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Windows 7: A tad unethical?


24 Mar 2012   #1

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 
A tad unethical?

I found this amongst my newsletters this morning and I reckon - if I am reading it right - that comment re broadacsting fake emails is a rather unethical practice that is as I say if I am reading it as broadcasting into the public arena.

How Security Products Are Made; An Interview with BitDefender - How-To Geek

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25 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Prem x64 SP1, XP SP3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
I found this amongst my newsletters this morning and I reckon - if I am reading it right - that comment re broadacsting fake emails (emph mine) is a rather unethical practice that is as I say if I am reading it as broadcasting into the public arena.

How Security Products Are Made; An Interview with BitDefender - How-To Geek
They're broadcasting fake e-mail addresses not spam e-mails:

Honeypot (computing) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Spam versions

Spammers abuse vulnerable resources such as open mail relays and open proxies. Some system administrators have created honeypot programs that masquerade as these abusable resources to discover spammer activity. There are several capabilities such honeypots provide to these administrators and the existence of such fake abusable systems makes abuse more difficult or risky. Honeypots can be a powerful countermeasure to abuse from those who rely on very high volume abuse (e.g., spammers).

These honeypots can reveal the apparent IP address of the abuse and provide bulk spam capture (which enables operators to determine spammers' URLs and response mechanisms). For open relay honeypots, it is possible to determine the e-mail addresses ("dropboxes") spammers use as targets for their test messages, which are the tool they use to detect open relays. It is then simple to deceive the spammer: transmit any illicit relay e-mail received addressed to that dropbox e-mail address. That tells the spammer the honeypot is a genuine abusable open relay, and they often respond by sending large quantities of relay spam to that honeypot, which stops it. The apparent source may be another abused system—spammers and other abusers may use a chain of abused systems to make detection of the original starting point of the abuse traffic difficult.
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25 Mar 2012   #3

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Ok got it I was rather hoping that is was not how I "read" it now I know
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