Lycos Europe screen saver was only supposed to slow spammers. Ironically, the screen saver site itself is down too, apparently from a DDOS attack by spammers.
Internet research firm Netcraft is reporting
that most Web
sites targeted by an anti-spammer campaign by Lycos Europe are being
effectively taken down.
The campaign uses a screen saver
program distributed by Lycos Europe on its MakeLoveNotSpam.com
of Thursday morning the site itself was inaccessible.
anti-virus vendor F-Secure
, at least one spammer site had been set
to redirect its traffic to the MakeLoveNotSpam.com site.
eWEEK Labs takes a look at three winners in the battle against spam. Read about them here.
Lycos Europe is denying earlier
that the MakeLoveNotSpam.com site was defaced by hackers,
claiming it to be a hoax.
Debates are raging
over the legality of Lycos Europes campaign against
the sites it designates as spammers. The company has said it constructs
the list of targets by reviewing spam monitors such as www.spamcop.com
and by manually checking the sites to see if they sell products promoted by spam. A Lycos Europe spokesperson said the company has determined its practice to be legal.
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While Lycos Europes goal is to throttle the site performance down to 5 percent, such fine-tuning can be difficult and cannot control the sources of other traffic to those sites.
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