[Project_owners] New Spam tactic

John Dobbins john at brandxcomputers.com
Tue Oct 7 01:38:11 EDT 2003


Jay Garcia wrote:

>On 06.10.03 22:49, John Dobbins wrote:
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>>Jay Garcia wrote:
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>>>Send a report to the abuse at TheISP address and if the ISP has an AUP
>>>specifically stating that spamming is against policy, then the ISP may
>>>terminate the connection.
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>>>Finding out who is responsible can be rather difficult and may require a
>>>court order to do so because of privacy restrictions on the part of the
>>>ISP. Let the ISP deal with it.
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>>Spammers grab an account expecting it to be cancled in a day or two, so 
>>reporting it just nabs ametaurs.
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>>These are pros working for one of the sites that promise to raise your 
>>ranking in google. They do it by having lots of pages that link to thier 
>>customers sites. Cancel thier account and they will have another one 
>>tomorrow.
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>>John Dobbins.
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>Only a rank amateur would spam this address. How many project_owner
>mails go out? It's akin to harvesting addresses off the secure server, IMHO.
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If the goal was getting spam in your inbox there are more efective ways 
to do that than the small lists at mozdev. If the goal is having 
Google's spider find a link at a page like this one

http://mozdev.org/pipermail/project_owners/2003-October/000698.html

then spamming a small list is very effective. Once that link is found 
google factors it in when it ranks searchs, the more links the spider 
finds the higher the ranking. Often getting a spam that will be deleted 
unread in your inbox is a secondary consideration. The primary one is 
getting a link on an archive webpage for a spider to find.

John Dobbins

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