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Ingenious email-harvester honeypot

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 Ingenious email-harvester honeypot2003-06-19 23:59
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by Flemming Funch

From BoingBoing:
Merlin Mann outlines an ingenious procedure for identifying spammers' email-harvesters' IP addresses and user-agents:

"In each page I serve, I include a bogus email address, encoded with the date of access as well as the host IP address and embedded in a comment. [Apache's server-side includes are great!] This has allowed me to trace spam back to specific hosts and/or robots.

One of the first I caught with this technique was the robot with the user agent "Mozilla/4.0 efp@gmx.net", which always seems to come from argon.oxeo.com - it's identified it above as simply rude."
Simple and clever. Well, relatively simple for a programmer. Now, if we could coordinate the gathering of a lot of that kind of data. I.e. mapping spam to who mined the address in the first place.

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12 Jul 2003 @ 17:49 by maxtobin : Thanks for this link Ming.
The integrity of any system requires the ability to have a transparent way to control what comes in and then goes out. I believe it is very important to develop open robust systems that allow for only integral communications. Hell when I'm already at my best 'fighting weight' I don't need all that spam that promises me I can loose unwanted weight or increase the size of certain parts of my anatomy. Hee hee. I feel like Poo the Bear with these honey pots coming into my world view.  

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