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18 April 2006

Small SURBL Python library

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The spammers have striken again, and we received reports that one of our extremely useful public service was used to work around URL matching techniques for spammers. In other words, a spammer who would have been identified (in email messages, blog comments) as using http://example.net/ as a URI in his spam could workaround it by putting a link to http://our-useful-service.example.org?uri=http://example.net/ instead, and given that the said service more or less entirely preserves the content as is, this allowed indeed to put a link to the incriminated content.

Picture of Dominique Hazael-MassieuxDominique Hazaël-Massieux (dom@w3.org) is part of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Staff; his interests cover a number of Web technologies, as well as the usage of open source software in a distributed work environment.