Akismet Killer Spam

A new piece of comment spam making the rounds breaks popular WordPress plugin Akismet, by blocking access to the Akismet spam queue.

Symptom: Your Akismet spam queue displays nothing but the number 35.

Solution: Go into phpMyAdmin from your hosting control panel and browse wp_comments. Find and delete entries from “Bush” using email address “main@yandex.com” and URL “http://google.com”, like so:

Akismet Killer

Once you’ve deleted all such entries, your Akismet spam queue should be accessible again.

Spam that punishes anyone who filters it. Vicious.

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4 Comments on “Akismet Killer Spam”
  1. ade says:

    So THAT’S what happened.

  2. Mike Abundo says:

    This particular spambot attacks repeatedly and periodically. Its strategy could be to make bloggers drop Akismet, so its next attack gets through.

  3. I get crap from main@yandex.com on my blog all the time (ioannusdeverani.wordpress.com). I am forming an attack against him (use his own tactics). Please join here.

    Please digg it at http://digg.com/tech_news/Let_s_Spam_the_Spammers.
    Thanks a lot

  4. antispammer says:

    IP you likely know already
    somewhere in Russia
    whois report gives details

    Host: ACB5C779.ipt.aol.com

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