[thelist] Email Obfuscation may be beaten?

Liam Delahunty liam at megaproducts.co.uk
Fri Jan 30 07:14:31 CST 2004

on 30/01/2004 10:59 Raditha Dissanayake said the following:
> extracting your email address will be one line of code in many 
> programming languages
>> <a href="mailto:&#100;&#97;....>&#100;&#97;</a>

I realise that, but anything is better than nothing [1], and I believe 
with the ease of getting most email addresses, the spam bots don't 
currently bother I was just wondering of others experiences.

There's probably a number of reasons for spammer ignoring hidden emails 
1. they'll get millions of easy email addresses anyway.
2. the recipient really doesn't want any mail so would be (even more) 
pointless email.
3. (Probably the real reason) these addresses may also be used to help 
create blacklists.

[1] My server rejected 364 spams or attempts to relay yesterday (from 
blocklists) http://www.britstream.com/support/rejects_statistics.php
still a whole bunch more get through - I got about 80 myself caught by 
procmail. (Mostly the latest virus)

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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