Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Strange New Spam

I just got a new comment on one of my articles (Estimating The Cost of Game Piracy) saying:

"Well your article helped me altogether much in my college assignment. Hats off to you dispatch, will look audacious in the direction of more related articles promptly as its anecdote of my favourite subject-matter to read."

Every other day i get a message from some bot selling one of the spammers greatest hits.
Naturally when i saw another "New Message from Anonymous" i immediately suspected spam.
Reading the comment i wasn't sure - it starts out reasonably coherent - but "Hats off to your dispatch" really caught my eye, as well as "its anecdote of my favorite..".

The text reads very much generated - i don't know if it's some kind of place holder message for spammers or some CS student somewhere is running an experiment with generation of comments. (its an excellent way to do a low-cost turing test. most blog comments are moderated one way or another - if you managed to post a message and it wasn't deleted, you could say that the writer is reasonably estimated as a human)

So i ran a goolge search for the strange expression "Hats off to your dispatch" - currently it returns 3 results - all of them look generated, and all from the past week or so.

One of them is identical to the comment above, the other are:

"Approvingly your article helped me truly much in my college assignment. Hats off to you dispatch, choice look audacious in the direction of more related articles in a jiffy as its anecdote of my choice subject-matter to read."

"Correctly your article helped me terribly much in my college assignment. Hats off to you dispatch, wish look ahead in behalf of more cognate articles without delay as its united of my choice topic to read."


looking at the comments there are two major connecting elements:
"Your article helped me" and "College Assignment"

Running this through google returns about 80 hits at the moment, from my surface scan the comments are from the past week and each and every one of them seem to have been generated in the same way.

I wonder who was the source of this - and if it is indeed some experiment, and the experimenter happens to stumble over this post - let me know :)


Update:
I scanned a few more of those comments (now google lists about 230 hits)
Seems to be related to "Debt Relief" some of the comments are named Debt Relief and where they can they link - So looks like it's just another spam flying around.
I guess they didn't make sure the blogs allow links before posting..