Planet13 - 3:20 pm on Jul 30, 2013 (gmt 0)
"Google specifically pointed to a press release whilst i was going for a reconsideration request, they had this and one other as an example of bad links i should clean up. It had my web address and one keyword as anchor, so i suppose they were referring to the keyword rich anchor."
One thing I realized when looking through my backlinks last month is there are a LOT of scrapers out there, and they are apparently more than happy to scrape press releases and use them on content on their site.
So if you have a press release on one site then you can pretty much bet the farm that someone is going to come by and copy it and use it on their spam sites - dofollow links with rich anchor text intact.
Spammers apparently didn't fear anyone was going to file a DMCA since the whole point of press releases is for publicity - and in essence, scrapping the content WAS giving the person publicity.