Can You Slow Spammers Down?
from the gotta-keep-trying dept
Yet another anti-spam company is making news for their slightly different take on how to stop spam. The company, TurnTide, is offering a router for ISPs that watches over email traffic, and if the traffic is consistent with that of spam, the system slows down the traffic to a crawl, making spamming less lucrative, in theory. This is, basically, a more commercial means of offering a greylisting solution. The company, which showed up with a new $1 million in funding today at DEMO 2004, claims they have no competitors – but that (as always) is untrue (and whoever invested in them needs to tell them that). My guess, though, is that it won’t take spammers too long to figure out ways to get around this sort of blocking maneuver. At their own end, they’ll simply find spam-sympathetic ISPs (as they do now) that would never use such a system. Then, they’ll probably just hijack more machines and have them each send out limited amounts of email to trick the system into believing they’re legitimate.