Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Spammers come to Sticky End - Project Honey Pot

Project Honey Pot tracks and identfies spammers who harvest email addresses from web pages and publishes the results on their site.. They do this by collating data received by multiple decoy web pages. To be truly effective the more information they can gather the better. We can all help with the project in a number of ways.

  • If you do not have access to your server (as is the case with hosted blogs such as Blogger) you can help by including a link on your blog; which will cause spammers to get 'caught in the honey pot' (the link is invisible to legitimate readers)

  • If you host your site on your own server and have access to its configuration you can help by either or both of these methods:

    • Uploading a 'honey pot' to your site (a script that is generated for you on the project site) and including invisible links on your web pages.

    • Donating a domain or subdomain. All email traffic to this site is redirected to Project Honey Pot. I can have unlimited domains and subdomains with my host, Hostgator, so I have created a number of sub domains and donated them.

Project Honey Pot publishes the following information on their site as a result of their sticky lure:

  • a list of the top URL's, keywords and domains used by comment spammers. Bloggers are very familiar with spam comments!

  • a list of the top IP addresses used by harvesters. Spammers build their email lists primarly by using a harvester which is a computer program that surfs the internet for email addresses.

  • a list of the top IP addresses used by spam servers. Spam servers are the computers used by spammers to send messages.

  • a list of the top IP addresses used by dictionary attackers. Dictionary attackers are those spammers who create email addresses comprised of common names or topic. They reckon they are bound to strike lucky as for example it may be a topic of interest to you or the name of a person you know.

Please consider joining Project Honey Pot, contributing in one of the above ways and reduce email spamming.

Stop Spam Harvesters, Join Project Honey Pot


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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Spammers come to Sticky End - Project Honey Pot

Project Honey Pot tracks and identfies spammers who harvest email addresses from web pages and publishes the results on their site.. They do this by collating data received by multiple decoy web pages. To be truly effective the more information they can gather the better. We can all help with the project in a number of ways.

  • If you do not have access to your server (as is the case with hosted blogs such as Blogger) you can help by including a link on your blog; which will cause spammers to get 'caught in the honey pot' (the link is invisible to legitimate readers)

  • If you host your site on your own server and have access to its configuration you can help by either or both of these methods:

    • Uploading a 'honey pot' to your site (a script that is generated for you on the project site) and including invisible links on your web pages.

    • Donating a domain or subdomain. All email traffic to this site is redirected to Project Honey Pot. I can have unlimited domains and subdomains with my host, Hostgator, so I have created a number of sub domains and donated them.

Project Honey Pot publishes the following information on their site as a result of their sticky lure:

  • a list of the top URL's, keywords and domains used by comment spammers. Bloggers are very familiar with spam comments!

  • a list of the top IP addresses used by harvesters. Spammers build their email lists primarly by using a harvester which is a computer program that surfs the internet for email addresses.

  • a list of the top IP addresses used by spam servers. Spam servers are the computers used by spammers to send messages.

  • a list of the top IP addresses used by dictionary attackers. Dictionary attackers are those spammers who create email addresses comprised of common names or topic. They reckon they are bound to strike lucky as for example it may be a topic of interest to you or the name of a person you know.

Please consider joining Project Honey Pot, contributing in one of the above ways and reduce email spamming.

Stop Spam Harvesters, Join Project Honey Pot


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