Making spammers pay..with your screensaver.

I’ve been doing this for awhile with a screensaver from here , but it appears that Lycos is jumping on the bandwagon as well.

When the screensaver kicks in, it automatically requests data from spamming websites, putting a “load” on those servers. The screensavers are designed to NOT do a DOS (denial of service) attack on the servers, but to put a load on the servers, making the spammers at least pay more dough to host their crap.

The screensaver evens displays a cool graphic showing data requests hitting the various spam servers.

(To clarify, it’s hitting the websites HOSTING the spammed Viagra ads etc…its not hitting the servers that send the mail)

I highly recommend the screensaver (it’s for Mac and Windows last time I checked)

And apparently I didn’t notice the existing thread about this.

Insert forehead slap and “D’Oh” sound.

If a mod would issue a cleanup and closure in aisle 5, please.


LINK to other thread.

:smack: D’oh!!