Project Honey Pot is a web based honeypot network which uses software embedded in web sites to collect information about IP addresses used when harvesting e-mail addresses for spam or other similar purposes such as bulk mailing and e-mail fraud. The project also solicits the donation of unused MX entries from domain owners.
Recently, the Project began a number of new initiatives including a QuickLinks program that makes it easier for more people to participate, as well as a system to track comment spam. The Project has also launched a free, new service called http:BL which leverages the data to allow website administrators to keep malicious web robots off their sites.
In addition to collecting information which is made available on a ‘top 25’ list at periodic intervals, the project organizers also help various law enforcement agencies combat private and commercial unsolicited bulk mailing offenses and overall work to help reduce the amount of spam being sent and received on the Internet. The information collected is also used in research and development of newer versions of the software to further improve the efforts of the group as a whole.
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