Can I forward my spam to SpamCop and not have to log-on to review it?
If I must log on, I might as well just copy the source to the (CastleCops-like) windows it provides, as I always did. Such added effort only makes sense to me if I report all spam only once daily, after the computer boots in the morning. Only then would it be reasonable to take the time to log into SpamCop by browser, verify all my reports, & mail them. This is not good for SpamCop.
Why SpamCop needs Rapid Reporting
Mozilla's (platform-independent) Thunderbird lets me instantly classify spam & forward various kinds (phish, for example) to various organizations ('Phish' can be a group of collected addresses). Or, I can mail everything in my junk folder to various agencies, then delete it (with the press of a toolbar button from 'Habu'). At the moment, my computer's voice tells me that spam has arrived, and within a minute I can examine it safely (blocking MIME), classify it, & forward it to an appropriate agency.
But I don't believe I can do this with SpamCop because of my having to start my browser (which must swap out Thunderbird) and examine SpamCop's report. However, I want to use SpamCop to get phish and illicit sites off the internet as fast as possible!
I'm only a scientist with little time to report my research, not a full-time cop. If I must decide between reporting my research or spam reports, I'll naturally chose the thing only I can do. However, using free services on the internet means, to the internet citizen, one helps as much as one benefits. There are many spam reporting organizations that I can easily zip a letter to; but they likely only rapidly take down phishing sites. (KnujOn, however, wants to kill lethal medicinal sites, which prey upon us poor.)
SpamCop & KnujOn Complement One Another
The aged may remember that in posts long ago I had mistakenly been attempting to use SpamCop to perform the services of KnujOn. KnujOn appears interested in illicit spam, preventing the stealing of identities (and USD 600 million per annum, and lives taken by counterfeit medicines). However, the wheels of justice grind slowly (if at all). Reports of KnujOn's becoming personae non grata at ICANN are most encouraging, however. (Jon Postel is likely rolling in his grave at ICANN's choice to ignore crime.)
SpamCop blocks spam, quickly: as a side-effect, it reports the site's activities (to everyone up to ICANN, I wish) in a letter. I don't know whether it places the illicit store's site on the SCBL before it can claim more victims; but I hope it does. Both KnujOn's and SpamCop's services are important for me to use.
Using Apple Mail & Thunderbird
To report spam quickly & easily on my little Mac (running 10.4.11), I've installed two mailing agents: Apple Mail (for my spam-free accounts) and Thunderbird (for my unhappy spam-trap). Apple mail is unique in that its Junk folder allows the viewing of mail, yet avoids web bugs and malware. However, unless one is running MacOSX 10.5, it won't forward dangerous HTML mail, even as an attachment. This is an Apple Mail problem.
Thunderbird announces when spam arrives (using GrowlMail, though it can do this itself), and the combination ClamXav Sentry & Growl throws up a persistent warning screen that prevents my opening a letter (RFC822.eml) tainted by mailware, or has even a phishy smell.
Thunderbird for MacOSX
Thunderbird for Portable Drives
The Ease of Selectively Reporting to Knujon, FTC, SEC, FDA, ACMA, DSLReports, Millersmile, &c: Knujon.net has, well, nine mailing addresses, which I symbolize by a one-word 'Tag': Phish, Drugs, Counterfeits, &c, and Unknown. Because Thunderbird's Junk folder doesn't protect one, I turned off all associations of MIME objects (photos, movies, hyperlinks) but plain text.
1. Knujon on Thunderbird
I rapidly view the text in each spam and tag it according to Knujon's classification. Then I view letters of one tag, such as 'Phish', select them all, and forward them as attachements to, for example,
which Thunderbird fills in itself from my 'Collected Addresses'. The 'Sent' folder records what I have reported. This takes less than a minute for three or four spams. Note that I have already carefully examined the spam. Anything not spam I have moved to the Inbox, anything questionable I just deleted. On the toolbar, just above the list of letters, I've placed 'Tag', 'Forward', & 'Report' (by Habu).
The Habu Thunderbird Add-On
2. SpamCop on Thunderbird
After reporting this, I was hoping to select all letters in my Junk mailbox, forward them to my special e-mail address at SpamCop, then move them to the Trash. (An add-on by Habu will mail all letters in the Junk folder to any combination of these: address of your choice, SpamCop, KnujOn, various US governmental organizations, and the Australian government. Then Habu will discard all the spam.) No reporting organization requires further action on our part ...but SpamCop.
This is a Problem
SpamCop's requiring further action is a problem because some of us haven't much of a life left. I should be willing to contribute a book (USD 15) for the ability to check 'Don't send report to From address', 'Don't send report if address may be forged', 'Don't send report to hyperlinks', 'Don't report sites in one's host country' &c. In other words, I should like to make 'safe' choices in advance, assuring that only proper reports are sent, any questionable ones not.
Is there some reason why SpamCop can't do this (forcing its own choices if necessary)? Those with time will likely customize their reports, as is now required. Other organizations seem to post-process what they receive, taking on this burden themselves. (Many, of course, are financed by taxes.)
Is this available Now? Suggestion.
At the moment, security sites and computer companies recommend users trash their spam. Were SpamCop to make such an option available, everyone could click (for example) Habu's green dot on the toolbar to automatically report spam before trashing it. (Wow!) The default choices of 'Rapid SpamCop' could include 'Don't send any reports', until the user logs in and reads the instructions about releasing each default restriction imposed by SpamCop on 'safe' reporting.
It would also be nice, after an illness, to ship everything to SpamCop and have them choose among the twenty reports, ignoring old ones while sending the new ones. (I've noticed that spammers are dating letters in advance, so your mailer will open them first; and dating some '1976', so SpamCop will ignore them. I should have to take the time to examine the complete envelope before knowing whether to send this to SpamCop or not. Other organizations deal with them.
Because my little iBook must swap a mailing agent and browser, I should like to set up an account on SpamCop described above, so I can report spam as I do to other reporting agencies. Is this possible? As mailing agents add features, such as safe viewing in the Junk folder, they could add a button like Habu's. It might be a good idea to prepare for this.