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SpamTrap Does Nothing But Shred Incoming Email

spamtrap By David Ponce

It’s clear that spam is one the most hated elements of online life, and it’s nice to see people deal with it in creative (if not necessarily useful) ways. Bill Shackelford created the SpamTrap, a contraption that prints incoming spam mail, and proceeds to immediately feed it into a paper shredder. He used a

Pentium II computer connected to a wireless network, personal printer, personal shredder, aluminum rails, Spamtrap email addresses, automatic printing software, email client software, antivirus software, and a SpamCop user account. The paper is recycled after the spam email has been shredded.

What he means there by “SpamTrap email addresses” is that he uses email addresses he created specifically for the purpose of being spammed; he left them in forums and other online bulletin boards, luring spam. Once the spam is in, it gets printed, and immediately shredded, for your satisfaction. [ Update: True, the spam also gets sent to a blacklist, with SpamCop, so there is some actual use to this contraption. ]

The device is a one of a kind project at the moment, and there very likely no plans to commercialize.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]








  • http://vhata.net/ Jonathan Hitchcock

    His spamtrap also sends the spam to a blacklist – that’s why he needs a SpamCop account.

    So it’s not “nothing but shred”, it is actually useful…

  • Kouroth

    Save for all the paper, ink, energy etc. waisted. Still its a great PR kind of thing for the spammer who cares about the environment: “You kill trees when you spam!”

  • http://www.spyboy.com spyboy

    Can we use it to shred spammers instead? Why waste paper?