Picketing With Packets

Bill Stewart stewarts at ix.netcom.com
Sun Aug 17 11:48:57 PDT 1997

At 02:27 PM 8/16/97 -0700, Mike Duvos wrote:
>I availed myself of some free home page enhancements on the Web
>yesterday, and all of a sudden, my SPAM has increased by at least
>an order of magnitude.  Obviously, one or more of the sites I
>visited sold my email address to Mr. Spamford.

Not obvious at all - spammers have harvester programs that
hunt down new web pages to find spammer targets,
and since three of the different spammer groups are hitting you,
that's probably what happened.

>The following was suggested to me by someone on IRC this morning,
>and I think it's a pretty nifty idea.  We write a little Perl
>script that keeps exactly ONE AND ONLY ONE TCP connection open to
>each of Mr. Spamford's machines.  

Perl is a nice language to write such things in, but you won't
get huge quantities of people implementing it, except perhaps Linux users.
You need an executable that'll run on Win3.1 or Win95 (sigh);
a user interface letting you input different targets is also good.
However, that doesn't really block the spammers who buy a list of
N million targets and send spam out from their own machines,
though shutting down Spamford and Harris Marketing would help,
and would cut down the sales of the lists.

#			Thanks;  Bill
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