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[ale]getting waaayyy OT It begins...

Jeff Hubbs wrote:
> On Wed, 2004-01-28 at 08:49, Pete Hardie wrote:
>>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!
> Ah, so you favor escalation.  What good is replying to spam when, many
> times, the reply-to/from addresses are either bogus or stolen?  And what
> good is collecting URLs from spam for the "can-of-whoopass" effect if it
> simply points to a real fast web server that can take the load? 
> Remember the Free Software load-balancers, commodity hardware, and
> clustering software we love so much?  Besides, they can load up their
> spam with a hundred or a thousand URLs and fight right back.

You are correct about the reply-to address issue.  However regarding the URL 
side, are there really webservers that can handle 10x8 hits all the time?

And if they load up their emails with lots of links, how will their customers 
find the one that leads to the product?

Pete Hardie                   |   Goalie, DVSG Dart Team
     posting from, but not     |
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Scientific Atlanta, Digital Video Services Group

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