Kill Email Harvesting Bots

this link kills spamOne of the things that I hate most is spam. Either it’s the spam that you received from email or comment, they are just the same. So far the actions that I took are defensive. I’m just trying hard to block or filter all the incoming spam.

Lately I found this site call – This link kills spam. The site is created to fill the email harvesting bots with invalid email addresses. Below is the explanation from the site.

“This site renders these harvester’s lists useless by filling them with invalid e-mail addresses. Once a spammer hits this site, they enter an infinite loop of randomly created email addresses (starting with the ones it generates when it first comes to the site) Once a mailing list has been poisoned with a number of invalid e-mail addresses, the resources required to send a message to this list increases, even though the number of valid recipients has not. This forces the spammer to exhaust more resources to send e-mail, in theory costing the spammer money and time. A best-case scenario would cause the spammer to throw out the mailing lists completely.”

Basically all you need to do is place a link provided by the site so that whenever a harvester visits your site, it gets filled with invalid email addresses. I’m not sure how this works because I never did use an email harvesting bots before. If this link does not give me much trouble or interfere with my blogging, I’m willing to take the chance and placing it. I sure don’t like the feeling that my blog are use to collect emails for spamming purposes. This will be my first offensive step against the spamming. If you know more about this or understand the effectiveness of this link, please share. Thanks.

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12 Responses to “Kill Email Harvesting Bots”

  1. SexyOldBroad says:

    Does it really work? I’d put it on my blog if I thought it would actually do something other than promote someone else’s site. I can’t imagine that the spammers wouldn’t figure out a way around it fairly quickly. They earn too many dollars to be out of business in a hurry.

  2. Kumo says:

    That’s what I think too. But no harm giving it a try and figure it out if it works or not.

  3. Haney says:

    Currently, my Akismet plugin has blocked over 2K spam comments. I guess it’s just inevitable. Anyway, thanks for adding me to your technorati favs.

  4. MindBlogger says:

    Nice concept. Killing spam with spam:)

    For me, Akismet for WordPress had been really effecient in killing spam. I usually get around 40-50 commments, but they are instantly identified by Akismet and being removed.

    Cheers!

  5. Kumo says:

    I use Akismet too. The plugin has block over 600 spam in just 3 month time. I even received a record high of 100 spam in just one day. That’s what makes me worried that Akismet might not able to handle that much if there is a huge wave of spam in one day.

  6. Can I do this with the junk mail I get? I get more of that I actually have to deal with than spam. That’s covered. I haven’t really understood the issue with spam email when junk mail effects more people and the environment. Maybe I will wait until I rich and hire a few envelope stuffers to send junk mail back to the senders in bulk. Maybe 1000 letters at a time. Yes, I would go that far to make a point.
    Sorry to use your post as a place to vent. I am tired of getting 4-5 refinance letters a day. My email is fine.

  7. Nishadha says:

    Wow this is a cool idea , killing spam with spam , but the thing is can this site be trusted , I will do some searching before I’m going to install something like this in my blog

  8. Kumo says:

    Dear Stephan Miller,
    I think a lot of spam email issue are cause by spyware and viruses. They collect your email details and then starts the email attack. Some website that you visited and put up your email address will cause that too. That is why I divided my email accounts into private and business.

    Dear Nishadha,
    The only effect that I can think of after placing the link is that I might help to promote the site. Please let me know if you found any info related to the site. Thanks

  9. LJP says:

    I’ve been looking for something like this. I’m not sure if this is the one I will be using – thanks for the info! 🙂

  10. Kumo says:

    I’m not sure if this works but no harm trying it.

  11. Jon says:

    Thanks for the advise. I’m willing to try anything once and if it stops some spam its got to be worth at least a test run.

  12. Kumo says:

    That’s what I think too.