[Spambayes] Latest spammer trick stymied
anthony at interlink.com.au
Mon Mar 31 22:51:03 EST 2003
>>> "Phillip J. Eby" wrote
> Won't this just convince spammers that:
> 1) Their spam is "working", because "people are clicking on the link", and
So? More fool them - hopefully they'll spend more money on this useless
technique, and go broke, sooner.
> 2) If there's a unique ID in the URL, it will confirm that your address is
> live and that you're a sucker for whatever it is they mailed you. :)
I figure there's little or no point to trying to hide addresses from
spammers. Unless you never ever post to a mailing list, or to anyone
off-site, and you've got a non-obvious username, they're going to get
your address anyway.
> Of course, I also suppose it's possible that if enough people install a
> spam filter that works this way, the resulting "spambayes effect" might
> crash a few of their servers. :)
Well, if nothing else, the useless load on their webserver helps push a
little of the cost of spam back towards the spammer.
Anthony Baxter <anthony at interlink.com.au>
It's never too late to have a happy childhood.
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