This morning I was hit by a new plague (new to me anyway!), trackback spam. TrackBack spam is very similar to comment spam. The spammer sends TrackBack pings to this site, they are listed in the comments area, and they direct readers to a totally unrelated URL. Also, if listed, they increase the target site’s Google Page Rank (PR).
My first response has been to rename the wp-trackback.php file to see if this will stop this scourge. To ensure genuine trackbacks can still get through, I had to edit the reference to wp-trackback.php in the template-functions-comment.php file. This is not a foolproof solution, I realise, but I will re-assess the situation over the coming weeks and see if more drastic measures need to be taken.
Why do I have a horrible sense of foreboding?