Friday, October 21, 2005

New Spam Technique

One of the most interesting things to me about the Internet is the struggle between spammers and end-users who don't want to get spam. There is a lot of good spam filtering out there now, but in my opinion we will never significantly reduce the nuisance of spam until we come up with a new mail transfer protocol that can actually verify the sender somehow. I'm working on this along with I assume the rest of the population.

In the meantime, the back-and-forth is fun to watch. One new technique I'm noticing is that you'll get a spam email that is basically just text pulled from some news site, and the link to whatever site they are hawking is just there in the middle.

This is a neat innovation. Annoying, but neat.


Anonymous said...

The most hateful spam experience ever happened to me last month. I started getting hundreds of "message undeliverable" messages. Someone had found a way to, as my ISP called it, forge my email address as the return address to Viagra pusher spam. All in all I received, over the period of a month, more than 5000 message undeliverable messages. If 5000 did not get through, how many did? My ISP said there was no action they could take if someone was "forging the headers." So my name (I foolishly used my name as my email address) is out there in cyberspace as a Viagra spammer. I hope your efforts to beat the spammers pan out.

Anonymous said...

Ultimately, this ruined the entire story for me and it almost made me turn people away from the film.
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