Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Lycos Anti-Spam Screensaver

This is an interesting approach, especially for an established Internet business like Lycos. It seems that Lycos is planning to make available a screen saver which when active, will flood websites linked to in spam emails with data requests, in order to suck up their bandwidth, and hopefully dissuade the site owners' from hiring spammers to promote their wares. In other words, it's a corporate-sponsored DDOS attack against spammers and their backers.

I have to wonder about the wisdom of this. Unintended consequences and all that. But, you wouldn't see this kind of measure if otherwise legit ISPs weren't desperate to stem the flow of spam.

It'll be interesting to see how it pans out.


Anonymous said...

I am prety sure it's not a good idea.
These spammers will notice the increase in trafic. Then they will sell add-space on their pages and get extra income from there. High trafic pages can ask more for adds so the end result may just be an incentive to spam more cause it hikes up the add-revenu.
And when normal sites realise that spamming can increase their trafic and thus their add-income spamming will really take off.

Nicholas said...

Does this include any random site that some jackass decides to "Report as spam" that is compelelty overlooked. I don't want anyone spamming up my e-mail with this crap.