I get more than my fair share of spam every day. And, I read about the various approaches being proposed to stop spam. Microsoft has a method. Yahoo has a method. Most everyone on Slashdot has a method.
All of this deep thinking is predicated on the fact that spammers are hard to find. They can use proxies or zombies or otherwise hide their identity. On a network designed with the assumption of trust, finding angles wasn’t difficult.
I think we’re going after this the wrong way.
Spammers are on the Internet because they want money. Their easiest access to money is by selling things and getting the cash by credit card.
Why not do as “Deep Throat” instructed Woodward and Bernstein; “Follow the money.”
Am I missing something? How difficult would it be to set up some stings – very publicly noted – and bag some violators?
The way to stop spamming isn’t to make email more difficult. You stop spamming by making collecting the money more difficult!
Maybe I’m psychic (in addition to psycho)?