Not quite sure which forum to put this ..... http://www.spywareinfoforum.com/harvest_project/ The Harvester Project The Problem If you have had internet access for very long, you know that it is a very bad idea to leave your email address on message boards, newsgroup postings, and web sites. Why? Because web crawler robots (spambots) controlled by spammers will detect the address on the web page or newsgroup posting and add it to their database. The spammers have made it very difficult to conduct business with these email harvesting spambots, particularly for those who must publish a contact address for their site visitors. Fighting back The purpose of this project is to deliberately sabotage the results these spambots bring back to their owners. By having dozens of pages on your web site, each with dozens of bogus addresses, the results these spambots produce will be garbage. Rather than having legitimate addresses to spam, the addresses collected from a member's web site will all bounce and the spammer controlling the bot will be unable to sell or use those addresses. This project hits the spammers where they'll feel it most, in their wallets. I do this on this site. On the main page there is a 1 pixel by 1 pixel transparent .gif graphic that eventually leads to thirty pages of randomly generated html pages, each with between fifteen and thirty bogus email addresses. That means that a spambot crawling just this site alone will bring back between 450 and 900 addresses that are guaranteed to bounce. I hope to enlist thousands of web site owners all over the internet into this project to do exactly the same thing. Multiply 900 bogus addresses by 100 web sites .... or by 1,000 web sites. I think you can see just how effective this can be. If enough of you join in this project, we can make the practice of email harvesting more costly than any return it might generate. The ultimate goal of this project is to force spammers to abandon harvesting as a means of collecting email addresses.