(The Hosting News) – Prominent UK government website Data.gov.uk recently faced a crisis when it was swarmed with spamming messages through its user message boards, according to blog post on the site.
The site has been so swarmed, Data.uk.gov itself has temporarily disabled user posts to address the issue. While integrating reCAPTCHA standards to the site’s preferences has worked to stop software-generated spam, the website noted that it wasn’t working to stop actual people from spreading the junk messages.
“After a long analysis of the spam in our site, we have a strong feeling that human intervention is also at play. This, of course, is not new, spam companies are increasingly hiring cheap labour where the spambot captures the captcha image and this is sent to ‘workers’ that provide the correct interpretation, opening the way for the spambot to post freely, in many instances, there is not even an automated bot, but sheer manual labour involved and they can put out an amazing amount of content out on forums and comment sections, combine them both and you have a monumental situation,” commented user AAcuna via the blog.
Data.gov.uk served the British people, providing them with data statistics on a number of relevant issues available through government agencies such as the Office of National Statistics and the Department of Health.
The spam entailed the merchandising of falsified designer goods, according to a report by the BBC. Meanwhile, the website emphasized that its relying on new services including those from Mollon and Askimet. The issue of spamming is particularly of high importance in the web hosting industry as website administrators increasingly look to fight against new spamming tactics.