Dries Buytaert

Fifty million spam attempts blocked

A day or so ago, Mollom blocked its fifty-millionth spam attempt, reaching another milestone in a list that is expanding with increasing frequency. After all, it was only a little over two months ago (on January 28th) that we reached twenty-five million, about six months ago (on October 6th) that we reached ten million, and about a year ago (on March 31, 2008) that Benjamin and I began Mollom.

According to our scorecard, we're currently protecting over 7,000 websites from comment spam, with an average efficiency of 99.95%. Only 5 in every 10,000 spam messages slip past our filters, and even that small number continues to fall as Mollom's accuracy improves. Around 85% of all the messages processed by Mollom are spam.

Even though we're still a small company by all standards, we're proud of what we've done to help stem the spread of comment spam. The Mollom download page features plugins for five different CMS's (including Drupal, Joomla!, WordPress, Radiant, and SilverStripe), and seven different developer libraries (including Java, PHP5, Ruby, Python, ColdFusion, .NET, and the Zend Framework). Our pricing page describes our current product offerings, and our exciting new Software Partners page describes a few special partnerships we've formed to help supercharge your Mollom experience.

Fifty million is a big number, but we're just getting started. More to come!

— Dries Buytaert

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