Dodgy Spam Scam

Silicon reports that spammers appear to have found a new target of choice for 2006 - bombarding internet message boards with unprecedented ferocity.

The amount of message board spam has been escalating dramatically since mid-2005, according to experts and a search of Google shows a number of frequently recurring domains are appearing in bogus comments on message boards all over the internet.

Among the most common domains appearing on message boards as spam, there is a definite trend.

Domains such as 888.typo7.com, e-casinoroom.com, HobbyWorkshop.com, onlinepokerment.com, TopSitesRanking.com and g4h5.com all appear in bogus postings which reference online gaming. Many of the actual sites link through to more than one established poker site.

MessageLabs believes individuals and companies are abusing the system to increase their Google ranking, or increase the resale value of a domain name by raising its prominence.