17-10-03

Laat ons vechten tegen SPAM!

Of toch niet? Je zou voor minder gaan twijfelen als je het artikel van Forbes leest :(

"Just when you thought spammers couldn't get any more despicable Ronald Guilmette, a freelance software designer and antispam crusader, was working at home the night of Aug. 19 when alarms started sounding from his computer firewall. Spammers had launched an attack to jam his network. Guilmette's Internet service provider stepped in to block most of the deluge. But two weeks later a second onslaught began when an anonymous spammer unleashed a million or so e-mails to random people using Guilmette's e-mail address as the sender. Known in hacker parlance as a "Joe job" (the first such victim was apparently named Joe) the e-mails are designed to provoke responses by offending their recipients. Guilmette soon began fielding calls from irate housewives; turns out the spam contained graphic pictures of bestiality. Spammers have escalated their war against online vigilantes like Guilmette who combat spam. On Sept. 17, spammers began flooding Guilmette's machine with a third attack that he couldn't fend off. A few days later Guilmette posted an "unconditional surrender" notice on several popular spam-related Web discussion groups. The attacks ceased almost immediately. That same message was sent to other antispammers. Osirusoft pulled its list of spammers after a similar "distributed denial-of-service attack." Last month William Larson stopped publishing his list after being subjected to a Joe job and fearing a denial-of-service attack, which could bankrupt his company.

All the antispammers under attack run lists that identify Internet addresses and service providers that are known sources of spam. In Guilmette's case, however, what raised the spammers' dander was not the standard "block list," but a new weapon he deployed. Guilmette created fake "open proxy servers," the computers that spammers use to disguise their tracks, and planted them around the Internet. Once he traced a spammer Guilmette would alert the culprit's service providers, many of which investigated and summarily cut the spammers off. "One by one I was ratting them out," says Guilmette. Antispammers aren't finished yet. Many are helping federal authorities probe the recent attacks, which involve breaking many more laws than simple spamming. It's just possible the spammers' deviousness could prove their undoing."

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