Well now.... Everyone who has a web site can help fight spam. My site is one of the many that have joined Project Honeypot
. What is it? Well, we place a Honeypot page on our websites and then embed invisible links to that page in all our other pages. Because the links are invisible to the casual browser it's mostly only crawlers and spambots that find the page. When the page is accessed the IP number of the visitor is sent to the central project site. The Honeypot page will also contain an e-mail address (sometimes visible, sometimes not) which is faked and unique for each visitor. These addresses are also kept by the project site. Then we wait. If the project receives mail to one of the addresses in it's database it knows it when the E-mail address was harvested.... and, because the addresses are unique for each visit... it also knows which IP was involved.
The Project was started a few weeks ago by http://www.unspam.com
and has already issued nearly 64,000 faked addresses resulting in over 2100 spams messages. Over 1200 spam servers and over 390 harvesters (the nasty people!!) have been identified.
Got a web site? Get involved!
If you'd like to know more please contact me.