spambots going stupid?

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Lately I'm getting spam addressed in this format:

Several pages of my site have been used to form email addresses
already. I wonder if this is a new spam trick, or just the result of a
badly configured spambot.

Did anyone else encounter the same phenomenon?

Els            /
Sonhos vem. Sonhos vão. O resto é imperfeito.
                             - Renato Russo -

Re: spambots going stupid?

Writing in news:alt.www.webmaster
 From the safety of the cafeteria

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How do you do?

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could be a broken bot - any indication if it's just one or several?

I have at at least one customer that uses a different alias as the contact  
point from every (web) page - his way of determining which page(s)  
generates the best response, although he doesn't use that format so far as  
I know.

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No, my world is blissfully ignorant of such things, dropped catch-all  
mailboxes on all my own sites some time ago.  good riddance to 'em.

William Tasso

** Business as usual

Re: spambots going stupid?

__/ [Els] on Wednesday 31 August 2005 07:15 \__

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I doubt it. URL's with the at symbol are arcane and very rare.

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At some level, yes. The addresses appear so stupid that I haven't bothered
checking them for a while. Sometimes it would be my full name (maybe they
did anchor text), sometimes, sometimes it will be
perverse words that supposedly ought to attract my attention. info@ and
sales@ are common, webmaster@ too...

Like Tasso said, having catch-all makes it all rather transparent. I have 11
concrete boxes and the rest slips to catch-all, which typically has a
boxtrapper on top of it, so it doesn't need to get checked.


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