Do We Want Spam Software That Fights Back?
from the fighting-getting-nastier dept
It’s no secret that spammers are increasingly using dirty tricks to continue the spread of spam – while also doing their best to annoy anti-spam activists. They’ve been launching denial of service attacks on just about all anti-spam sites, and recently tricked a registrar into taking away SpamCop’s domain name. Some in the anti-spam world are sinking lower themselves and looking at ways to fight back by issuing automatic denial of service attacks against links in spam messages. There are a number of obvious problems with such a plan. First of all, it’s illegal. More importantly, though, many anti-spam offerings have been shown to be a little too quick on the trigger, leading to many legitimate messages getting tagged as spam – and folks being hosted on the same servers often found their own email blocked. What happens when a denial of service attack hits one of those servers? Even worse, the spammers will begin to look on this as a tool to do denial of service attacks on their own. They no longer need to infect machines with trojans. Just spam the website they want attacked and the anti-spam tools will do the work for them.