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Remember, the site that allowed random Internet users to upload their spam? It was set up back in 2002 by CipherTrust, one of the commercial anti-spam vendors, to offer a large, ‘standard’ database of known spam to be used for testing, developing, and benchmarking anti-spam tools, and for anti-spam researchers. It got a bit of coverage at Slashdot and Wired News at the time.

It never really was too useful for its supposed purposes, though, at least for us in SpamAssassin, since:

  1. it collected submissions from random internet users, without vetting, and therefore couldn’t be guaranteed to be 100% valid;

  2. it ‘anonymized’ the headers too much for the spam to be useful in testing a filter like SpamAssassin, which requires correct header data for valid results;

  3. collecting spam has never been a problem; avoiding it is ;)

Anyway, looks like Ciphertrust/Secure Computing have since lost interest, since they’ve allowed the domain to lapse. It has instead been picked up by a domain speculator:

Domain ID:D134033677-LROR
Created On:30-Nov-2006 18:52:13 UTC
Last Updated On:01-Dec-2006 12:42:26 UTC
Expiration Date:30-Nov-2007 18:52:13 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:PSI-USA, Inc. dba Domain Robot (R68-LROR)
Registrant ID:ABM-9376887
Registrant Name:Robert Farris
Registrant Organization:Virtual Clicks
Registrant Street1:P.O. Box 232471
Registrant Street2:
Registrant Street3:
Registrant City:San Diego
Registrant State/Province:US
Registrant Postal Code:92023
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1.7205968887
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX:
Registrant FAX Ext.:
Registrant Email:[email protected]

A visit to now reveals a parking page, which grabs the browser window, forces it to front, maximises it, attempts to bookmark it, add it to the Firefox sidebar — and who knows what else ;)