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InvisibleYthanA
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Make Love Not Spam
    #3433637 - 12/01/04 06:13 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Any of you guys heard about Make Love Not Spam, a screensaver designed by Lycos which allows users to hit back at spammers? When your screensaver is active, it connects to Lycos and retrieves a list of websites which have been advertised in spam e-mails. Then it requests those pages over and over to drive up the spammers' bandwidth costs and slow their sites to a crawl. However, Lycos monitors the sites to ensure they aren't driven offline completely, and the screensaver is limited to using only 3.4MB of bandwidth on your local machine daily.

Now I'm very hesitatant to endorse anything that even remotely resembles a DDoS attack. Especially with the problems this site has been having, the issue is very near and dear to my heart. At the same time, most spammers operate out of foreign countries using networks of owned machines to do their dirty work, which makes it virtually impossible to shut them down through more conventional means. Personally, I've installed this screensaver. What about the rest of you, do you feel this kind of vigilante justice is warranted?

-Y


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Re: Make Love Not Spam [Re: Ythan]
    #3433894 - 12/01/04 07:07 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

My connection times out when I try to connect. Maybe someone is getting back at them as well? I'll try again later. I like the sound of that.


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Re: Make Love Not Spam [Re: Lifenergy]
    #3434115 - 12/01/04 07:59 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Yeah they've been having some issues these past couple days with spammers trying to knock their site offline. Seems to me like they hit a nerve :smile:. If you leave it installed eventually it will connect.

Peace,

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Re: Make Love Not Spam [Re: Lifenergy]
    #3435323 - 12/02/04 12:28 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Quote:

Lifenergy said:
My connection times out when I try to connect. Maybe someone is getting back at them as well? I'll try again later. I like the sound of that.



http://download.yacapa.com/get-download/32919.html


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Re: Make Love Not Spam [Re: z@z.com]
    #3435328 - 12/02/04 12:30 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Thank You!!!


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Re: Make Love Not Spam [Re: Ythan]
    #3436611 - 12/02/04 11:38 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Hehe... it isn't very ethical, but it sure feels good.


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Re: Make Love Not Spam [Re: Ythan]
    #3438228 - 12/02/04 05:20 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

By the way this site uses a similar idea except it targets the web pages of internet scammers (419 advance fee fraud). Also a worthwhile cause although the victims who fall for these scams bear some of the blame.


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Re: Make Love Not Spam [Re: Seuss]
    #3438628 - 12/02/04 06:40 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

I wouldn't call it unethical, but I guess that's debatable...

no linux version? :blush:


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Re: Make Love Not Spam [Re: Ythan]
    #3438630 - 12/02/04 06:40 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

I say yup count me in...if the sources are reliable eh
Me making a website to dos/ddos another ten websites, well...it would have to be looked into deeper.

The shady ass domain names are a hoot :smile:


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