Researchers fire back against Twitter spammers

08/20/2013 | Verge, The · MIT Technology Review online

Researchers bought 120,000 fake Twitter accounts in order to get a handle on the ways in which spammers generate the bogus handles, then used their findings to set up anti-spam mechanisms. The tools and security features based on the research led to blocking about 92% of the spammers studied. "With more adaptive IP blacklists -- or stricter CAPTCHA requirements -- Twitter could stem the tide against spammers," Dante D'Orazio writes.

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