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Who's a-scraping?
« on: April 18, 2009, 07:01:03 PM »
Who's a-scraping?

<p>I'm currently soak-testing a new spamtrap system, aimed at getting some additional metrics and information about spammer behavior and in particular the way that they use 'web-scrapers' to find email addresses. The system works by hiding email addresses on web pages and then counting the spams that get sent to them.</p>

<p>The results have been interesting. Just to throw out a random example, an email address that was handed out to a web crawler running on a server hosted at <span class="domain">theplanet.com</span> in December 2007 now receives just under 40 spams a day. The spam sent to that trap consists of the usual fake watches, diplomas, penis enlargements and pharmacy spam. That's a lot of spam for an address that has only ever been seen by a single robot.</p>




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