Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Referrer Log Spamming

Referrer Log Spamming is when scumbags hit your website, but forge what is called the HTTP_REFERRER header and insert their own scumbag URL in it. The reason is that they hope that your web sites will publish statistics about activity on it, and this almost always includes something called the "Referrer Report" that list where people came from to visit your web site. So what happens is the scumbag URL ends up being listed, which counts as "back link" and makes them look better to the Search Engines

Most of these spammers are pornographers. There are existing laws regulating the sale, distribution and marketing of pornography. These spammers are probably violating one or more of those laws, so why doesn't some politically ambitious local prosecutor go after these criminals?

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