[Spambayes] Latest spammer trick stymied
skip at pobox.com
Mon Mar 31 15:46:36 EST 2003
>> We definitely should NOT crawl the site, just in case it really is an
>> innocent url. The load can crush a site, particularly if it's
Richard> Nah. You need to throw thousands of requests at a half-decent
Richard> web server before it gives up the ghost. And if they're sending
Richard> out 10 million mail pieces, they should expect their http
Richard> server to take some load. These are definitely NOT innocent
Richard> emails. They come from bogus senders, have minimal headers
Richard> (deliberately), and contain *nothing* but a url. Which points,
Richard> via redirect naturally, to an incest porn or get-a-huge-penis
Richard> site, etc.
You can't make that judgement beforehand. If the site you are poking is a
valid site and the email received was not spam, none of what you said holds.
If I remember correctly, you said this was only to be performed in
circumstances where certain criteria were met, none of which included a
conclusion the mail was spam.
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