MS's new antispam idea

Doug Luce doug at
Sat Dec 27 07:32:36 UTC 2003

More than likely, spammers will have their hijacking programs spread out
the load so as to remain unnoticeable.  I think that's important to
maintain control over a large number of machines: the jig is up once a
user notices far more lagtime than ever before.

I also think that "make your operating system more secure" is a specious
request.  To reduce spam, something as simple as highlighting email from
addresses that you've written before, or that belong to a web-of-trust
involving chains of such authorship, or many other fairly simple schemes
wuld assist to minimize spam.  And is something only Microsoft is in a
good position to wield upon us.


On Fri, 26 Dec 2003, Owen DeLong wrote:

> It's an interesting concept... Now spammers will use a noticeable portion of
> the CPU on the boxes they've hijacked, instead of the currently virtually
> unnoticable portion of the resources, so, in that sense, it might help
> identify
> the owned boxes to their true owners.
> However, I think Micr0$0ft could do much more to reduce SPAM if they simply
> made their OS less 0wn-able.
> Owen
> --On Friday, December 26, 2003 2:23 PM +0000 "Stephen J. Wilcox"
> <steve at> wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> > Ok so in summary you have to use a bit of CPU to solve a puzzle before it
> > lets  you send email.
> >
> > So either this doesn't work because spammers dont actually use their own
> > PCs to  send email or we are talking about a whole new mail protocol,
> > either way I'm  thinking this isnt going to work and its yet another
> > publicity stunt.
> >
> > Steve
> >
> --
> If it wasn't crypto-signed, it probably didn't come from me.

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