Geek Rant: Spamming Part 2: Return of the Viagra

by Mitch on 8/04/2004

I just logged into Mailblocks to check my email and saw this:

Spam Count

This is a counter for the number of spam messages they have blocked since I opened my account. As we all know, my love of spam is well documented but these days it is just beyond a joke. Not only have I stopped being a tight-fisted jew for long enough to pay for spam protection, but it has taken a whole new level. Harvesting of emails is so sever now that there are thousands of businesses popping up all over the internet offering to filter peoples junk mail for them.

I think the thing that annoys me the most is the fact that the people who do this spamming can morally justify it. They say to themselves “it’s just spam” and dismiss it because they are getting paid 0.1 of a cent for email email address they locate and sell. These people are parasites and if they think they aren’t, they can think again. They give hackers a bad name.

When I was 14 years old, hacking was a good pass time, learning the ins and outs of computer security. These days I would be ashamed to brand myself as a hacker, because so many of the frauds who call themselves “hackers” are nothing more than mere password stealers, spammers, thieves, virus authors, vandals and otherwise malicious beings. Put simply; they give hackers a bad name

I think that The Mentor (a real hacker) said it best:
Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for.

That’s right, curiosity, not a crime of destruction which is what these fools employ.

As an end note, if anyone is interested in eradicating spam from their inbox(s) sign up at Mailblocks. They have a free account option along with some very affordable paid accounts. I highly recommend them, because since signing up about 3 weeks ago they have already blocked 102 spam emails and have completely freed me of having to worry about such hassles as spam filters.

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