[Zope-Annce] RoboCage Product released
Philipp von Weitershausen
Thu, 02 Aug 2001 20:18:55 -0700
I am pleased to announce the first Zope product whose idea is based on
the beer-influenced discussion at the EuroZope BBQ in July.
Everybody probably knows the problem: spam. But now those
email-harvesting robots written in that evil language called Perl, whose
only purpose is to collect email addresses and send HTML emails to them,
have an enemy: RoboCage!
RoboCage is a Zope product. It creates random text (languages English,
German, Dutch and French out of the box) and randomly inserts fake email
addresses and links back to itself (under a different URL, though).
Thus, it will trap this scum-of-all-software and provide a "cage" of
never ending HTTP requests for them until somebody has mercy with them
and Ctrl-C-s them...
By know, it should be clear that Martijn and other crazy Dutch people
were part of this group and mainly influenced this idea. We also talked
about a contest in which we would compare webserver log file statistics.
So, here's my contestant; I'm waiting for others! Post your bids in euro
The product is available at
http://www.zope.org/Members/philikon/RoboCage/. An example of how it may
look like can be found under http://philikon.de/stuff/rc/. Comments are
That was it for this time. See you all next year in Berlin,