[thelist] Email Obfuscation may be beaten?

Liam Delahunty liam at megaproducts.co.uk
Fri Jan 30 04:15:09 CST 2004

Deep in my personal site, I have some "Email Obfuscation" techniques, 
the best I believe is the ASCII encoded one:

What this does is translate all the characters to their ASCII equivalent 
and create a link thus:
<a href="mailto:&#100;&#97;....>&#100;&#97;</a>

This should be viewable in browsers, but the spambots don't/didn't pick 
it up.

Now, on the page above I have an example email link to a fictitious user 
on my server, which my procmail filter keeps an eye out for. I've 
received a MyDoom email to that address; so I was wondering if either, 
someone has put that email in their address book, or have spambots 
finally started reading ASCII?

I think the former, but was wondering if anyone else uses the ASCII 
technique and have had 'real' spam to the address.

Kind regards, Liam Delahunty, Mega Products Ltd
12 Bury Place, London WC1A 2JL Fax: +44(0)871 224 7891
http://www.megaproducts.co.uk/ Internet Design & Development

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