Help fight spam – Project Honey Pot

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Now it’s possible for anyone with a website to help track down spammers. A new project called Project Honey Pot allows website owners to install hidden dynamic code on their website that is hidden from humans but attracts spam bots that gather email addresses. Once lured to a special, hidden page of the site, the spam bot is fed a unique email address that allows the project to trace the spam to the bot that gathered the bogus unique address. I’m not explaining this well, so I’ll stop, but suffice to say that this allows people to track down spammers.

Their site also has some good info about how to avoid spambots, that is, how to publish your email address without getting spammed.

The cool thing is that CAN-SPAM makes harvesting and sending to harvested addresses illegal… so you can take legal action against these bastards…

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