Those of you who own a blog or forum in some form will really know what spam is. Websites like these suffer from daily deluges of comment spam…comments that are placed for one reason only, and that is ‘link dropping’. Individuals (bot mostly spam bots) will post completely unrelated comments with links to their own websites. What these morons don’t know is that links from unrelated pages don’t hold much weight in search engine algorithms anymore. It’s about quality not quantity.
The real problem is that some of these comments tend to be criminal in nature. The adult industry is one thing, but when you start to get comments with links pointing to websites containing rape videos, etc, that’s when you need to take action. If enough of us report these sites, we will make life that much more difficult for them, and that makes me happy!
The first thing you need to do is start logging IP addresses, many blogs such as WordPress will have this feature built in for you, but if your blog or forum doesn’t, chances are that there will be a plugin that you can download to do it for you.
The next thing you need to know, is where to report these links…
Reporting Agencies & Law Enforcement:
- Internet Watch Foundation Reporting Page
Report sex related cyber crimes Here.
- Federal Trade Commission Complaint Assistance
For identity theft and money related scams.
- Internet Crime Complaint Center
An initiative by the FBI and NW3C for reporting white collar crime.
- FBI Tips and Public Leads
For reporting suspected terrorism or criminal activity to the FBI.
- Anti-Phishing Working Group
Report email phishing attempts.
- vpnMentor’s Child Protection Guide
The Ultimate Parent Guide for Protecting Your Child on the Internet.
- VPNVanguard’s Parental Guide
The Ultimate Parental Guide to Protecting Your Child on the Internet
- WizCase Comprehensive Cyberbullying Guide for Parents
A Comprehensive Cyberbullying Guide for Parents.
- Project Honey Pot
An interesting project which enables you to lure spammers and then auto report them via your website./li>
- Anti Formmail Hacker Script
A PHP script that masquerades as a vulnerable form mail and then automatically reports the abuser to their ISP
- Security Focus
Info on known vulnerabilities in various programs.
Details on various types of Scams.
- Wired Safety
Info on various Cyber Crimes.
- ShareFile Data Security
A guide for guarding personal information in the workplace.
- Dealing with Email Spam
An article detailing how to get more info from a spam email so that you can report it to the relevant authority./li>
- Dealing with Telephone Spam
An article detailing how to get less telemarketing calls.