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IBM gives spammers a taste of their own

IBM has launched a software application that hits spammers back just as hard as they hit the public. The new FairUCE service bounces spam emails directly back to the senders computer, not the email address from which they originate.

If enough people use the service, it creates the equivalent of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the spammers computers, clogging up their systems and taking up processor capacity and bandwidth that otherwise could be used for sending spam. And the great thing is: legally it isn't even a DDoS attack because all the service does is bounce the emails back.

March 23, 2005 | Permalink


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