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[ale]getting waaayyy OT It begins...
Jeff Hubbs wrote:
> I don't think that's necessarily true. Just as there are those who are
> duped by spam and fall for it, there are those who, given spam is an
> unprofitable flop, can be made to believe that it's a way to get rich.
> Eventually, it may die out if it's not profitable, but it's not an
> immediate feedback loop if it is. Haven't you gotten spam about the
> "banned CD" of e-mail addresses?
Do spammers still use that? I've gotten more dictionary attack spam that others
> I feel that we're merely seeing the beginning of an arms race. If there
> is a way to collect large quantities of known working e-mail addresses,
> then those collections will be used to spam as long as the process is
> even slightly profitable (see above). Is it unthinkable that spammers
> would go so far as to have people de-munge e-mail addresses? No; it
> depends on how profitable the process is. It occurred to me that a Web
> archive of a mailing list might go so far as to convert e-mail addresses
> into messages to an inline image - but, sure as shootin' some spam
> outfit will pull images and try to OCR them. So the Web archive will
> use bizarre fonts. And the spammers will devise better OCR that will
> read it.
> No, it seems as though e-mail as we know it now is going to turn into
> the Internet's biggest failure. It's just too damn easy to send
> messages in large quantities, obfuscate the actual source, and use the
> contents to mislead, deceive, and coerce.
I've suggested that ISPs and home users start replying to every spam that
crosses their system - including the aaa at aol.com dictionary attempts. If we
poison the well of good addresses, we might get some respite. There's also the
suggestion that every spam with a URL get crawled by a spider - slam their
webservers down with a single response from every single message they send!
Pete Hardie | Goalie, DVSG Dart Team
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