Lycos launches screensaver to bug spammers

Posted on Monday, Nov 29 2004 @ 20:11 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Internet portal Lycos has made a screensaver that endlessly requests data from sites that sell the goods and services mentioned in spam e-mail. Lycos hopes it will make the monthly bandwidth bills of spammers soar by keeping their servers running flat out.

The net firm estimates that if enough people sign up and download the tool, spammers could end up paying to send out terabytes of data.

More information at BBC
The Make LOVE not SPAM screensaver from Lycos can be found here.


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