The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Spammers—can't live with them, can't take them out behind the shed with a sawed off double barrel shotgun …

I got my very first comment spam today, on my LiveJournal account (which has since been deleted):

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When I saw that it was authenticated through OpenID (see also: Wikipedia) my initial thoughts were: OpenID is dead. It's just too easy for spammers to set up self-authorizing hosts (or obtain “accounts” at AOL or even LiveJournal).

Perhaps I'm overreacting. Perhaps spammers are only targetting accounts with no (or very little) activity on them (I have the account to respond to friends who do use LiveJournal; my posting an entry once-per-year is mostly a joke). But I do expect to see more and more of this in the future.

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