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Jun 12, 2006 : It's a small world

One of the spam comments on this blog had this as the url: http://csx.calvin.edu/dw/lib/exe/fetch.php?media=http://------.com/-.html The URL 404s, I have no idea how they got it. The media parameter is a real spam site. The funny thing is that csx.calvin.edu is the student organization I led for two years at Calvin.

For the non-nerdy: spammers automatically add spam comments to weblogs, to increase the number of links to their site. This gives them higher search result rankings. I regularly filter and delete these. Above, I ---ed out the real spam website they were targetting. "404" is the error code for "page not found". The reason the spam site is in the same website address as csx.calvin.edu is because spammers often exploit bugs in websites to sort of "hide" their site by using somebody else's site. In this case, csx.calvin.edu had no such bugs and so I don't know what the spammer was thinking.

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