A note regarding those “health insurance” comments on our comment board:
First of all, don’t open them. Flag them so that our staff can remove them.
These “comments” are malware. I’m sure our commenters have seen many more like it. It informs you that you can save money on health insurance if you click on a link in the email. We have heard complaints that these links launch a malware program that will track your activities and cause damage to your computer.
We have tracked these posts to a company in India that hires people to post thousands of these links on US-based Websites every day. We ban these posters when we find them, however because they are hand-posted by many people, it’s easy for these posters to get around the Disqus security system. Typically they are posted very early in the morning, around 4 a.m. our time.
The only way for us to guarantee that these posts will not appear on this site is to prevent links from being posted in comments. That means that when our commenters post links to resources or back-up materials, their posts will be banned too. I am hesitant to do that, however we will do it if these posts cause problems for our readers.
John Macone, editor