[Question #42434]: Send message to all contacts?

l33ting disorder question42434 at answers.launchpad.net
Sun Aug 17 16:39:17 EDT 2008


Question #42434 on Pidgin changed:
https://answers.launchpad.net/pidgin/+question/42434

    Status: Answered => Open

l33ting disorder is still having a problem:
I dunno man, that sounds like a cop-out to me.

A) spammers don't use client software, they use scripts and custom
spamming software.

B) to try to use pidgin for spam would just be ridiculous. With the
amount of work you'd have to do to replicate the effectiveness of 5
minutes in a spam tool, you'd be better off just getting a job at
mcdonald's. (trust me, I have a diploma in network security so I know
the common spam methods)

C) if someone DID want to resort to using client software for spamming
purposes, they'd just use one of the many many windows clients that do
have a send-to-all feature.

Really, speaking as a network security specialist, I can tell you that
you don't have to worry about spammers abusing a send-to-all feature in
an end-user client like Pidgin because spammers already have MUCH more
efficient tools available. It would be like a commercial fisherman
selling his trawling boat and investing in a whittled stick to spear-
fish with. ;)

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