While browsing through some recent greasemonkey blog buzz I came across this Dutch-language post on a blog (moretheterrier.co.uk / giftbasket/) that seemed to be entirely in English further on. Its content had been grabbed from (the Feedburner RSS feed containing) the original posting at Hans Mestrum’s weblog.
I was really wondering how the entries for this apparently SpamBlog were being collected, so I did a quick Technorati search on “giftbasket” (right):
The results were hilarious and revealed this (probably multi-user) WordPress blog at www.moretheterrier.co.uk / moretheterrier/, not only containing the odd stolen blog posting but as well thousands of ouput results from cron (= scheduler on Unix) jobs (click thumbnail left).
In fact, it turns out this installation is driving other spamblogs such as the one at moretheterrier.co.uk / giftbasket/, moretheterrier.co.uk / clock/ and moretheterrier.co.uk / dolphin/. All of these are pointing to fake directory sites such as www.tattooaftercareaffiliates.co.uk, www.moretheterrier.co.uk, www.dr-rock.co.uk and www.inkcarts.biz.
The content is being fetched from several mailboxes (firstname.lastname@example.org, dolphinblog@…, clockblog@…) by a (scheduled) WordPress script that enables users to post to their blog via email. I don’t have a clue actually by what mechanism the mails are being generated. The nice thing however is… you can do this yourself: mail one of the adresses (screenshot left), then run the corresponding script (e.g. moretheterrier.co.uk / giftbasket / wp-mail.php, screenshot right), and this is the result:
Oh, by the way, there’s even more… a Technorati search for moretheterrier.co.uk showed still some other (earlier) test setups for the same subject:
And there is also this (still earlier) setup at http://www.my-resource-site.com/ using a “real SEO automator” that, if I understand correctly, turns keywords into a list of keyword-optimized pages linking to what maybe is the actual SEO-customer…
Apparently WordPress turned out to be a more flexible system to build Spamblogs?