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A new weapon in the war against Spam!
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 24 August 2006 21:30
Fighting Spam With Spamalot
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AUGUST 24, 2006 | If you've ever fantasized about hitting a spammer where he lives, check this out: Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have built an anti-spam toolkit that poses as duped spam victims and attempts to drain a spammer's resources.

The toolkit, called Spamalot, uses intelligent agents that interact online with the human side of the spammers, dragging out correspondence and providing false information, to derail spam scams (like the Nigerian 419 bank scheme) by flooding them with duped messages and replies. It also fills out spammed Web forms.

"The goal of Spamalot is to consume as much human resources as possible of those who are sending spam," says Peter Nelson, professor and head of the department of computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Nelson says spammers typically get only about a one- to 5 percent response rate to their millions of emails, and very few are false positives. Tying them up with Spamalot could disrupt them, he says, although he admits it's difficult to measure by just how much.

Nelson says Spamalot also may fake spammers into thinking their messages weren't filtered so they won't resend a reinvented version. "Perhaps that could [reduce] the evolution of spam" messages.....More



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