Friday, 25 October 2002. Latest is that servers are starting to block spam, but is should still be fun to help them. So read on!

Nik Rawlinson of PCW magazine wrote an article, in the October 2002 issue, deploring the spread of spam. He put forward the idea of putting a list of all the spam addresses, that we can muster, on our web sites so that they will be picked up by the 'spiders'.

My programs write htm pages that include many spammers' email addresses, so that the spammers system gets overloaded with fake addys collected by the 'spiders'. Then the spammers will be spamming the spammers!

The fake addresses will be included in the mailing lists that are being compiled and sold. An example of 'The biter being bit!'

Over time, the spammers' email systems will be overloaded, and killed off by their upstream providers!

It was a pain to get the info from my 'Blocked Senders' list. There is no way to copy/paste the addys. I had to copy c:\windows\user.dat into Word and manually edit it! Made my eyes sore! Anyone know of a better way to manage the 'Blocked Senders' list? It is, therefore, necessary to get the spammer's details from the email.

Make sure that you get the spammers details BEFORE you delete, or send it to the 'Blocked Senders' list. It can be done by highlighting the email title in the email window then right click >properties>details then copy/paste the spammer's addy to NoteBook (or other text prog).

I keep a NotePad icon on my task bar for convenience.

All the programs that I have written need the spammers email server name ie

The first prog only needs you to type in the spammer's mail server, ie the part after the '@' sign, and a file name - very simple! It makes an htm page with 100 email addys that you can put on your web site.

The second prog needs you to copy/paste the whole spammers email ie into a file using NotePad (or other text prog). It then makes an htm page containing all the email addresses.

The third prog is the most effective. You copy/paste the spammer's mail server, ie the part after the '@' sign into a file using NotePad (or other text prog). It then generates email addresses based on the spammer's email server with random user part ie the part before the '@' sign. eg All the email addys have to be verified as genuine before use. As the prog can generate eight thousand billion different addys, if everyone puts a thousand on their site it will swamp them!

This is the text of an email received today - Tuesday, 03 September 2002. We are going to be plagued by spam if we or the authorities do nothing. See here. Needless to say the sender is now on my spammer system!

I will keep a list of the 'fight back' html files that I create from my spam here. Save them and include them on your web site. Let's fight back!!
First prog

This is the simplified version. All you need is the spammers email server - that is all the email address after the '@' sign. You then just run the program and type in the spammers mail server then give a file name. The program then writes an htm page with 100 email addys based on the spammer's mail server.
When you have used - fake100.exe - you my feel OK about using the programs below.

The instructions and program - fake100.exe - are here.


Second prog

I have written a prog to convert a text file of spammers' emails into html code

The instructions & BASIC prog - txt2mail.exe - are here.


Third prog

I have extended the principle above to write a prog that generates fake emails.

The prog makes fake email addys from two random number generators combined with the spammer's email server. When the 'spider' picks it up from your web page, it has to check that it is a genuine email addy by sending an email and getting the 'not valid' reply. If we can get a million people to have a thousand fake addys on their sites, and change them monthly, it would cause a big headache for the spammers.

The program can generate eight thousand billion (8,000,000,000,000) different fake addresses!