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February 28, 2006

Blog spam from Lycos IP

Like most blogs, this one gets a daily dose of comment spam. Usually I just clean up the mess and move along. But today, someone used an IP address registered to Lycos, Inc. to post a cheesy ad for a porn site.

The IP address,, is one of a huge swath of addresses owned by the Boston-based online portal.

The computer behind that IP is an open proxy, judging from its listings in several anti-spam blacklists, including the CBL and the DSBL. The IP has also been banned by DNS Stuff. Senderbase lists a hostname of ygo-cf6.bos.lycos.com.

I expect this problem to be corrected swiftly, if it hasn't already been. You may recall that Lycos was the company behind the ill fated Make Love Not Spam campaign.

UPDATE 3/1/06: Got another porn-site comment spam from Lycos today, this one from Checking my logs, I see I also received one over the weekend from Googling these Lycos IPs shows they're being abused by a number of blog spammers and even some email spammers. Seems strange to have to LART a self-proclaimed anti-spammer, but I'll see if it helps.

Posted by brian at February 28, 2006 4:08 PM


Rather ironic, the blog they are spamming. I wonder if it is a bot posting to any blog it finds in search engines?

Posted by: my0 at March 1, 2006 9:29 PM


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