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Is There a New Twitter to Blog Spam Bot?

An older post, If Scoble Thinks He Found Bad Startup Marketing, He Ain’t Seen Nothing received several comments, all showing the same structure, pointing back to Twitter accounts – some are clearly spam accounts with only this one update, but others appear to be real users, although I am not following any of them.

lbfd (LBFD) | January 13th, 2009 at 6:58 pm e

This is a test.

(This appears to be a spam account with no real content.)

aleslie2 (Art Leslie) | January 13th, 2009 at 7:59 pm e

Hmmm … tweet completely disappeared. This is a test.

(This appears to be a real account.)

bisfourbritt (bisfourbritt) | January 13th, 2009 at 9:52 pm e

This is a test. Nd it ends with no friends. We will go on…..untl it hurts

Zonin with loud shit tonightt hah

(This appears to be a real account.)

radiomanmic (Michael Grider) | January 13th, 2009 at 11:28 pm e

This is a test. Don’t mind me, I’m just passing through.

(This appears to be a real account.)

deborahgtaylor (deborahgtaylor) | January 14th, 2009 at 6:10 am e

Is going to Brenham for a quilting lesson. This is a test.

(This appears to be a real account.)

cineola (cineola) | January 14th, 2009 at 7:14 am e

This is a test.

(This appears to be a spam account with no real content.)

Is there some new Twitter-to-Blog spam bot that I am not aware of?

Update:   There’s more now, on another post:

lbfd (LBFD) | January 13th, 2009 at 6:58 pm e

This is a test.

aleslie2 (Art Leslie) | January 13th, 2009 at 7:59 pm e

Hmmm … tweet completely disappeared. This is a test.

bisfourbritt (bisfourbritt) | January 13th, 2009 at 9:52 pm e

This is a test. Nd it ends with no friends. We will go on…..untl it hurts

Zonin with loud shit tonightt hah

radiomanmic (Michael Grider) | January 13th, 2009 at 11:28 pm e

This is a test. Don’t mind me, I’m just passing through.

deborahgtaylor (deborahgtaylor) | January 14th, 2009 at 6:10 am e

Is going to Brenham for a quilting lesson. This is a test.

cineola (cineola) | January 14th, 2009 at 7:14 am e

This is a test.

sztelzer (Rodrigo Sztelzer) | January 14th, 2009 at 11:18 am e

Só bebo tequila. This is a test.This is a test.
http://tinyurl.com/7jww4a Só beberei tequila.

In the meantime I disabled the Tweetbacks WordPress Plugin, which had not properly installed anyway, to see if it has anything to do with the attack.

UpdateFollow-up thoughts @ CloudAve.

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Comments

  1. I wrote about this the other day on The Inquisitr (http://www.inquisitr.com/14973/is-tweetbacks-getting-spammed-already/ ) and even though the author of Tweetbacks did get back to me and did issue a couple of updates in the following days the problem persisted to the point one day I deleted close to 700 tweetbacks.

    I’ve since then uninstalled it on my home blog and haven’t had any since. The thing that has me wonderiong though if rather than be a cause of the spam tweets Trackbacks is only showing how prevelant the problem is on Twitter – that may be the more important question to be asking.

  2. 700? Ouch… I guess I am lucky to have received only a dozen or so in this short period.

  3. That was my account mentioned above. Plus, if you notice they all seemed to have something related to
    “this is a test”. Must be something to do with how Tweetback works. Not familiar with it myself.

  4. I also had over 300 in such a short period it was incredable. Disables the feature now anyway

  5. i ever got 500 spam message in one days ,,, twitter start going worse since some spammers use it for marketing tools.

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