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MyBlogLog Spam and Abuse: New and Improved

Posted on 2.18.2007
It was only a matter of time before someone figured it out. Over the weekend Website Magazine (and hundreds of others apparently) received an email from a site regarding being a co-author on their blog. While we don't typically take these random offers, it's always interesting to see just who thinks we're keen enough to write for them. Alas, it was only a way (a spammy, but smart, way) to bring us to their site. Did it work? Sure did - worked like a charm and not just on us - Danny Sullivan too. So is this a fatal flaw in the MyBlogLog system? It probably can't be classified as an exploit, but it may need to be modified a bit to prevent abuse. I'd like to see a way for only upgraded, premium accounts to have access to this feature and even then, limit the number of requests being sent to a few a day at most.

However, there are rumblings of more severe exploits going around the MyBlogLog community. Take a recent ShoeMoney's blog post for instance. Apparently, some basic cut and paste hacks can work wonders in making it appear as though you also are a co-author on other peoples blogs. You can read the sordid details here (check the comment section). I would expect this to be cleaned up before the end of the week if not the end of the day.  So if you have your black hat on, have at it and enjoy.

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