Peter M Howard ::

Think You’re Fighting Spam?

14September2005 [webprog]
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I found a link to ‘SpamPoison’ (.com) while browsing, and found it rather humourous. I’m not going to link to them here and perpetuate the myth, but you can type in their address yourself and take a look. The site claims to be fighting spam, by (and I haven’t tried confirming this yet) redirecting email harvesting robots to junk email lists — based on how a harvesting bot works, scouring a page for links, following them and ferreting away any email addresses for spam lists. But in reality, this site is just Spam itself — by having a wide range of sites all linking to it, it can fool search engine robots and Google Ads (of which it hosts a number) into thinking it’s an authority on ‘spam’.