from the more-tools-for-the-spamfighting-toolbox dept.
aralin asks: "Recently I got this idea and wrote a little perl script to extract all the second (third in case of co.uk) level domains from my last month's collection of spam (some 4000 messages). I ran that against a nameserver to find the ones with NS record (valid domains) and made a list for my procmail filter. I get about 10 mails a day that escape to SpamAssassin for various reasons and since I began to check them against my list of domains I caught half of these. The idea is that if they want to sell something, or put a working web bug in my email, they need to provide a valid url with valid domain. If we filter domains from a URL in confirmed spam, then its almost certain any other email referencing such domain is spam as well. What I wanted to ask Slashdot is whether you know about some software project that already uses this form of spam detection as an addition to rule matching and Bayes filters?"
That's the thing about people who think they hate computers. What they
really hate is lousy programmers.
- Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle in "Oath of Fealty"