Community Spam Fighting Effort Faces Heat
Source: - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Privacy Lycos Europe is offering a "screensaver that spams the spammers," using idle computer time to attack sites that have been blacklisted for abusive spamming practices. Monitoring of three of the targets housed on Chinese servers shows that two of the sites, and, have been knocked offline by the attack. A third target,, has remained largely available, with intermittent outages.

A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack launched by users of Lycos Europe's screensaver has succeeded in crippling several spammer sites, but some of the targeted sites remain available says leading web monitor Netcraft

While Internet users debate the ethics of the initiative, Lycos Europe is denying reports that the MakeLoveNotSpam site was hacked and defaced last night. However, a peculiar message has been posted on the website to scare away spam fighters.

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