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

 [1/3] from: al:bri:xtra at: 31-Jul-2002 19:54

I've just got this spam: ------------------------------------------ Easy Email Searcher is a powerful Email software that harvests general Email lists from mail servers Easy Email Searcher can get 100,000 Email addresses directly from the Email servers in only one hour! a.. Easy Email Searcher is a 32 bit Windows Program for e-mail marketing. It is intended for easy and convenient search large e-mail address lists from mail servers. The program can be operated on Windows 95/98/ME/2000 and NT. b.. Easy Email Searcher support multi-threads (up to 512 connections). c.. Easy Email Searcher has the ability to reconnect to the mail server if the server has disconnected and continue the searching at the point where it has been interrupted. d.. Easy Email Searcher has an ergonomic interface that is easy to set up and simple to use. Easy Email Searcher is an email address searcher and bulk e-mail sender. It can verify more than 5500 email addresses per minute at only 56Kbps speed. It even allows you send email to valid email address while searching. You can save the searching progress and load it to resume work at your convenience. All you need to do is just input an email address, and press the "Search" button. -------------------------------------------- It advertises the spam program being able to harvest email addresses from mail servers! Is this possible? Andrew Martin ICQ: 26227169

 [2/3] 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:

 [3/3] from: al:bri:xtra at: 3-Aug-2002 11:22

Thanks, jim! Andrew Martin ICQ: 26227169