Spam Sucks

Ever wanted revenge against spammers? Well, now you might be able to get it. Check
these links out.

Wpoison Sets
Trap for Spam Weasel

by James Glave

Ron Guilmette is doing his part to help win what he describes as a technological arms race with spammers. The author of the forthcoming Deadbolt spam filter has released wpoison, a simple CGI script designed to trap and clog up the bots that traverse the Net gathering email addresses.

“It became obvious that spammers were using robots to scan Web pages [for email addresses], so I thought, let’s give ’em something to chew on,” said Guilmette.

Wpoison creates dynamically generated Web pages full of convincingly lifelike – but completely bogus – email addresses that spambots will pick up and add to their hitlists. But the page also contains randomly generated links that the bot inevitably follows – links that loop right back to the same page, now re-armed with a fresh set of random fake email addresses.

Caught in an endless loop, the bots “feed on [the addresses] until they are bloated and full,” said Guilmette.

WPoison Home Page