[Mailman-Users] Automated Subscription Bots Inundating List Owners With Subscription Requests

Kalbfleisch, Gary GaryK at shoreline.edu
Tue Oct 23 03:31:29 CEST 2012

I personally don't care for CAPTCHA but it exists for a reason.   If anyone can suggest a better solution I would love to here it.  Right now Mailman is being exploited to email bomb individuals and DOS email systems.  This cannot continue.

Gary Kalbfleisch 

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On Oct 22, 2012, at 6:08 PM, "Brad Knowles" <brad at shub-internet.org> wrote:

> On Oct 22, 2012, at 5:40 PM, Stephen J. Turnbull <turnbull at sk.tsukuba.ac.jp> wrote:
>> I'm dubious about the net value of CAPTCHAs.  Personally, I generally
>> take a CAPTCHA as a "NO TRESPASSING -- THIS MEANS YOU!" sign, and
>> don't go back.
> CAPTCHAs are already at the point where advanced code can apply statistical methods and solve them faster and better than many humans.
> Moreover, they have been problematic for a long time -- see <http://www.tkachenko.com/blog/archives/000537.html>, <http://ezinearticles.com/?Captchas-Considered-Harmful---Why-Captchas-Are-Bad-And-How-You-Can-Do-Better&id=1104207>, and <http://coding.smashingmagazine.com/2011/03/04/in-search-of-the-perfect-captcha/>, among others.
> IMO, CAPTCHAs have already jumped the shark.
> --
> Brad Knowles <brad at shub-internet.org>
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