[lug] SPAM (was: email mystery)

D. Stimits stimits at idcomm.com
Fri Feb 23 12:42:54 MST 2001

Deva Samartha wrote:
> Only problem is, how does one recognize an undesired robot?
> Googlebot is welcome and they respect robots.txt, so it seems, but if some
> other creature ignores it and you want to feed it sweeties, how do you
> distinct the access from a regular surfer going after a page? Would need to
> have a list of known bad guys and compare against, I guess?
> But then, if the list is publicly accessible the bad bots look if they are
> in there and disguise.
> One would need to be member of a white hat brotherhood maintaining such
> information giving it out only to members sworn in by blood?
> S.
> At 10:28 AM 2/23/01 -0700, you wrote:
> >Oops, looks like this is what the http://www.devin.com/sugarplum/ URL
> >was about. I spoke too soon.

The tool has a database to which you must add spammer addresses. It
apparently compares the HTTP_USER_AGENT variable, and if the given name
matches, it sends them to the fake db.

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