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Over the past week, it's been getting a bit of media attention, and it also recently started to circulate through the Slashdot set.
Two results from the Slashdot and news frenzy:
1: the Lycos site, makelovenotspam.com, has been haivng intermittant outtages, either from traffic, or from hacks.
2. According to a Netcraft Article [news.netcraft.com], several spam sites have actually been suffering outtages.
And from my own research: The Makelovenotspam site has been hacked [driftersoasis.com] (Screen Capture taken on 11:55 AM, MST, Dec 1. )
This could get ugly. Heheheh, let's just sit back and watch it fly :D
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[edited by: grelmar at 7:02 pm (utc) on Dec. 1, 2004]
The "hack" was a fake screenshot according to Lycos, BTW.
The DDOS on the Lycos site, however, was/is real. There is speculation that some domains targetted by Lycos's DDOS simply changed their DNS to point to Lycos's server. Doh! They didn't think of that when they came up with this harebrained scheme! Just another example of how stupid this is.
I also, as soon as the hols are done. In fact, bought my new laptop today (NOT linux - yet) and will be lining out what to buy when for which bunch of pieces-parts just as soon as 2005 hits the streets. I'm really looking forward to linux.... one of my favorite things is playing with new-to-me tech!
[edited by: lawman at 12:18 am (utc) on Dec. 3, 2004]
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Edit: I am able to get to it from a US Proxy.
It has a "Make love not Spam" 60's style logo and then underneath "STAY TUNED"
I wonder if Lycos will try and salvage this or just give up and walk away tail between legs.
That's a mighty good question. Not having read the news feeds yet today (came to WebmasterWorld first, of course!), I'd guess there's some high level discussions going on at Lycos Europe on that very subject.
It comes down to a showdown between some pretty fair hackers (let's face it, professional hackers and virus writers are in the Spam game), vs. the button down architecture geeks, which Lycos, I'm sure, has some pretty fair staffers in this area.
SCO lost this battle once, and their website continues to get defaced [news.netcraft.com]every now and then, and that's just for ticking off the penguin heads, who are a mostly benign bunch.
Lycos is much bigger than SCO, with more resources at their disposal. The spammers are a nastier bunch than the penguin heads.
So.... I dunno. If Lycos decides to go on with this, I'm not sure I'd put money on either side of that cage match.
Lycos has shut down the campaign saying it had been started to stimulate debate about anti-spam measures and had now achieved this aim.
Story courtesy of the BBC News [news.bbc.co.uk]
They CLAIM it was only intended to be for a short time, and that may be, but I don't think they figured it would crash and burn this fast.
netcraft article [news.netcraft.com] about the site closure. Very interesting indeed. It appears that the screens we were seeing weren't the result of a hack, but because a lot of backbone providers ganged up and blackholed the site.
Lycos is in spin doctor mode right now on the whole thing.
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