Spam (was Key Indicators)

Blain Nelson

Message 35119 · 29 Apr 2003 04:08:37 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Campbell Downie wrote:

> After using the program for some months my blacklist is over 80
> addresses long and any mesage for anyof these addresses will ot only
> be deleted from my mail box befor I download it but the a message
> will be sent to the effect that I do not wish to reeive no further
> message from that address
>

Please tell me that it's smart enough to check the headers to see if
they are forged, rather than just sending the nastygram to the "from" or
"reply-to" address. Nastygramming is more likely to land on some
innocent sucker who's had their account hacked or their domain name used
for fake addresses.

Been there, done that. This weekend, even.

> I was thene getting up to 30 spam mesages a day, probably because I
> unwisely looked a the front page of a pornography address which
> flashed up on my screen, but after hitting the bounce key a few times
> it has all stopped
>

Not unless you gave something your email address -- just looking at a
page can't bring you spam. A recent study showed that almost all spam
goes to addresses listed on websites in machine-readable form, with the
second largest category being those who post to usenet. Probably the
next biggest category (my guess) would be forwarded email. The article
was on Slashdot in the past week <http://slashdot.org/> for those who
are interested.

> I hope this proves helpful. i believe there are some similar
> programs which do much the same
>
> Cheers
>
> Campbell

Take care,
Blain

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