My single favorite thing about the web is trackable the web is. I’ve been dealing with a repeat spammer and verbal abuser lately. With every comment this person leaves or email they send to me, I’m able to collect a little bit more data. Right now here’s what I’ve learned:
1. Based on his IP Address and Hostname I know he’s using his work time and computer to spam and verbally abuse me; that’s not a good idea.
2. The IP address and Hostname info was most valuable. Using it I was able to edit my .htaccess file to block his abulity to see my site from work. I also used Disqus’ options to block that IP address range from posting comments . So, he’s resorted to home based spamming and abuse. Easy enough. Again, every action is trackable. Using the IP Address info I traced him to his internet service provider: Verizon Fios. How nice of Verizon to give direct access to their spam/abuse contacts
If he stops now, I’ll cut him some slack. If not, I’m going to keep playing this out – collecting all the information and once I’ve grown bored I figure I’ll turn it over to the right people.
You’d think a guy who was working at a law firm in Chicago would know better than to break the law.
Quick update – the home spam is coming from a different person; well a different state at least. This makes it all the more interesting and fun. Already traced it to the source (still Verizon Fios).
Quick update #2 – The spam is is coming from a lawyer working at Alcoa corporation. Tsk. Tsk.