[clug] [OT] spam-bot killer

Kim Holburn kim.holburn at anu.edu.au
Fri Apr 16 15:17:07 GMT 2004

On 2004 Apr 16, , at 6:51 PM, Alex Satrapa wrote:

> On 16 Apr 2004, at 11:28, Kim Holburn wrote:
>> ...  But if they did then you could make a page that could really 
>> chew up spambot cpu cycles.
> But then the spammers would write a virus which infects all the 
> Microsoft™ Windows® computers out there and acts as a distributed 
> network cell.

Already done.

> The spammer could then control the cells remotely, and divvy up the 
> work of decoding pages.

So you get a network of trojans calculating a mandelbrot set that has 
nothing to do with spam?  Or possibly even a seti set.

> Much in the same sense as a "setiathome" project gone bad.
> I wonder if MyDoom could be useful for something other than spam?
> The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of their folly, 
> is to fill the world with fools.
>     -- Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)
Kim Holburn
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