Wired News: Under Attack, Spam Fighter Folds
It is unfortunate but Blue Security has decided to close its Blue Frog service. Blue Frog was an innovative solution to stop spam. Blue Frog created a community of users - numbering in the hundreds of thousands - that would spend a plethora of opt-out request to known spammers. The program was very successful. Two weeks ago, spammers fought back. One particular spammer, calling himself PharmaMaster, launched a DDoS attack on Blue Security website. The attack shutdown Blue Security's website. When Blue Security redirected Internet traffic to their blog, PharmaMaster launched a DDoS on the blog. As a result of the damage and threat posed by spammers, Blue Security has decided to close Blog Frog. This unfortunately since it sets a precedent. Other spammers could see the success of PharmaMaster's attack as an invitation to copycat.