy Godwin profile image59
      Randy Godwinposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I don't think they are being viewed anyway, Peggy.  The spam filter seems to catch mine.  Strange though, they only seem to appear when I'm on HubPages.  I was offline for a couple of days with no spam comments.  Right after I came back online the spam started appearing again.  lol

      Getting around a dozen a day now.  Sigh!  More stuff to deal with here. sad

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  30. crazyhorsesghost profile image71
    crazyhorsesghostposted 9 years ago

    I have about five hubs all high traffic hubs that are getting hit hard but I have them set to have to approve the comments. I have reported their URL's to their hosts though. I think all are from the same person. I get the same Nike Shoe comments on about one hundred of my blogs on one host.. I always track down and report them to their host when ever I can.

  31. profile image0
    Lynn S. Murphyposted 9 years ago

    I'm still getting spam on one hub and I changed the comment settings to where I need to approve said comment and that's not working. Mine are political comments - and its a scrapbooking thread.

  32. alexadry profile image96
    alexadryposted 9 years ago

    Can spammers change IP addresses and countries? The spam I have been getting follows the same pattern and style (ie I guess comes from the same person or company) but when I search the ip number doesn't match and the country as well.

    1. rebekahELLE profile image88
      rebekahELLEposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, I think so. I have two specific hubs which are being spammed. I've had to change my settings to moderate comments on these hubs. Every time I check the feed, I see another spam comment. The filter sometimes catches them, but not always.  It's very frustrating. They are spamming with longchamps links from Lebanon, United Arab Emirates and Rio de Janiero. I haven't checked all of them before I delete them.

      1. alexadry profile image96
        alexadryposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        The modus operandi of these spammers are quite the same along with choice of usernames and material advertised. I did a search and it looks like people can actually purchase/rent ip addresses from China and other countries. Sad that such practices are allowed:( As many things in the internet, I guess tracking down all the trash is close to impossible:(

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