Spammers strike back at Lycos

Serves ‘em right. Spammers are bad – but what makes it OK to attack them with a cracking technique?

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Someone has apparently struck back at Lycos for putting out a spam-attacking screensaver. Silicon.com reported Thursday that spammers were suspected of hacking into and downing Lycos’s antispam Web site just hours after it went live. The Web site was inaccessible Wednesday because of a suspected distributed denial-of-service attack. Lycos launched its “Make Love, Not Spam” campaign Tuesday by offering users a screensaver that launches distributed denial-of-service attacks on spammers’ Web sites. The company said the screensaver uses the idle processing power of a computer to slow down the response times from those sites. Within hours of the makelovenotspam.com site being launched, Silicon.com reported that the original front page was replaced with a simple message: “Yes, attacking spammers is wrong. You know this, you shouldn’t be doing it. Your IP address and request have been logged and will be reported to your ISP for further action.”