Internet portal Lycos has made a screensaver that endlessly requests data from sites that sell the goods and services mentioned in spam e-mail.M
Lycos hopes it will make the monthly bandwidth bills of spammers soar by keeping their servers running flat out.
Update: I did start to wonder if this was for real. I mean, there are probably laws that this screensaver violates – or should. But I took a look at what it’s doing. I turned on the logging on my firewall and it really does visit the sites, it makes several requests…
so, being suspicious I wondered if the domains might be bogus…
Domain Name ANYSOFT.BIZ
Domain ID D8128287-BIZ
Sponsoring Registrar GANDI SARL
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID 81
Domain Status ok
Registrant ID O-876962-GANDI
Registrant Name Sergey Gachichiladze
Registrant Organization Sergey Gachichiladze
Registrant Address1 11, Ulan-Bator St.
Registrant City Moscow
Registrant Postal Code 117142
Registrant Country Russian Federation
Registrant Country Code RU
Registrant Phone Number +7.0957899432
Registrant Email email@example.com
Administrative Contact ID SG1094-GANDI
Administrative Contact Name Sergey Gachichiladze
Administrative Contact Address1 11, Ulan-Bator St.
Administrative Contact City Moscow
The screensaver appears to send junk messages such as:
So, surprisingly, judging by Starring, the company who came up with it:
Our business concept is to
help companies do things that give them something to say.
it appears to be for real.