Artists against 419 - feature and interview

Posted on Wednesday, November 09 2005 @ 3:45 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Fed up of Nigerian 419 scam emails? A group called Artists Against 419 certainly are - they perform a virtual Flash Mob and aim to take down the fake banks' web hosting. White Hat or Black Hat hacking? We interview the Artists, investigate their actions from a legal and ethical standpoint, and draw some conclusions. Interesting stuff for anyone who's suffered under the weight of spam.

Taking down the website is a classic Denial of Service attack, but the Artists are very clear about stopping the attack before that occurs. They're not taking down the website - they're just pushing the limits of the cheap-and-cheerful hosting the scammers have used. This would appear to keep them short of causing legal damage.. Read on over Bit-Tech.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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