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HOWTO: Annoy a Spammer

michael posted about 12 years ago | from the golden-rule dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 981

Bob writes "I think everyone by now has heard of the millionaire spammer Alan Ralsky. Here's a follow-up to the previous story. It seems that since the story was posted, people have signed him up for every advertising campaign and mailing list out there. And he doesn't like it." They're talking about this Slashdot story.

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HOWTO: annoy everyone (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4827885)

First posts are pretty annoying.

Especially if they aren't first.

In Soviet Russia... (-1, Redundant)

Phosphor3k (542747) | about 12 years ago | (#4827892)

The Spammers annoy YOU!

IN SOVIET RUSSIA (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4827897)

Spammers annoy YOU!

Good for him (2, Funny)

Colosse (522266) | about 12 years ago | (#4827898)

He can now use all these new adresses to send his own spam...

Sympathy... (4, Funny)

craenor (623901) | about 12 years ago | (#4827906)

Is something you find in the dictionary between shit and syphillis.

Re:Sympathy... (5, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | about 12 years ago | (#4828057)

> Sympathy...
Is something you find in the dictionary between shit and syphillis.

So's "spammer".

Shit, syphillis, and spammers.

If I had to choose any two, I'd take the shit and the syph.

At least we can get rid of the first two.

Will something click... (5, Funny)

FortKnox (169099) | about 12 years ago | (#4827908)

From the article:
"They've signed me up for every advertising campaign and mailing list there is," he told me. "These people are out of their minds. They're harassing me."

Ok, start your bets. When will his mind click, and he understands that this is what he does to people for a living?

My bets on 5 years.

Re:Will something click... (0)

pVoid (607584) | about 12 years ago | (#4827935)

My bets are on never.

This is different (4, Insightful)

nuggz (69912) | about 12 years ago | (#4827963)

You see, he won't get the point.

This is different, this is being done for revenge. He spams because he has useful information to get out, plus it's so easy to just delete an email, it's a lot more work to sort through physical mail and throw it out.

That being said, I don't see how his lawsuit will go as far as the anti spam lawsuits.

5 years? You are an optimist (4, Insightful)

doublem (118724) | about 12 years ago | (#4827985)

This man suffers from a common human ailment. He does not have the ability to see what he does as wrong. Everyone else is a rube for him to exploit. He (in his own mind) can do whatever he wants, but if someone dares try the same stunt on him, they're going DOWN.

That said, he's also a moron. He's been signed up for all that mail under false pretenses. It's mail fraud and a Federal Offense.

Yet the dim bulb is calling a lawyer to file and civil lawsuit instead of a criminal one.

Glad I keep my nose out of this nonsense.

Re:5 years? You are an optimist (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4828049)

Hey, all they did was take his personal information and give it out to some "partners".

Advertisers do that all the time, don't they?

That's so ironic it hurts (1, Insightful)

Control-Z (321144) | about 12 years ago | (#4827909)

But I bet he won't stop, the money is too good.

Re:That's so ironic it hurts (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4827960)

But I bet he won't stop, the money is too good.

So -THATS- why criminals don't give themselves up? And why organized crime is organized crime?

Chock this up to the "DUR!" category, and the moderator in the "I support stupid, blatant comments" category, and mod this dumbass down.

indeed.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4827989)

....anyone know his address? I'd like to send him a pizza, curry, chinese, thai, etc. delivery every night too.

How good can it get? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4827911)

First it's Friday and now this?

"Ha ha!" (4, Funny)

Zapaanese.Whore (315742) | about 12 years ago | (#4827916)

It's the small spiteful things like this that just make life bearable from time to time ;)

- Z

Boo hoo (0)

ksuMacGyver (562019) | about 12 years ago | (#4827919)

Will he repent? Doubt it...

Victim #2, yerrup! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4827920)

>He says he's asked Bloomfield Hills attorney
>Robert Harrison to sue the anti-spammers.

Sounds like another "opportunity" for the Slashdot crowd. A spammer's lawyer: is there a lower form of life?

Re:Victim #2, yerrup! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4828055)

Excellent Idea. I plan on sending this lawyer some of my opinions on the matter. Repeatedly. Completely unsolicited of course. What an Asshat.

Poor planning... (3, Funny)

digitalamish (449285) | about 12 years ago | (#4827922)

With all that money, he should have bought a house to receive all of the spam snail mail, and kept his home address private.
No electrons were harmed in the creation of this post.

Idiot... (4, Funny)

Gimpin (595657) | about 12 years ago | (#4827923)

Quit your bitching. Why don't you use a couple of those millions you have and buy someone to filter your mail.

ROTFLOL (4, Interesting)

josepha48 (13953) | about 12 years ago | (#4827924)

Its about time! Maybe if all spammers got floods of email in their email boxes about sex adds and buy this and that they would see what it is like and stop, and email could become useful again.

Maybe that is what should happen to script kiddies and hackers. They should be dos's to death!

I'm all for extrme methods when extrme methods are used against me.


Telastyn (206146) | about 12 years ago | (#4828029)

You mean like this? [penny-arcade.com]

heh (2, Interesting)

jesse.k (102314) | about 12 years ago | (#4827925)

Best schadenfreud since Pets.com and eToys going out of business.

Eating his own waste (4, Funny)

joelwest (38708) | about 12 years ago | (#4827927)

He's going to sue whom? He has to find them first. And then prove that they did it. And prove that he is suffereing damages.

In Soviet Russia, you annoy the spammers.

Re:Eating his own waste (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4827983)

"And prove that he is suffereing damages."

If he can do that, then he is shooting himself in the leg, nah, head. Because it would perhaps set some type of presedence.

Fuck You Mr. Millionaire Spammer.

The Source of 60,000 spam emails to MMS this year!

other possibilities (4, Funny)

Spicy Bisquit (100885) | about 12 years ago | (#4827928)

sign him up to various organizations:
-The Klan
-The Rosie O'Donnel Fan club

Re:other possibilities (5, Funny)

Hrothgar The Great (36761) | about 12 years ago | (#4827961)

-The Rosie O'Donnel Fan club

Don't you think that last one is going too far? We'd be worse than he is!!

NAMBLA? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4828012)

Nah, this guy looks nothing like Maron Brando. They would just kick him out.

Re:other possibilities (3, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | about 12 years ago | (#4828040)

Sign him up to various organizations:
> -The Klan
> -The Rosie O'Donnel Fan club


Judging from the pr0n spams I've gotten from eithe rRalsky, or his close associate Haberli, NAMBLA's members are probably customers.

As for the Klan, no way. No mixing of races, because it's against God's will for a human to lie with an animal, remember? They may refer to the melanin-enhanced among us as "mud people", but the Klan still uses the word people. That doesn't apply to spammers, of course.

Rosie O'Donnell Fan Club? Sure, I'd pay good money to see Rosie sit on Ralsky and crush him to death like the piece of cockroach shit he is (please convey my apologies to the Cockroach Fecal Matter Anti-Defamation League), but I'm afraid Ralsky would enjoy it too much. If I know it, you think the Rosie Fan Club doesn't also know it, and are taking precautions?

Re:other possibilities (5, Funny)

grytpype (53367) | about 12 years ago | (#4828067)

Anybody know a place where we can order 12 tons of fresh pig shite?

Spam the spammer (2, Interesting)

srblackbird (569638) | about 12 years ago | (#4827930)

This is one way to deal with spam, but if you spam a spammer, you will become a spammer (...) So @ the end the whole internet will slow down. I think we can better look for better alternatives.

Re:Spam the spammer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4827972)

Actually, the spamming is all snail-mail. So it's not going to slow down the whole internet...

Re:Spam the spammer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4827975)

It's snail mail he is getting -- that doesn't slow the Internet down.

Re:Spam the spammer (1)

oliverthered (187439) | about 12 years ago | (#4827986)

One problem, He asked for it.

I'd like to help (5, Funny)

NixterAg (198468) | about 12 years ago | (#4827932)

And he doesn't like it

How can I help him like it even less?

YAY! (2, Insightful)

Lshmael (603746) | about 12 years ago | (#4827934)

Cool, and kudos to all you guys out there.

His hypocrisy is amazing, though. "You enabled companies to send me lots of stuff in my mailbox that I do not want! I sue j00!" Can anyone say , "Countersuit?"

In Soviet Russia....... (-1, Redundant)

Phosphor3k (542747) | about 12 years ago | (#4827936)

The Spammers annoy you!!!

Harassment, no matter how funny, is illegal (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4827937)

While this story amuses me greatly, it is illegal to harass someone by publishing his address and encouraging people to call/write/inundate him with offers from mailing lists. Besides, depending on how he got signed onto all those mailing lists, he might be able to claim that whoever did it was impersonating him illegally. Slashdot better get ready to be the focus of a lawsuit, and possibly a criminal prosecution.

How to annoy a spammer in Russia... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4827938)


You thought I was going to say something else, didn't you?

IMO it's a case of just desserts (3, Insightful)

TVmisGuided (151197) | about 12 years ago | (#4827939)

IIRC there's an AEsop's fable which holds the moral that "one is usually paid in one's own coin." I doubt anyone will (successfully) argue that this is, in fact, the case here.
'Nuff said.

He's gonna sue us? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4827940)

How does he plan on suing the "anti-spammers"??

It may feel good, but it's not. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4827942)

Becoming like a spammer makes you no better than he. Is that really what you want to become? Take the high road, turn the other cheek.

hah, yeah right (2, Insightful)

Loie (603717) | about 12 years ago | (#4827947)

first of all, does Mr. Harrison honestly think he's going to sue ALL 300? Second, where does he plan on getting the names of the people to sue? Third, even if somebody DOES get sued, what's to stop said somebody from counter-suing his ass for the very act Ralsky's angry over?

Re:hah, yeah right (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4828063)

Here's a thought... someone countersues Ralsky, and the court subpoenas all his computers as evidence that he both has your email address, and is using it in an inappropriate manner.

Shouldn't he be happy? (1)

Whatsthiswhatsthis (466781) | about 12 years ago | (#4827949)

So let me get this straight: This spam monger wants to sue the spammers for spamming him? Does his lawyer have a soul?

Re:Shouldn't he be happy? (3, Insightful)

doublem (118724) | about 12 years ago | (#4828014)

Lawyer? Soul?

Are you nuts?

Re:Shouldn't he be happy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4828026)

Does his lawyer have a soul?


Re:Shouldn't he be happy? (1)

bandy (99800) | about 12 years ago | (#4828037)

Does the Pope shit in the woods?

Beautiful plan , but I do this every day. . . (2, Interesting)

Cokelee (585232) | about 12 years ago | (#4827952)

Every time I sign up for a ridiculous required acct, say to iMesh, I use an email address of a domain that sends spam so that when the account is spammed the spam is sent to another spammer.
Cyclical spamming!

Re:Beautiful plan , but I do this every day. . . (1)

joshgs (71451) | about 12 years ago | (#4828060)

I always either find an email address from the site that has the form requiring an email address, or use webmaster@[the domain of the site].

What is his address? (0)

Macaw2000 (103146) | about 12 years ago | (#4827953)

I would like to send him this three-day-old tuna melt sitting here on my desk.... as a sympathy card of course.

ooooo juicy. (2)

nege (263655) | about 12 years ago | (#4827954)

Lawyers please take your places.

On your mark...get set...litigate!!

mmm. pie.

How can they be so sure? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4827957)

Has he _really_ been signed up for everything?

Spam? (0, Troll)

EatTheCookies (630924) | about 12 years ago | (#4827958)

Im spamming you all to make me a druglord! By sending you here... [druglordsgame.com]

How's he going to know who to sue? (5, Interesting)

hether (101201) | about 12 years ago | (#4827959)

"Ralsky is indeed annoyed. He says he's asked Bloomfield Hills attorney Robert Harrison to sue the anti-spammers."

How does he plan to identify who to sue? And is he really going to pay to have his lawyer track down the 300+ slashdot users who posted "anti-Ralsky posts"? This just seems silly.

Re:How's he going to know who to sue? (5, Funny)

aron_wallaker (93905) | about 12 years ago | (#4827988)

More importantly, who has his lawyer's address ?

Re:How's he going to know who to sue? (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4828051)

Robert Harrison & Assoc
2550 S Telegraph Rd # 275
Bloomfield Hills, MI

Public info.

Re:How's he going to know who to sue? (1)

k3v0 (592611) | about 12 years ago | (#4828056)

it's okay, i bet AOL will foot the bill for the trial, because if you can sue for spam they would go bankrupt defending against suits for their cd's

The answer is 7... (0, Troll)

BSOD from above (625268) | about 12 years ago | (#4827964)

at least I think thats how many Dos methods exist at this point.

8==> o

What a pity... (1)

robzster1977 (518768) | about 12 years ago | (#4827969)

...that you can't send 500k JPEGs unannounced through the post AND make them have the same effect on his front door as spam does.

Two Words (5, Funny)

fizz-beyond (130257) | about 12 years ago | (#4827970)

I have two words for him.
Opt Out.
Oh wait, he can't. and neither can I!

Ah, sweet sweet justice.... (1)

jonny-mt (631306) | about 12 years ago | (#4827971)

It's stuff like this that proves there is a God. All we need now is for one of those pundits who blame society's ills on violent video games to snap and go on a shooting spree because they were playing too much Pokemon.

And if you like to contribute to his legal fund... (2, Funny)

Albinoman (584294) | about 12 years ago | (#4827973)

just make sure you take him up on all the valuable offers he sends you.

does spam really work (1)

b17bmbr (608864) | about 12 years ago | (#4827976)

do people actually click on the crap they get. it certainly can't be very effective. if it is, how come?

Curing Spam (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4827979)

Spam is profitable if ~.004% of the recipients respond (and buy the product).
It is impossible to stop this .004% from responding.
Is Spamming profitable when 100-1000% of the spams get replies?
If a company sees that it loses several thousand dollars in bandwidth costs, broken equipment AND the people who want to buy can't place orders, AND the spammer demands unreasonable amounts for the millions of replies, said company MUST stop paying for spam. When enough companies stop, spam will stop.

Time to set up a SLASHDDOS effect.

Sigh (3, Interesting)

twfry (266215) | about 12 years ago | (#4827984)

You all realize that this whole thing will blow up into some media thing. I bet in the end he'll write a book titled Spam Wars or some crap like that and make even more money than he did spamming....

Next Target? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4827987)

What about giving a piece of the action to every US lawmaker out there following the same process. It should help a lot the timely writing of an anti-spam law and setup of an efficient police force to go after spammers, don't you think?

that'll keep that idiot quiet for a while... (1)

merc_sa (35777) | about 12 years ago | (#4827990)

Try donating a token amount to the most crooked charities in this guy's name and put his phone
number on it. If he thought getting flooded with spam and phones were bad, wait til the telemarketers
gets on his back. good riddance to bad rubbish.

Obligatory IANAL reference :) (2)

pVoid (607584) | about 12 years ago | (#4827991)

Ralsky is indeed annoyed. He says he's asked Bloomfield Hills attorney Robert Harrison to sue the anti-spammers.

Hey, IANAL, but methinks this guy is not only an ass hole, but also a naive asshole.

Opt-out? (2, Insightful)

seagar (631973) | about 12 years ago | (#4827993)

I'm sure all of this spam mail hes getting has the same wonderful opt-out option just like all of his emails. "If you no longer wish to receive our mailings, please contact...", the funny thing is, i'm sure they are just as effective..not at all. Oh well, ive opted out of 100's of spam email, I think it just signs me up for more. Thats why I have a seperate account for that junk..

Gee, Al, Just Hit Delete! (5, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | about 12 years ago | (#4827997)

What's wrong, Ralsky?

If you don't want these exciting offers, why don't you just opt out?

I'm sure that Aaron Adams will be happy to stop sending you stuff. Now, whether Aaron Afton will stop sending you stuff, you'll have to ask him to stop, too. But by DMA rules, the opt-out is only good for one person, and for one year. That's okay. By the time you've opted out of Zeke Zjibidan's list of exciting offers, you should have at least a couple of days before Aaron Adams can ask you if you're sure you still wanna be opted out of his Aaron's list.

(Okay, so I admit that opting Ralsky into junk mail isn't quite as much fun as, say, opting him into a service that would have gone all-Vlad-the-Impaler on him in front of Chinanet's headquarters as a warning to the Falun Gong and Level3, but it sounds like it was a delightful bit of revenge. Kudos to whoever came up with the idea and to all who participated. I wish I'd been a part of it.)

Sweet... (1)

Blue Stone (582566) | about 12 years ago | (#4827998)

...sweet, poetic justice.

Our actions are boomerangs, dude.

Is this a first? (5, Funny)

Drakin (415182) | about 12 years ago | (#4828002)

An attempted slashdotting of a physical address?

Got to admit though, it's rather funny...

An open Reply (4, Interesting)

BubbaTheBarbarian (316027) | about 12 years ago | (#4828006)

An open reply to Alan,

Sue me bitch. I don't give a care. For years now, you and your have somehow gotten my email and sent me all sorts of shit that takes my time from me. My time is money, and if you want to go down that route, then go ahead.
You take my time, I'll take yours. You can sue the anti-spammers all you want, but your dumb ass will smaked so hard your head will spin and will take you another 5 years just to get over that.
So sue bitch. You take my server space, my bandwidth, and my time and force me to clean up the shit you leave on the internet.
If you don't like it, leave us the hell alone, or find a better way of doing your "job"

"Bastard operators don't win...anyone can win. Bastard operators win and TOTALLY demoralize. That is REAL winning."

The pity flows like a stopped toilet (2)

agrounds (227704) | about 12 years ago | (#4828007)

Honestly, can any court of law take this man seriously? He already had to move his residence to a more tolerant (read: lax) legal system. I sincerely doubt he has any real room to maneuver here. I personally welcome a lawsuit that states that you cannot spam a spammer. The sheer hypocrisy is just priceless here.
What is recourse in this situation? Subpoena slashdot for the user information attached to our screen names? That'll accomplish nothing but give him a list of usable e-mail addresses to add to his bulk-mailer scripts. I feel no remorse here. I personally wish I had signed him up for some great mailers from PETA, NAMBLA, various anti-abortion groups, and pretty much anything from Jerry Falwell. His harrassment is the best schadenfreud I can think of.

I assure you, I'll be sleeping soundly tonight.

I make spammers mad by... (2, Funny)

saskboy (600063) | about 12 years ago | (#4828011)

I buy my scalp / breast creams and penile enhancements on infomercials like God intendended, and leave the crap on the Internet where it belongs.

Vigilante justice ... (4, Insightful)

stubear (130454) | about 12 years ago | (#4828015)

...is no justice at all. Imagine if everyone felt they had the right to take the law into their own hands and dispense justice as they saw fit our legal system would become unbalanced. Individuals would place differing penalties based on their own moral judgments, not based on a standard of law. Judge, jury, executioner.

Indeed, not a short month or so ago the RIAA was proposing congress pass legislation which would enable them to hunt down and possibly destroy or disable a system they believe to be involved with infringing intellectual property. Judge, jury, executioner.

Many in these forums cried foul against this form of vigilante justice, and rightly so because vigilante justice is no justice at all. Even when the shoe is on the other foot, as it appears to be in this case, it still makes the act of dispensing justice, without the backing of our legal system, wrong.

Wrong term, actually called: (0, Flamebait)

Backov (138944) | about 12 years ago | (#4828035)

Poetic Justice.

Vigilante justice would be killing him and all his immediate family, which would be Oh, so sad. Especially if they wrote spammer on his forehead. And stuffed his mouth full of junk mail. Yes, that would be bad.

Re:Vigilante justice ... (1)

Saturn49 (536831) | about 12 years ago | (#4828043)

The distinct difference here is that SPAM (from both sides) is entirely legal. Annoying, but legal.

The RIAA was proposing to be judge, jury, and executioner for an act which is illegal: distributing copyrighted material.

This is just a lovely taste of his own (legal) medicine, there's bypassing of the judge and jury in this case, because what he's doing is legal.

Re:Vigilante justice ... (1)

Wiener (36657) | about 12 years ago | (#4828062)

Imagine if everyone felt they had the right to take the law into their own hands and dispense justice as they saw fit

I bet everyone would be a lot more polite.

Swell... (1)

fredrikj (629833) | about 12 years ago | (#4828018)

...now let's all point and laugh :)

In Soviet Russia (0, Redundant)

Sloppy (14984) | about 12 years ago | (#4828021)

Spammers send annoying Spam to you!

Doesn't he know? (1)

Mu*puppy (464254) | about 12 years ago | (#4828025)

-he should be able to just 'opt out' on the majority of those, if he doesn't want to receive them? :>

Angry spammer.. (5, Funny)

Jippy_ (564603) | about 12 years ago | (#4828027)

Maybe he's just pissed off because Bernard Shiffman keeps sending him resume's.

You've got a burning package at the door! (1)

I am Jack's username (528712) | about 12 years ago | (#4828030)

Oh man, I'm glad I finished my OJ already, however... The abyss and all that - does anyone have any constructive ideas of dealing with the 150, without dead trees, and sinking to their level?

hey, can someone repost his e-mail address? (5, Funny)

Unknown Poltroon (31628) | about 12 years ago | (#4828033)

I would like to send an e-mail voicing my support for him in these troubled times, of course.

Unfortunately... (3, Insightful)

foxtrot (14140) | about 12 years ago | (#4828036)

We are geeks. We can see an issue with logic arises when presented these two statements:

Sending Spam is Good.

Recieving Spam is Bad.

Unfortunately, it is probably safe to assume that most spammers cannot make the mental connection that shows that the two above statements cannot coexist, and Ralsky will probably continue with his spamming ways, making a little less money as he litigates against those who do to him what he does to everyone else.

street address redux (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4828038)

I'm such an anonymous coward. Here's the address.

Alan M Ralsky
6747 Minnow Pond Dr
West Bloowfield Township, MI 48322-2663

Alan Ralsky's Address and phone number (-1, Informative)

Universal Nerd (579391) | about 12 years ago | (#4828041)

Alan Ralsky
5016 Patrick Rd
West Bloomfield, MI 48322-1543

Phone: (248) 661-5166

Share and enjoy.

The ultimate irony... (1)

MarkGriz (520778) | about 12 years ago | (#4828042)

The ultimate irony would be if they signed Ralsky up for the Spam Fan Club [spam.com]

Not to bust anyone's bubble (1)

HD Webdev (247266) | about 12 years ago | (#4828045)

Until someone finds his PO BOX where the important mail goes, he'll just torch his street address mail and go on about his business.

OTOH, at least all of his neighbors will now know that he's a complete slimeball and responsible for much of the spam email they receive.

Another Idea (5, Funny)

idahogie (565047) | about 12 years ago | (#4828046)

Let's send Buzz Aldrin over to his house.

Amount of Mail? (1)

themurray (78325) | about 12 years ago | (#4828048)

How much mail arrived at this house? I would love to see a daily amount of the mail picture posted for a good laugh.

He does not deserve to sue for his abuse of the internet community. I hope he chokes on his money someday.

Re:curious.... (2)

morgajel (568462) | about 12 years ago | (#4828050)

wonder if he's smart enough to filter his own address out of his spam.
I say we just post his email address everyone and let other spam harvesters take care of it.
wouldn't that be ironic if all the spam he was getting was coming from himself?:)

Info about Ralsky (5, Informative)

fatquack (538774) | about 12 years ago | (#4828052)

If you want to help, head over to htpp://www.spamhaus.org or more info on Ralsky directly at: http://www.spamhaus.org/rokso/search.lasso?evidenc efile=1290

I'd like to thank... (1)

GoatEnigma (586728) | about 12 years ago | (#4828061)

Everyone who made this possible. While some people may complain it's "harassment" or "illegal", it's certainly more effective than writing letters to your senator, and makes more of a point by getting media coverage. It's movements like these that can propel change in the world.

Second of all, does anyone notice any similarities in Al's response and the movie "Bowling for Columbine"? He..just...doesn't...get it!

An educational tidbit... (4, Insightful)

MacAndrew (463832) | about 12 years ago | (#4828069)

...from this adolescent spamming (notice I don't say I disapprove -- it qualifies as poetic justice) is there's a weakness to even conservative opt-in spam -- 3rd party abuse. It's been done, to mass-subscribe a target -- even nice guys -- to multiple irritating lists at the click of a script. This could also be used as a cover for spammers to play dumb when someone complains.

This kind of stunt has been done for years, as by filling out lots of those "tell more more!" business cards with the victim's info. Again, the internet takes a little problem and magnifies it 100-fold. This can be used for evil as well as "good."

So ... if opt-in is to work, there has to be some add'l layer of caution such as a practical methods of authentication. Suggestions? The snadard now is to send a single email requesting a reply before the opt-in is confirmed. Is there a way to spoof this?

snail-mail slashdotting? (1)

macshune (628296) | about 12 years ago | (#4828070)

You know, if we could find some important people's address from the MPAA or the RIAA I'm sure they'd appreciate getting tons of free offers and the like. What about CDs chock full of MP3s and VCDs of Fight Club?

Just a thought-

Now I won't have to... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4828072)

...drive 60 miles to his house to complain in person! This is too good to be true, almost like it's been staged like profressional wrestling or something! Thank God for slashdot!
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