[thelist] Email Obfuscation may be beaten?

Simon Willison cs1spw at bath.ac.uk
Fri Jan 30 11:30:44 CST 2004

Liam Delahunty wrote:
> Deep in my personal site, I have some "Email Obfuscation" techniques, 
> the best I believe is the ASCII encoded one:
> http://www.liamdelahunty.com/tips/email_obfuscation_for_spambots/spambot_03.php 
> 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.

It appears spam harvesters wised up to this trick some time ago:


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