New form of wiki spam?

Today, I had the "pleasure" to experience a new form of wiki spam in the Unmaintained Free Software wiki. Or at least it was the first time I had seen it...

The registered wiki user "Drunkers" (yes, the spammer scripts not only spam anonymously, they also create real accounts lately!) spammed several pages in the wiki, adding tons of spam links, hidden with fancy CSS and other tricks. Nothing unusual so far.

Another registered user ("Mootlif3") reverted the spammer's changes with comments like "reverted (spam)", "unrelated links removed", "deleted spam links", and "damn spammers". Or so I thought.

The real "wtf" moment emerged when I checked what "Mootlif3" really had done. He didn't really revert the changes of the spammer. He only removed a few of the links from the page, leaving most of them still in there! So it would look like a nice (human) wiki user had helped out with cleaning spam, but in reality he only created a false sense of "security" for people who really want to clean the spam...

Damn spammers, indeed.

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Supprised it isn't common

I have been wondering when spammers were going to get smart enough to do that. I have seen a few like this before but it certainly is rare. Hopefully this stays with just a few spammers. It does require a bit of extra work for their spamming scritps so maybe it won't get too bad. In this case (as with most current MediaWiki spam) blocking CSSHiddenSpam would work.