The Blue Frog Is Dead — Black Frog Rises From Its Ashes

Recently, we wrote about spammers attacking Blue Security (makers of the Blue Frog spam complaint system and the Do Not Intrude Registry opt-out system). It now appears that Blue Security has given up on its quest to make spammers honor opt-outs and has closed its doors. This seems to be due to a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack mounted by spammers earlier this month, plus alleged rogue elements filtering legitimate international Internet traffic.

Several concerned parties have started an open source project to revive the Blue Frog. This new project is known as Black Frog or Okopipi (dendrobates azureus, a type of poison dart frog found in Suriname, South America). For more information, see the project's Wiki.

If the new project is not to be as vulnerable to malicious attack as Blue Security was, it will need to be highly decentralized, so there is no single critical resource that can be attacked. The project should also take care not to cross the line from legitimate spam complaints to attacking spammers using DDoS-like techniques -- this was an early accusation leveled against Blue Frog.

Other interesting links include:

http://slashdot.org/~Spy+der+Mann/journal/135727
http://www.bluefrogfanclub.com/
http://www.castlecops.com/f230-Blue_Security.html

... Richi Jennings

One Comment

  1. Posted May 31, 2006 at 9:10 AM | Permalink

    No part of the Okopipi project will be called “Black Frog” due to possible trademark issues… the only name associated with the project is “Okopipi”
    See the wiki @ http://wiki.okopipi.org/wiki/FAQ#About_the_name for more info 🙂

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