Vigilante Action Against Spammers???

Discussion in 'The Intelligence Cell' started by doomsayer, Jan 9, 2005.

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  1. Yeah - Let's see how they like it!

  2. No way - This makes us sink to their level.

  1. I have stumbled across the following website/project

    It is a group of people around the world who have software running on their computers to 'Spam the Spammers'. The main idea is that it causes so many problems (lack of bandwidth, time consuming emails, false entries on websites etc) that even the most prolific Spammers either stop sending Spam or it becomes less profitable.

    I know most people can't stand Spam, but is this a step to far or is it just Spammers getting a taste of their own medicine?
  2. I have a wonderful replacement for your MS Outlook / Outlook Express which does exactly this without confirming that your email address exists. Software is called "Incredimail", have been using it for about 3 years. You can use the freeware version (which unfortunately does have advertising) or you can pay 30 quid for the licenced version! (Recommended), which allows you to preview the messages in the server without wasting all your bandwidth downloading complete sh1te.

    Newest version has a feature called "Bounce" which sends an email back to the originator with a system-generated reply stating that their message suffered an undeliverable error, and would they please see attached message for details.

    Absolutely awesome idea, means these spammers have to sift through their own email to delete them - especially effective when you receive 15 identical emails from the same address. :lol:

    Check here for the details.
  3. G_R - I see what you mean about Incredimail, but SpamItBack works in a different way. Instead of using it to filter your own emails and then possibly 'bouncing' or returning the spam it actively targets the top 200 spammers.

    Each individual on their own makes little difference, but the collective power can cripple a server advertised by spam or make their business more expensive - making spam much less cost effective.

    Arguably, even if only 5% or 10% of all internet users used this type of software, the amount of spam would decrease dramatically.
  4. msr

    msr LE

    Apart from the fact that almost all spammers use falsified email addresses, which means that at best you are generating unnecessary inter traffic and ar worst flooding the inbox of some poor unsuspecting internet user

  5. All very well giving them a taste of their medicine, but it jsut clgs up the Internet and if spam continues to grow at the rate it is jsut now, the returned mail will will end up completely clogging the net in about 1-2yrs! 8O 8O 8O

    No more porn, arrse or funny jokes :evil:

    agent smith
  6. I think that a while back Microsoft had a great idea, which makes a change. I don't know what happened to it, but it might still turn up as an option some day.

    They suggested a form of nominal 'paid' postage on every email, which is collected by your server ONLY if the email is refused by the addressee. It will have no financial effect on nearly all emails sent, unless you are a spammer who is sending millions out to unchecked addresses or to people who are not interested in what you are spamming about.... and who is. Normal people aren't going to be worried about a charge of 1 cent for every 100 emails that are refused at the other end as most people tend to send emails to people they know and the odd mistake is of course free.

    The end result is that while some form of targeted email advertizing may be cost effective, spam would force itself out of the game when the cost of sending it no is longer covered by the income generated...... goodbye spam.
  7. Is this a denial of service attack?

    If so you are breaking the law and your ISP's T&C's...
  8. that would be great if only microsoft didn't bounce so many messages back from other (valid) addresses cos the recipient was over their limit
  9. No point hitting the spammers, for the reasons that MSR mentioned.

    Now clients of the spammers on the other hand.... :twisted: