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May 7th, 2002

Take That, Spammers!

I submit spam to Spamcop and even pay for their filtering service. I’ve posted it to Please Spam Me! to try and be sarcastic about it. But, the truth is, spam pisses me off as much now as it did three years ago.

So, I decided to fight back. I now have a hacked together, mostly automated solution that creates this: Free Mass E-mail Addresses. What you see there is a list of over 1800 e-mail addresses of spammers and people who have sent me a virus (99.5% of them are spammers, though). The page exists as an attempt to lure other spambots and e-mail harvesters to grab that list of addresses. The purpose is two-fold. First, I hope to dilute spammers’ databases with a couple thousand invalid addresses. And what about those addresses that are valid and still send UCE? Well, those people will happily find their way onto the “Hot sex with wild horses” list.

I didn’t really think that this page would do all that much, but recently, it’s been firing up people like my diet page. Last week I had a person request to be removed. This week, someone contacted my web host telling them “[the people at] currently have an updated list… which is being used by other people to send unsolicited pornographic emails to people on this list. Was wondering if you have any control over this activity – such as having your client remove the page.” I’m firing people up!

But all those folks have to do is read the page: for a mere $500, I will remove their address. With a smile, even.

Posted in Technology

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday May 7, 2002 -- 11:30:26 am
Stick it to the man! Stick it to several men!!!

FROM: Monica
DATE: Tuesday May 7, 2002 -- 12:22:47 pm
all I can say is... that is too sweet! Awesome!

FROM: Katherine [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday May 7, 2002 -- 3:21:54 pm
Wow, I hope I never screw up and send you a virus by accident. Maybe I should take you out of my address book.

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday May 7, 2002 -- 3:34:59 pm
Although I support the effort 120% in principle, I have a concern about using the return address, since they are usually hijacked. A couple of months ago I got a lot of mail bounced back to, or something like that. Apparently, a spammer had used my domain as the return address. I quickly set up a filter to bounce all the bounces to, but if Laze had gotten one I would now be on his list. And I am definately not a spammer!

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday May 7, 2002 -- 4:29:15 pm
Chris -- I understand your concern. And if a spam does appear to be forged and someone brings it up with me, I'll remove it. Probably even free of charge. :)

FROM: Alex [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday May 8, 2002 -- 1:10:49 am
Fight the good fight Ryan.

FROM: Scott R
DATE: Tuesday May 21, 2002 -- 7:06:11 pm
Sir, I bow to your sheer ingenuity. You are a master.

FROM: King Random
DATE: Monday June 3, 2002 -- 10:50:20 pm
Go Ryan, Go Ryan. At least there is one person out there who actually puts effort into fighting wrongs. My full support.

FROM: Marcus Mackey
DATE: Tuesday June 4, 2002 -- 9:31:31 pm
You have got to be careful with this Ryan! LoL I get on an auto racing message board and the irony of it all is that I believe they recently got a virus on their Ultimate Bulletin Board service. It somehow manages to use e-mail addresses added into the profile database to send out e-mails, with a .bat file attachment (or .htm, .jpg, .pat, few other formats of files) or attachments and then spews this e-mail out all over the place to anyone in it's database (which with 10,000+ members...).

To give you an idea, I have gotten 3-4 e-mails (FROM MYSELF; and it wasn't sent from my computer, guaranteed!) in the past 2 weeks, and probably about 9-10 e-mails total including one from (RPM.Net is the parent company of the provider of the site at ). The reason I know it's their server, is because one of the e-mails contains as it's subject tag-line, the "FIRST" line of text I used in a post on there about a year ago.

The worst part of it all... 90% of the time their server's bandwidth is so soaked up that you can't get through, and the rare times (after midnight) that I could get through, I've "YET" to find a contact link to message and notify them on it. It makes me wonder how long before 90% of the non-Mac folk on the service end up with a virus as a result of all of this.

Ahhh... this is why we all love Outlook on PC... ;-) Innovation through obscurity. Microsoft. :-D

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday June 5, 2002 -- 12:41:46 am
Marcus -- Don't worry... I haven't added any Klez "senders" to my list.

DATE: Sunday June 9, 2002 -- 2:38:46 pm
The greatest idea since the Navy switched to powdered soap!!! A thousand blessings on your house (and let us web surfers know if you need more names for your list)!!!

FROM: Hopper
DATE: Friday October 17, 2003 -- 3:51:19 pm
Thanks for fighting the spammers. I also
hate unsolicited mail. Do you have a
virus I can return to some of these
spammers? Maybe a "clear list" type... lol

FROM: Crazy Horse
DATE: Friday March 4, 2005 -- 6:54:40 pm
Shite man, I like spam. Can you add my adresses to your list?

It helps me filter learn ya know . . .

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