Weblog spam: another view

Okay, now I’m depressed.

It’s not really that bad…

is it?

One Comment

  1. Jeremy says:

    As a long-time anti-spammer from back in the day, I can tell you that yes, it really is that bad.

    The denial of service attacks I have seen would have been enough to knock almost any system off the net — including government networks — and yet the FBI and Homeland Security practically have to be dragged in kicking and screaming, because they seem to want to wait until it’s their networks that are knocked offline and it’s a terrorist rather than a spammer doing the knocking. One would think they would at least want experience dealing with that sort of thing before the real deal happens.

    I’ve written and distributed popular anti-spam software for Usenet. It makes you a target, absolutely. Things are much worse these days, now that the enemy is more organized — and I’m mostly out of the game, because I like having a life and not having a target on my chest.

    It’s been somewhat amusing watching the weblogging community act as though they are experiencing something brand-new, when they’re really repeating exactly what we went through all those years ago, and somehow no one realizes that we already made the mistakes and they could learn from them if they wanted to.

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