Eye on Oracle

Aug 9 2007   1:21PM GMT

Spam filters are dumb

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

Several in the Oracle blogosphere (including Doug Burns, Niall Litchfield and Paul Vallee) note that the Oracle WTF blog has been hijacked. Theory is that the blog was first marked as a spam blog by Google and subsequently deleted. Litchfield quotes the criteria for spam blogs (they “can be recognized by their irrelevant, repetitive, or nonsensical text”) and wonders if “the whole purpose of blogging” isn’t irrelevant nonsense. Certainly posts full of SQL code might look repetitive and nonsensical to a dumb robot (or to me).

Ironically, according to a Computerworld article, Google recently mistook its own Custom Search Blog for a spam blog, allowing it to be similarly hijacked. Doh! Silly Blogger. . . .

And speaking of spam, our office is getting hammered with unusual amounts of it today – messages that are getting past our filters. Seems to be a global problem – Bob Sullivan at the Red Tape Chronicles describes how spammers have most recently gotten the best of all of us by hiding spam within Adobe Acrobat attachments. Doh! Those wily spammers. . . .

-Elisa

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