Lycos Using Distributed Denial Of Service Attacks On Spammers
from the good-or-bad? dept
ISPs have a variety of methods that they use to combat spam, but Lycos Europe is going to quite an extreme with their plan to offer up a screen saver to users that constantly pings servers suspected to be used by spammers. In other words, it's a distributed denial of service attack against spammers by Lycos. It's just that, rather than zombie machines, Lycos is hoping that this "good cause" will make people agree to run the screensaver. This is certainly opening up quite a can of worms. Lycos seems to think they're in the legal clear because the attack is designed to merely slow down spam servers, rather than knock them offline completely. However, it still seems like an incredibly risky move. Imagine the legal complaint from someone falsely accused of being a spammer by this system. While some people may feel that any kind of attack back on spammers is justified, this simply goes too far. Obviously something needs to be done to stop spammers, but deliberately slowing their server, without any notification or recourse, risks causing too much damage to innocent bystanders.