BBC via Clarke Ching via alan francis:
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 protected] 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.