Tranny Hackers

For a couple of days after my “Living in Moldova” post, I didn’t get any comment spam. I worried that I had offended the spammers of that proud-but-impoverished nation. But no, a few days later they were back!

Unfortunately, they declined my offer to post their links in return for information about life in Moldova. As far as I know, that offer is unique in the world of blogging. But some people just can’t be bothered.

I’m still curious about these Moldovan spammers. Are they impoverished techies just trying to put bread on the table? Ruthless Russian-style gangsters? Go-hung capitalists shaking off the dust of the old Soviet command economy?

On the off chance that spamming is illegal in Europe, I decided to check with Interpol. Not only did they not have any useful information, but their home page says they’ve got spam problems of their own:

Beware of fake email messages related to money transactions using Interpol’s name

Googling for information didn’t turn up much. I did find a tranny named Ms. K who left a comment on another tranny site about Moldovan spammers. As Ms. K seems to know a lot about IP blocks, htaccess and “pseudo captcha,” I thought she might be able to help me find out something about the Moldovans. But so far, she hasn’t written me back.

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