Email harvesting bots — also known as data miners — trawl the internet for anything that looks like an email address. When they find one, they send spam to said address. They then search the site on which the email was found and search everything linked to there. The good people at the Office of Strategic Influence have created a site with a script that generates gigabytes of fail email messages (like “email@example.com”) and have handily provided links to it. Whenever this site, or any other site that links to the script, is found by an email harvester, the harvester also checks the script-hosting site. And dies. They can’t handle the millions of fake emails. Death to spam!
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