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A Solution for Fighting Spammer's Resources and Minimizing the Impact of Spam

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Author(s): Samir A. Elsagheer Mohamed

Journal: International Journal of Communications, Network and System Sciences
ISSN 1913-3715

Volume: 05;
Issue: 07;
Start page: 416;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Spam Emails | Attacking Spammers | Spam Filtering | Distributed Denial of Service Attacks | Software Development

ABSTRACT
Spam or unsolicited emails constitute a major threat to the Internet, the corporations, and the end-users. Statistics show that about 70% - 80% of the emails are spam. There are several techniques that have been implemented to react to the spam on its arrival. These techniques consist in filtering the emails and placing them in the Junk or Spam folders of the users. Regardless of the accuracy of these techniques, they are all passive. In other words, they are like someone is hitting you and you are trying by all the means to protect yourself from these hits without fighting your opponent. As we know the proverbs "The best defense is a good offense" or "Attack is the best form of defense". Thus, we believe that attacking the spammers is the best way to minimize their impact. Spammers send millions of emails to the users for several reasons and usually they include some links or images that direct the user to some web pages or simply to track the users. The proposed idea of attacking the spammers is by building some software to collect these links from the Spam and Junk folders of the users. Then, the software periodically and actively visit these links and the subsequent redirect links as if a user clicks on these links or as if the user open the email containing the tracking link. If this software is used by millions of users (included in the major email providers), then this will act as a storm of Distributed Denial of Service attack on the spammers servers and there bandwidth will be completely consumed by this act. In this case, no human can visit their sites because they will be unavailable. In this paper, we describe this approach and show its effectiveness. In addition, we present an application we have developed that can be used for this reason.

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