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Lycos Anti Spam Screensaver Is A Stupid Idea

Mike McDonald
Staff Writer
Published: 2004-11-30

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The 'hit list' is going to be generated by real time black hole services like Spamcop. I don't know how much you guys know about Spamcop and services like them. How reliable are they?

Well, let's see what they have to say on their site:

Here's the page.

Here are some highlights:

""It is not possible for any blocking tool to avoid blocking wanted mail entirely."

"The SCBL is aggressive and often errs on the side of blocking mail."

"There is no warranty associated with using this system. It is provided as is.""

Now, based on these types of disclaimers, you're telling me that you're comfortable launching what is essentially a coordinated DOS attack on people that end up on their list?

Now, don't get me wrong... I'm not pro-spammer, I'm just anti-stupidity and this is a stupid idea that will have somebody wrongly accused, wrongly listed and then wrongly attacked by a few thousand Lycos users within a week of it's inception.

No matter the reason a DOS attack is a DOS attack. It's widely considered to be as troublesome as hacking in any other setting and it is possibly a criminal act.

You can join a spirited discussion pro and con about the Lycos screensaver at WebProWorld:

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About the Author:
Mike is a manager at iEntry. He has been with iEntry since 2000.

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