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Re: [anti-spam-wg] antispam suggestion

  • From: Walter Ian Kaye walter@localhost
  • Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2007 10:42:56 -0700

At 12:41 p +0400 10/19/2007, Alexander Kolesnik didst inscribe upon an electronic papyrus:

Dear sirs,

Last  time  I'm  receiving  a  lot  of  spam  to my RIPE contact

I have a suggestion that will probably help to reduce spam to emails
provided in RIPE whois output:
1. Substitute email addresses in whois output with something like "use";

Replacing an email address with an HTTP URL is good. (Although just today I got a spam via my web form; but that is so inefficient for a spammer, it's rarely used. How flattering that they bothered. Heh.)

2. Substitute letters in emails at with
their graphical representation or use javascript to build the text
that spam robots will be unable to parse.
3. Add following text to your whois web-engine: "You need
javascript-compatible (graphics-compatible) browser to see emails".

Locking out text-only browsers like Lynx is bad.

There are many ways to text-munge an email address. For example:
tldcomdommicrosoftusrbillg or billg [at] microsoft [dot] com
A human can figure that out easily but it'll just look like a random string to a spambot. The encoding format could even change at random intervals.

a Lynx user (even on Mac OS X)