Spam, spam, spam

Just a quick note to let people know that there has been a lot of spam on WordPress this weekend. I noticed that many of the comment likes (NOT post likes) had comments from .ru addresses. These were on comment likes on my posts and also those I had made on other people’s posts. This issue is not confined to me. I have been in contact with the WP team and they were looking into the problem at the time.

I have switched off comment likes for all of my blogs for the moment until I am sure the problem has been sorted. You can still like a post and comment as usual.

It isn’t possible to remove likes or prevent someone from liking posts (or comments), however you can turn likes on or off for individual posts or pages.

You would do this by clicking on ‘Sharing’ in your post/page editor settings menu, and checking or unchecking the relevant boxes.

If you want to turn off comment likes for ALL posts then go to My Sites / Configure / Sharing / Buttons / Options and uncheck the Comment Likes for All Posts box.

Another spamming problem is coming from @outlook.com and @yahoo.com addresses. Flooding posts and comments. Fortunately Akismet seems to be capturing them, but you might want to check your spam folders and delete them. I regularly check my comments and the spam folders in case someone I know has slipped through. Today I had 470 comments in there including one from a friend who has a hotmail address. And don’t worry if you find thousands, the spam comments automatically get deleted after 30 days.

If you are getting loads of emails then you might want to change the settings in your notifications for your blog(s). To do this click on the notifications bell and then the little cog wheel. You can then decide what notifications you want to receive by email.

Spam is annoying and let’s hope WP can get to the bottom of this recent spate. It’s not easy. So please have sympathy for the engineers. They will be doing everything they can to resolve these issues.

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Heyjude

I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

53 thoughts on “Spam, spam, spam”

  1. What motivates this is beyond me. Someone clearly doesn’t have a life. Hopefully WP will sort it out soon Jude. And yes, it could be bots but someones got to programme them.

    1. Yes, but the reason behind the bots is that someone may possible respond and then ‘they’ obtain legitimate email addresses, which can then be hacked or spammed. Or they might just want to bring down the system by overloading the servers with all these messages. I don’t have email notification for likes – I imagine those people who do will have had a lot of unwanted emails this weekend!

      1. It’s a phenomenon you understand better than me. I had my Instagram account hacked and no longer use it. My son messaged me one Sunday morning to tell me my profile picture was x-rated. I was mortified and gutted. Seems nothing escapes these sick individuals. *sigh*

        1. True. Glad I don’t work in IT any more, though the OH does. And in security, but not as a techie. I dislike the idea of anyone trailing me, bot or not!

  2. I noticed those .ru likes on many of my comments on other posts. I also had 30 in my Spam folder, all deleted of course. Seems to be some sort of sex site.
    The Outlook.com issue also appeared, with over 20 people following my blog with Outlook.com addresses in two days. I presumed it was suspicious, but there seems to be no point to it, as they have not commented, or posted any links.
    Good warning, Jude.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

  3. Same here. Plus: a few weeks ago I had quite a bit of spam from “outlook” adresses in my regular email.
    Let’s hope this will be solved soon.
    Best,
    Pit

    1. I have pretty much switched off email notifications on my blogs. I check followers occasionally and remove the unwanted ones.

      1. In my regular email it has let up. And in my blogs – I just checked – there wasn’t much. Maybe because I haven’t posted anything since December?

  4. Thanks for the heads up Jude. Like Pit, I haven’t posted anything in awhile so I don’t appear to be affected.

    1. It’s an ongoing problem. They fix one issue and then the spammers find another way around. It’s what’s kept the OH in business for the past 20 years.

      1. I tried to share your post on Twitter and the laptop went mental so I had to close it down. You must have offended the Gods of Spam. 🙂 🙂

  5. Thanks for this Jude. I noticed this problem yesterday and was still in the process of figuring out how to delete them. I did report the spam to WordPress. I hope that can sort it out soonest.

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