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How Do You Fool Spam Bots? 87 87

ThisIsAnExampleAccou asks: "I am currently researching Spam Bots, and the various methods by which they collect addresses. While doing my research, I have started to notice the various ways that people post their email addresses to fool spam filters (i.e. bob@hottroutmail.com - go fishing to mail me) What clever ways have you seen/done to fool spambots while still letting people know how to get in contact with you?"
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How Do You Fool Spam Bots?

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  • Re:I don't. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Alan Shutko (5101) on Friday October 24, 2003 @07:29PM (#7305417) Homepage
    I post my address unobfuscated, you insensitive clod!

    Ditto. Google my address and you'll find it in mailing lists, Usenet, web pages. It's everywhere. It's also about 4 years old, I think.

    I don't believe in making people jump through hoops to get in touch with me. And as you've noted, you have to make your email address increasingly more obfuscated to keep it off of lists. And if one of your friends or family gets a virus or sends you an e-card, your address is "contaminated" and you'll get junk.

    Instead, I run bogofilter and deal with it. I don't have to constantly send out new addresses to people. If a friend from elementary school wants to look me up, he can find me. (And yes, that's happened.) And people can actually hit "reply" on messages I post. Wow.
  • bullshit. (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Elwood P Dowd (16933) <judgmentalist@gmail.com> on Friday October 24, 2003 @07:53PM (#7305547) Journal
    I am currently researching Spam Bots, and improving the methods by which they collect addresses. While doing my research, I have started to notice that people post their email addresses to fool spam filters (i.e. bob@hottroutmail.com - go fishing to mail me) What clever ways have you seen/done to fool spambots while still letting people know how to get in contact with you?
  • GIF (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Detritus (11846) on Friday October 24, 2003 @07:56PM (#7305571) Homepage
    I recently tried to email the maintainer of a web page and quickly discovered that the listed email address wasn't text, it was rasterized text in a GIF file. Unless the bot can do OCR, it can't read it. The only problem is that this trick is hostile to the blind.
  • by Splork (13498) on Saturday October 25, 2003 @12:48AM (#7306695) Homepage
    the spam bot authors have already patched their bots for anything mildly useful mentioned in this thread.

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