Saturday, December 04, 2004

Lycos Fights Spam With DDOS

I don’t know if this will work or not. It might just push up everyone’s bandwidth bills. I’m also not sure that I want my PC/network participating in DoS attacks. On the other hand, I would sure like to help Spammers choke on something.

Lycos Europe has recently joined the fight against spam by releasing a screensaver as part of its "Make Love Not Spam" campaign, which uses its participants machines to bombard websites that advertise through spam e-mails with data, effectively launching a distributed denial of service attack against them, with the intent being to push up bandwidth bills of the spammers who operate these websites. Is this an effective new front in the battle against spam?

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