Make Love Not Spam

Sushubh

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Lycos is offering a free screensaver available for Windows Operating System and MacOS. What they do is keep an updated database of websites, which are promoted through Spam mails. The screensaver uses a little bandwidth from the user’s computer to download data from those sites in the background. It is done in such a manner that the web servers running the guilty websites get enough web traffic to slow them down considerably without actually bringing them down. In the end, the spammers pay for the bandwidth used by the web servers and make a potential loss.

Lycos clarifies that none of the sites targeted are hit badly enough that they would go down. Because that would amount to illegal DDoS attack. The concept is being termed as distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. The screensaver uses little bandwidth on the user side as Lycos claim daily usage would not go above 4megs. Moreover, the combined effort might really help in the long term.

Download: http://makelovenotspam.com/intl/mlns.html?lang=en&region=uk
More Info: Make Love Not Spam: Hit the spammers back
 
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There is a question of it still being labelled as a DDos legally despite LYCOS Europes claim. F Secure has posted an interesting counterpoint. So there may be a bit of spam wars now !!!
 


Sushubh

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well its illegal if it drives the server down. netcraft posted some stats which showed that the targeted sites slowed down but none went down. spamming is illegal. shooting in self defense is legal ;) i am using this screensaver but the time my PC is online and free are rare considering i got the night pack with just 12 hrs of online time :p
 
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Can someone post a link to their copy of it? The makelovenotspam website is overcrowded and I can't get it. Someone get it to me and I will throw it up on my T3 pipe.

avsfan5555@yahoo.com
 

Sushubh

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Some ISPs have blocked access to this website and usability of the screensaver. The latest is that the site and already installed screensavers only show a ‘Stay Tuned’ message.

Lycos Screensaver stays in News