Old hat, but thought I’d throw a monkeywrench into the spammer’s game with a local dose of wpoison. Back in ’97, a spammer told Wired that this stuff didn’t work – that his Extractor bot could add 4,000 – 5,000 bounces an hour to a rejects list. But this script is infinitely recursive — unless the spambots are sufficiently clever, they should get caught in it indefinitely. And if enough people ran similar pages, surely it would make some difference. Yeah, I know, wishful thinking. Ah well, it’s free and can’t hurt.

Music: Holger Czukay :: Full Circle R.P.S. (No. 7)

7 Replies to “wpoison”

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  2. question: how sure are you (is anyone) that the WPoison email addresses are *not* real, and that you’re simply swamping some poor sucker with unsolicated email by including the address ?
    I notice monkeys.com have removed the wpoison stuff today (sept 30 2003)

  3. LOL, good point zzarg. In theory. But look at the email addresses is generates — they’re well-formed but seriously bizarre – the chance of any of these matching actual adresses are a million to one.

  4. Well, I’ll just post a *real* e-mail address *here*: ljlspam@libero.it .

    Do *not* send mail do this address, ever – it is real and works, but it tries to get as filled with spam as possible (and as little filled with real mail as possible), so that its contents can be automatically sent to spam databases such as Razor (razor.sourceforge.net) that allow filtering one’s mailbox based on things that are known to be spam.

    I think that’s a nice approach.

  5. We at Fresh Harvest Productions (http://www.crop.uni.cc/) are doing something similar to what LjL suggested. Except that instead of feeding them one real address, we feed them randomly-generated-dictionary-addresses at our domain (@crop.uni.cc). You can help us by linking to our pages of nonsense. If the project is successful, we plan to add dozens of domain names.

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