Yesterday, I wrote that I received an obvious spam comment, apparently from Edmunds.com. Today, I was able to analyze my log files, and the results are explosive.

At the date and time that message 364 was spammed, that message was accessed by a Java program from IP address 66.161.49.254. According to the following IP Address lookup, this address belongs to Automotive.com, a competitor to Edmunds.

Automotive.com also spammed my site on 3/10. Finally, I was spammed via email, apparently by one of their affiliates using a forged return address, eight times in November and December of 2003.

Edmunds general counsel posted a prompt reply to my posting yesterday evening, denying they had anything to do with it. Now that we know who is responsible, I encourage him to take it up with Automotive.com.