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Cyber Safety Glossary

Sping

Also Known As:

Ping Spam, Trackback Spam

Description:
Many people like to be alerted when there is a new posting on their favorite blog, so they sign up to have “ping” messages sent when there is new content.

A rising scam on the Internet is to create fake blogs — Splogs — and rake in ad revenue. The more people that get sucked into clicking links on a Splog page, the higher the illegal take. To generate traffic to the Splog, the scammers send out Sping, which is literally spam from the fake site. Sping messages masquerade as ping messages.

Splogs and Sping are creating major problems for blogging. Most Splogs are easily recognizable as fakes. If a Sping alert message tricks you onto one of these fake sites, it is best to simply close the page. Do not click on any links.