Spam Advisories

Not-so Hotmail

Jan. 6, 2006: Hotmail Makes Matters Worse (if that's possible) In response to a 419 complaint sent to abuse@hotmail, I received the following auto-ack: If you are reporting Unsolicited Commercial E-Mail (also known as Spam or Junk E-Mail), please resubmit your report to report_spam@hotmail.com or report_spam@msn.com depending on the spammer's domain. Appropriate actions will be taken. Abuse@hotmail.com and abuse@msn.com do NOT process spam reports. These accounts only process abusive e-mails in, but not limited, ...

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DNSBL Policies (Adds & Removals)

List Additions We maintain a number of spam traps across a number of domains. Email sent to a spam trap is automatically added to the spam list. Email that is not directed to a spam trap is analyzed for a spam “signature” and added as well. The process is completely automated; Updates are in real time. It takes from one to 60 seconds for the listing to show up in a multi-RBL ...

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Verizon Advisory

Finally, there is a substantial decrease in Zombie originated spam from VOL's residential ranges. This may be due to greater responsiveness on the part of Verizon. It may also be due (at least in part) to the increased awareness and greater use of AV scanners as a result of the latest Microsoft WMF exploit. At this time, we are tracking no zombies from Verizon space. If that continues, we will remove the ...

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Earthlink Advisory

There are two issues of importance to Earthlink subscribers: Our listing of Earthlink IPs is a direct result of complaints about spam sent by the Church of Scientology through Earthlink. Scientology sent spam to people who specifically requested not to receive their email. Moreover, they have failed to remove rejected addresses from their lists. Poor list management (in this case an apparent lack of any list management) puts a strain on corporate servers receiving email ...

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What Is Spam

The definition of spam is an issue of opinion. The US government has essentially defined spam as email that fails to comply with the CanSpam Act. A number of states have enacted their own laws. Each of us is free to use whatever criteria that we feel is appropriate. My notion of what constitutes spam follows: Unsolicited Bulk Email ("UBE") Unsolicited: We didn't subscribe to it. Bulk: Commercial and non-commercial email, apparently destined to multiple ...

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