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Spammers Targeted With DDoS Attack


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#1 Scarlett

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Posted 30 November 2004 - 12:07 PM

Turning the tables on bulk mailers... Lycos is offering its customers a screensaver that helps to launch denial-of-service attacks on spammers' websites - a tactic more commonly associated with hackers or the spammers themselves who abuse networks of compromised machines to send large volumes of data. by Dan Ilett November 30 2004 The controversial move is designed to use the idle processing power of a computer to slow down the response times from spammers' websites. Wessel Van Rensburg, product manager of communications for Lycos, said: "Lycos has been trying to position itself in the fight against spam. It launches tonight in the UK. It aims to use our community to fight spam. It uses idle computer power and sends requests to spam sites." Drastic or well deserved?
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Posted 30 November 2004 - 12:18 PM

Oh Great!

We've a pseudo Browser War going on with all the attacks on them, and the
resulting re-engagements to fix, patch, and repair....

Now one of the poorest of the ISP's out there wants to light off an ISP WAR???



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Posted 30 November 2004 - 12:37 PM

One thing that you can not deny-when an application allows any user to fight against spammers, then it is news. I am not saying that it is right.
This text is in white.
Makes me wonder if those users (who install it), are no better then the spammers. It is basically using every tactic that people want spammers to stop doing.
It is amazing what you find when reading between the lines!
Fighting junk mail, with junk mail?
What else could I hide?
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Posted 30 November 2004 - 12:50 PM

You're killin' me smalls. Lol
:thumbsup: Check it out~ Im observant enough, I guess. Lol

BTW YVW

Back to the subject at hand. They (Lycos) may consider this to be, fighting fire with fire. But two wrongs never make a right. What I wonder, could this lead to further down the road?

Edited by scarlett, 30 November 2004 - 01:14 PM.

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Posted 30 November 2004 - 01:44 PM

Congestion on the net.Waste of packets and bandwidth. Loss of your ISP when the logs show you DDoSing someone. ISP's in general use filtering to prevent this kind of attack. You think spammers use legitimate means to spam??

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Posted 02 December 2004 - 12:10 AM

Since Lycos (http://www.tripod.lycos.com/) is offering its customers a screensaver that helps to launch denial-of-service attacks on spammers' websites.

Then are they going to stop the pop ads you get when you visited a Tripod/Lycos - customer web site?

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Posted 03 December 2004 - 10:09 AM

LYCOS Follow-up Story:

Lycos anti-spam weapon melts away!

(Graeme Wearden ZDNet UK December 03, 2004, 13:45 GMT)

After days of negative publicity and criticism, the 'Make love not spam' application is
no longer available

The saga of the Lycos 'Make love not spam' screensaver took another twist on Friday
morning, with Lycos appearing to withdraw the controversial tool.

More on LYCOS acting irresponsibly
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Posted 03 December 2004 - 04:57 PM

Since Lycos (http://www.tripod.lycos.com/) is offering its customers a screensaver that helps to launch denial-of-service attacks on spammers' websites.

Then are they going to stop the pop ads you get when you visited a Tripod/Lycos - customer web site?

I happen to agree with you govirgil I'm no big fan of Lycos eiether. I try to avoid Lycos sites when possible. For instance whenever I'm searching for images on Google and I see Lycos/Tripod in the link. I pass. Just MHO.

Thanks for the update Koan I feel it is a good thing that this was nipped in the bud. This whole idea was just messed up. :thumbsup:

Edited by scarlett, 03 December 2004 - 04:58 PM.

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