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Re: Internic hosage (fwd)

  • From: Phil Howard
  • Date: Sun Mar 22 11:25:02 1998

Dean Robb writes:

> The misuse aspect has come about because spammers (primarily) have bots
> that will harvest all the addresses in WhoIs and send them their drivel.  

Contact handles are predictable.  All you need to do in a bot is try all
the permutations of 2 or 3 letters, with or without -ORG at the end, and
increment numbers until nothing is found.  That will get you perhaps 99%
of the handles.

Handles should instead be generated in an unpredictable way, such as MD5.

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