1. Hiatus
2. RIP, Satoru Iwata
3. Let there be Robot Battles
4. Regarding pixel art!
5. 16-bit Star Wars
6. Goodbye, Spock.
7. James Randi Retires
8. More Star Wars on GOG
9. gives you DOS Games
10. Ralph Baer, RIP.
1. Quickie: Impressions June 2014
2. Quickie: Penny Arcade Episode 3
3. Quickie: The Amazing Spider-Man
4. Quickie: Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
5. Quickie: Prototype 2
6. Quickie: Microsoft Kinect
7. Quickie: X-Men Destiny
8. Spider-Man: Edge of Time
9. Quickie: Transformers Dark of the Moon
10. Quickie: Borderlands GOTY
1. Musings 45: Penny Arcade and The Gripping Hand
2. Movie Review: Pacific Rim
3. Movie Review: Wreck-It Ralph
4. Glide Wrapper Repository
5. Movie Review: Winnie The Pooh
6. Musings 44: PC Gaming? Maybe it's on Life Support
7. Video Games Live 2009
8. Movie Review: District 9
9. Musings: Stardock, DRM, and Gamers' Rights
10. Musings: How DRM Hurts PC Gaming
Main Menu

X-bit labs
The Tech Zone
Twin Galaxies


 Log in Problems?
 New User? Sign Up!

 Dec 02, 2004 - 12:00 PM - by Michael
* CW weighs in on Lycos Screensaver

Printer-friendly page Print this story   Email this to a friend
PC Games/Hardware/Microsoft
ComputerWeekly has weighed in a bit on the Lycos anti-spam screensaver and some of the legal questions:

Although the screensaver does not send spam, violating antispam laws, it could potentially violate rules against launching a denial of service attack, he said.

But Lycos Europe claims that it does not intend to actually take down the spammers' sites, just deteriorate their performance. The company is using a central database to manage the sites the screensavers are attacking and regularly takes sites out of the attack cycle to make sure that they are not entirely brought down, it said.

That aside, Cluley advised users not to use the screensaver, which could eat up company bandwidth and possibly incite the ire of hackers.

"My advice is to get a decent spam filter, and to stop buying things advertised in spam," he said.
Good advice, but it hasn't stopped spammers from profiting off of a number of idiots in years past; user education, alas, seems to only go so far in fighting spam, and the more we educate, the harder they work to blast everyone in order to find those idiots.

Home :: Share Your Story
Site contents copyright Glide Underground.
Want to syndicate our news? Hook in to our RSS Feed.