[Spambayes] Latest spammer trick stymied

Tim Stone - Four Stones Expressions tim at fourstonesExpressions.com
Mon Mar 31 17:04:33 EST 2003

3/31/2003 4:15:29 PM, "T. Alexander Popiel" <popiel at wolfskeep.com> wrote:

>In message:  <3E893DA7.31420.20D35DB at localhost>
>             "Richard Jowsey" <richard at jowsey.com> writes:
>>> We have to be careful with this.  It would be relatively simple to
>>> stymie, by simply adding two urls, the spam one, and an unrelated
>>> innocent site.  Or three urls, or whatever...
>>Spammers are simple folk. They won't be putting no innocent url's in 
>>these spams...
>Spammers might be simple folk, but serious crackers (not the script
>kiddies) certainly are not.  If there comes to be a widely deployed
>tool with this sort of fetch-what-I-tell-you-to behaviour, then it
>will get exploited by people wanting to do a denial of service
>attack or similar.  Why bother sending out your own IRC-controlled
>worm, when there's already remote-controllable spamfilters ready
>and waiting to pound a site into the ground?  After all, writing
>(and releasing) a worm is already recognized as a crime, but the
>legality of just sending out a not-as-innocent-as-it-looks email
>blast is still in contention...

EXCELLENT point, Alex.  Case closed.

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