Spam Strike argues that they're not really spamming: they only send the warning ad once to a user; they make no effort to conceal their identity; and they offer an ethical service.

All of those claims are as yet untested. Spam Strike's operators appear to be in the UK, but there's nothing at the site or in its whois record to reveal the names or other details about who's behind the service. Besides, there's the issue of the legality of conducting automated scans.

To their credit, a Spam Strike representative made an appearance on the Nanae newsgroup to respond to the criticism of its spammed "warnings." The anonymous rep wisely announced that SpamSrike won't be sending any more spam. "We've decided to engage potential customers through traditional advertising channels, although some of us feel that by not issuing the warnings, we are hanging a lot of people 'out to dry.'"

The mysterious folks behind SpamStrike.net are not the first to launch an anti-spam service using that name. (Information on other Spam Strike offerings is here and here. But hopefully they'll be the last to try marketing such a sketchy service in such a boneheaded manner.

Posted by brian at March 6, 2006 10:38 AM

Comments

This has been done so many times. I never kept track of how many times I have seen spam in my various inboxes in which the content mentions spam being a menace. I suppose Google Groups could yield an answer of some sort. This is a very 1998 approach to spamming IMHO.

Posted by: my0 at March 6, 2006 6:08 PM

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