Spambots: the next generation
I just spent several minutes of my life that I'll never get back again cleaning up after the spambots. They come in clusters and apparently are only able to hit the top thread of the day (in a few minutes, therefore, I may have to tidy up this post).
There were six of them this time, arriving in the span of approximately one hour.
Why mention them--other than to vent my spleen? Well, I noticed that they seem to be evolving even as we speak, becoming ever more creative, chatty, and conversational.
I subtitled my previous post on the topic "the invasion of the comments snatchers," after the movie in which the aliens looked so much like humans that it was difficult for mere humans to tell the difference. At the time I was joking, but now I wonder if this isn't the way spambots are going--trying to sound so much like a real live human that they will end up fooling us stupid bloggers into thinking that's what they actually are.
Here, for example, are portions of the text of two of the spambot comments I just deleted. I'm eliminating the links, of course, because I don't want to do their nefarious work for them. As you will see, they are now making political comments and other observations about the world (it appears, by the way, that even spambots aren't too keen on CBS):
Black Rock Discovers Blogging
You have to hand it to those little troopers at CBS News. After a year filled with what we'll delicately call, uh, crap, they're doing their best to make a precious little bounce back towards respectibility.
Great input, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you! [Link follows]
This one is less political, but it has a rather pleasant personality, don't you think?:
10 Years That Changed The World
A decade ago, Netscape went public, blasting the Web into everyday life. Now, Wired talks to the inside players - from Marc Andreessen to Shawn Fanning to Steve Jobs - about 10 years of boom, bust, and sock ...
It's nice to read blogs and learn about other people. I'm just discovering all this - guess I should bookmark your blog, eh? I have a rose gardening site. You wouldn't guess that by the title, would you? LOL - lots of rose gardening related things. Come and check it out if you get time :-)
Notice the clever "and learn about other people" [italics mine]. Wants us to think it's "people." Well, spambot, you didn't fool me--yet.