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      likewise, the referrer spam seems to be mainly from Russia, lots via google maps e.g. http://maps.google.ee/url?q=http://some-spam-url

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        If you’re running nginx, having the following configuration snippet

        if ($http_referer ~* (some-spam-url-1|some-spam-url-2|...) ) {
            return 444;

        will reset the tcp connection if the referrer matches. Takes a little maintenance to add new entries, but it means that spammers get no use of resources.

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          Currently it is not very many attempts, so i will just ignore it

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      My BBClone statistics were already completely spammed as early as 2005/2006.

      Not a new problem.

      I solved it the hard way: removed completely every single statistic on my website. Never looked back. It worth asking the question: “why do we really want statistics?” It just like we are trying to copying the marketers/spammers themselves to boost our ego with worthless junk

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        I remember referrer spam in maybe 2010 when a colleague explained it to me when we observed it in logfiles, we simply stopped making any statistics public on the webserver (which was good in any case), so it had no effect at all.

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          I don’t have any web stats published, it’s only just restarted in the last year for me.