[Zope-Annce] RoboCage Product released

Philipp von Weitershausen philikon@gmx.net
Thu, 02 Aug 2001 20:18:55 -0700

Hi everybody,

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 
to eurozope@comlounge.net!

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 
greatly appreciated.

That was it for this time. See you all next year in Berlin,

Philipp v.W.