Thursday, May 31, 2007

[spamming] litigation the slow way

They appear to have sprung the Seattle Spammer:

Alleged spam mogul Robert Alan Soloway was arrested on Wednesday after being indicted by a federal grand jury. The man the Washington State Office of the Attorney General has dubbed the Seattle Spammer was given an August 6 trial, during which he is set to face 35 charges related to suspected fraudulent Internet activities.

Now multiply him by all the botnets out there and it's a very sorry tale. Some get in to the system now in the normal way, even through word verification, such as a recent pest named Alex or Alec, who's been troubling some of us.

Perhaps this is the answer to spammers - it certainly cuts out the long expensive litigation. I found this one interesting:

A widely used technique to fight this technique is the 'poison' CGI script. The script creates a page with several bogus email addresses and a link to itself. Spammers' software visiting the page would harvest the bogus email addresses and follow up the link, entering an infinite loop polluting their lists with bogus email addresses.

4 comments:

Bag said...

James, I've had that on my personal web sites for years. Spambots now have been upgraded to only traverse so many links or only spend so long on one site.

Spam has go worseover the last few months. Damn them all to hell.

I blame the people with little willies and lots of cash that are obviously responding to these EMails. Hopefully they will all be fleeced soon and we can let them starve to death. No customers may stop the Spam. Sadly we are not getting rid of the suckers faster than they can be replaced.

MuseinMeltdown said...

I couldn't concur more - they are total pests....and spoil what is quite a cathartic past time for many...

mutleythedog said...

The spam is terrible again - on my email addies I bet there are 200 a day. It would not be possibleto function if they were not filtered out. Now word spotters are being outwitted as the spammers use pictures of their stuff....

Matt said...

I despise spam. I hope they all find themselves in infinite loops which crash their systems and erase block 0 of their hard disks.