Project Honeypot Pots 1 Billion Spam Messages

Project Honeypot (about, wiki), which is a spam watchdog spread over 170 countries, has crossed a huge milestone of potting 1 billion spam messages. The spam messages tracked by Project Honeypot consist of fraudulent email sent from infected machines to several million people, a few of whom, fall prey to the so called legitimate looking spam messages and end up giving their personal and bank information.

Project Honey Pot is a community of tens of thousands of web and email administrators from more than 170 countries around the world who are working together to track online fraud and abuse. The Project has been online since 2004, and each day receives millions of email and comment spam messages, which are catalogued and shared with law enforcement and security partners.

Viagra spamemails are usually ignored by users, however, official looking messages from banks and government agencies are bound to generate clicks to fraudulent websites. The key to avoiding email spam is to NEVER CLICK on links included in email messages from banks or other sensitive organizations. Instead you should always open a web browser and manually type in the URL of the site. If you follow this practice without fail, there is a very less chance of you getting scammed.


Project Honeypot recently received their 1 billionth spam message, which is not startling considering that thousands of users around the world are conned by legitimate looking email and scams every single day. The 1 billionth spam message spoofed the US IRS (see screenshot).

Here are some interesting Spam statistics according to Project Honeypot:

  • Monday is the busiest day of the week for email spam, Saturday is the quietest
  • 12:00 (GMT) is the busiest hour of the day for spam, 23:00 (GMT) is the quietest
  • Malicious bots have increased at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of   378% since Project Honey Pot started
  • Over the last five years, you’d have been 9 times more likely to get a   phishing message for Chase Bank than Bank of America, however is rapidly becoming the most phished organization online
  • Finland has some of the best computer security in the world, China some of the worst
  • It takes the average spammer 2 and a half weeks from when they first   harvest your email address to when they send you your first spam message, but that’s twice as fast as they were five years ago
  • Every time your email address is harvested from a website, you can expect to receive more than 850 spam message
  • Spammers take holidays too: spam volumes drop nearly 21% on Christmas Day and 32% on New Year’s Day

These are some amazing facts. One thing in particular, is the fact that Facebook users are the most affected from spam attacks, and no doubt it would be considering that it has more than 350 million users, which in turns gives a higher success rate to the spammer. is also a regular target.

Spotting spam is not easy, if you do not know what to look for, the Email Spam Wikipedia page is a very good place to get started out with acquainting yourself with this topic. You will find several more articles related to this on the same wiki page.

Comment Spam Can Hurt Your Search Engine Ranking

If you go to any large blog, you will see comments that won’t say anything useful but would have 1 or 2 links pointing to their own website. If you are not sure what I am talking about, here is an example:

People think that these sort of spammy comments would actually increase their ranking in the search engines. Google explains that it is not the case. Google in fact has a lot of algorithms in place that can identify these spam comments and devalue the links posted through them. Webmasters should instead spend that time on genuine ways to increase traffic to their website. If you have previously posted such comments on other blogs, you can always try to delete them and submit your website for reconsideration.

In short, only post a comment if you have something worthwhile to say. It is also wise for webmasters to protect their site/blog for spam by using comment moderation, CAPTCHA or other strategies.

Filing DMCA Notice Against Blogger/Blogspot and Spam Blogs

Splogs or Spam Blogs are a nuisance in every sense. The lazy people buggers running these sites, leech content from Techie Buzz and hundreds of other blogs and pass them of their own, making money in the process. So in short, it is we who do all the hard work for them these scumbags.

Out here at Techie Buzz, we provide readers with full feeds, to make it convenient for them to read content at their own leisure, in their favorite feed readers. However, some lazy bums also use the same feed to leech content and add it to their own site effortlessly.

I have had a choice of taking an easy way out by changing our feed to a partial feed. However, that is not an option for me, since it will cause inconvenience to our readers. That is not something we want to do, to just to get rid of these lazy bums.

In the past month, I took a hard stance and have been reporting these spam blogs and making sure that they get suspended. Though, this may sound harsh, please note, that these blogs add no value to the internet, and don’t deserve to be there in the first place. As a added note, if you are a splogger who leeches our content, please make sure to read our terms of use, anyone found to be violating these will be dealt with appropriately.

If you are a blogger, don’t sit back and let these sploggers use your hard work just like that, here are some ways in which you can report spam blogs on .com and file DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) requests for Blogger/Blogspot blogs.

Reporting Spam Blogs has the best spam reporting option for blogs, the response is pretty quick and if a blog is found to be offending, they are immediately suspended.


To report a offending blog as spam, just visit the blog, and hover over Blog info. In the dropdown menu, click on the Report as spamlink.


Clicking on that link will open a new page, where you will have to fill out information about Whyyou are reporting a blog as spam. Once you have added relevant information, click on the Report Blogbutton. That’s it, the support staff will evaluate your request and suspend the offending blog.

Reporting Blogger/Blogspot Spam Blogs

Majority of spam blogs, that leech content from other sites exist on the blogger network. One of the major reasons for this is that, unlike, Blogger allows their free blogs to advertise on the site using .

Blogger has a much more lengthier process for reporting spam blogs on their network. The process is also a bit slower, compared to, but they eventually get to it.

To file a DMCA request against a blogspot blog, visit the Blogger DMCA page and fill out the lengthy form. You will need to provide all the details of the infringing site, which has copied your content. In addition to that, you will also have to provide links for your own content in the request.


Once a DMCA request has been filed, expect a wait time of anywhere between 48 hours to 1 week for your issue to be taken up. Once your request is taken up you will receive an email, similar to the one above.


Dealing with spam blogs is a tough job, they are just a waste of time. I have put in lot of efforts to track and deal with such blogs, but no efforts are guaranteed for success.

We would really appreciate, if you would contact us, whenever you come across splogs reproducing content from Techie Buzz. We spend hours and hours to find softwares, news and then convert them into presentable content. We certainly hate people leeching our hard work.

Twitter Adds Easy Spam Reporting Links to Profiles

Every now and then you might come across a nutcase or two on . These spammers, spam you with stupid links, or send replies to your tweet, when you include certain keywords in it. Those people definitely do not deserve to be on twitter, however because of things out of our control, they will always be around.


Earlier, reporting spam was a pain, as you had to send a message to the twitter spam team (@spam) and include the twitter handle of the spammer. However, twitter has now introduced a new feature, using which users can report a spam user to twitter, directly from the spammers profile.


To report a user as spam, just visit their profile and click on the report username for spamlink. Clicking on the link should popup a Javascript alert. Click on the Ok button to confirm and report the user as a spam. Clicking this link will also block this user from sending messages to you.

This is a definite improvement, in helping twitter and their users, clean the ecosystem of these scumbags. However, we still believe that twitter has a long way before they can be spam-free, one of the reasons why we still think that Twitter is turning into a spammers paradise.

Share Your E-mail Address Securely With reCAPTCHA Mailhide

Google Wave emerged from the shadows earlier today, stirring up the entire interweb in the process. While those fortunate enough to receive a Google Wave invite rejoiced, others resorted to buying them from eBay or begging on twitter and message boards. In the process many bid adieu to even the most basic sensibilities like not sharing e-mail addresses publically.

Publically sharing e-mail addresses on micro-blogs, social networks or message boards is equivalent to welcoming spammers with open arms. It’s ridiculously easy for a bot to harvest e-mail addresses shared in plain text. Even using fake [at] emailid [dot] com instead of [email protected] isn’t very helpful since most bots are intelligent enough to recognise such minor modifications.

Thankfully, there is an easy we out. reCaptcha has a little known service called Mailhide. Mailhide basically allows you to input your email address and instantly generate a sharable hyperlink. When other people click on the link your e-mail id will be shared with them, provided they prove themselves as human by passing reCaptcha’s test.

MailHide by reCaptcha
MailHide by reCaptcha

What’s brilliant about this method is that it is hassle-free for both parties. Sharing as well as receiving an e-mail id is extremely simple and fast. So, if you must share your email address publically use reCaptcha to protect it from spam-bots.

Tweetmeme vs [Spam Edition]

Well this picture should speak better words than what I want to convey.


I saw this on the newly launched which is a direct competitor to Tweetmeme both of which aggregate links on and show them Digg style to the users.

However looks like has a lot of work to do before they can even come close to the quality that is maintained on Tweetmeme. What is your take on this, do you like Tweetmeme or better?

Automatically Delete Unwanted Messages From Your Gmail

Going through tons of unwanted emails everyday has become a routine for each one of us. These may be mailing lists we are no longer interested in, annoying friends or family members or simply spam. You have tried unsubscribing and marking it as spam but nothing seemed to work. Here’s another way to make these messages disappear.

To set up automatic deletion for emails coming from a particular source, we first need to set up a filter so Gmail can identify that source.

  1. Open one of these unwanted emails.
  2. Click on the drop down arrow next to Reply and select Filter messages like this.
  3. Enter additional criteria if you want like subject and certain words that can identify these messages.
  4. Click on Test Search to make sure Gmail is identifying the right messages.
  5. Click on Next Step.
  6. Check the boxes Mark As Read and Delete It.
  7. Click on Create Filter.

That’s it. These messages will now be deleted as soon they are received. If you ever want to change this, you can go to Settings and edit the filter.

New Way Of Spamming Through Emails

Spammers just got a bit smarter and have started to use the subject line to post messages instead of using the email body.

Here is a spam message that came through our inbox and did not contain any body, but as you can see the entire message was added to the subject line.


Guess email providers would now have to update their spam checking filters and include the subject line too :-).

Have you been on the receiving end of such emails? You can report spam by clicking on the spam link or button provided by your email provider.

Gmail Offers Automatic Unsubscribe Option For Mailing Lists

Quite recently I have been on the receiving end of some email newsletters, no matter how hard I try to unsubscribe from them they still sending them to me, the most logical option for me in such cases is to mark such messages as spam.

With that experience, I automatically tend to mark newsletters as spam, looks like has been watching such behaviors and have added a new feature that will ask you if you want to unsubscribe from a mailing list while marking it as spam.


According to Lifehacker, the Gmail help page on auto-unsubscribe states this;

We don’t think you should be burdened with managing messages you don’t want to receive. We do our best to put messages in Spam when we’re pretty sure you won’t want or need them. But everyone has different preferences about the mail they want to see. You may not want to read any messages sent by a certain company or mailing list, while another Gmail user finds these same messages to be valuable.

To help solve this problem, we’re providing you with an unsubscribe tool for some messages. You’ll see the unsubscribe tool when you mark a message from particular types of mailing lists as spam. If the particular message is a misuse of a mailing list you like to receive, you can Report spam as usual. But if you never want to receive another message or newsletter from that list again, click Unsubscribe instead. We’ll send a request to the sender that your email address be removed from the list. It’s that simple!

Definitely a really good feature, since it would save me quite a lot of time to have Gmail auto-unsubscribe from a mailing list, rather than me having to do it manually.

What do you think about this new feature? Will it be useful to you? Do let us know.

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