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[REBOL] Re: Email spam bots Was: Re: Re: I've had it with email.

From: webmaster::windsweptfarm::com at: 31-Jul-2002 8:35

Dear Andrew,
>From what I can gather after reading this promo blurp, the answer is no,
sort of. Why?... Because if you notice the words "It can verify more than..." you will realize that what they are doing is connecting to the mail server and engaging in a conversation that entails using the "verify" command to test the validity of an address. More than likely it generates the address prefixes from a pool of words and or letter/number combinations. If an ISP uses a serialized number scheme for user accounts then yes I guess you could say they are harvesting addresses. Basically they are exploring email addresses prefixes on a per domain basis by using the mail server as a sieve. By searching this way they eliminate the need for dns resolutions for multiple domains, which would precede the sending of actual mail or contacting a given server. I could go on about the finer details of spam but time is limited. jim Andrew Martin wrote: