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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • FFB? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by johnseq (1046) on 2003.10.14 13:22 (#24870) Journal
    Matt,

    What do you think of Paul Graham's idea of Filters that Fight Back?

    http://www.paulgraham.com/ffb.html

    The basic idea is that by automatically crawling the links in spam a certain number of times (100-200), you would flood a spammers response rate with junk traffic and also ensure that bandwidth costs exceeded the financial rewards of spam.

    I love the symmetry of responding to junk traffic with junk traffic.

    OTOH, I know the problem of having spam include other people's URLs at the bottom would need to be addressed, but would maintaining black- and whitelists for people who should and shouldn't be crawled be a more straightforward endeavor that what exists today?

    • Re:FFB? (Score:3, Interesting)

      This is never going to fly. It comes down to one basic principle:

      Two wrongs don't make a right.

      As much as I hate spam, and think Ralsky deserves to be behind bars, it is not for me to attack his servers (even if done so in a distributed fashion).