Here’s a Lawsuit Waiting to Happen…

By Deane Barker on December 2, 2004

Lycos screen saver attacks spammers: Lycos Europe is offering a screen saver that participates in DDOS attacks against known spam relays when your computer is not being used. Seriously.

The program activates whenever a computer equipped with it goes into standby mode, and sends so-called HTTP get-requests to what Lycos says are servers known to generate unsolicited e-mails. When done en masse, this eats up precious bandwidth, causing the servers to overload and slow down, the company said.

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  1. I read yesterday that the Lycos servers were down for a time, probably under a DOS attack from the dirtball spammers.

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