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  1. jims

    Reporting problems today?

    I'm of two minds about it. I guess it doesn't bother me enough to do anything about it. (Before my SpamCop days I looked all the stuff up manually, and sent service providers email directly, and so was prepared for reprisals.) Since I've started looking, I just found one with 13 instances of my email address scattered throughout the header and body. It seems sort of overkill just to verify my address is live. Oh well, thanks for the heads-up. Ok, thanks!
  2. jims

    Reporting problems today?

    Spamcop's been working great for me the past two days! So I wanted to say Thanks! to everybody who worked on this problem we've been having for several weeks now. Thanks! I really mean that! I do have an issue though. I've noticed that Spamcop is showing my email address in many of the reports. This is usually in the form of username=domain.com. Where the = replaces the [at]. Another form of this dataleak is to use the custom header: X-UID: username (With the domain name obvious in the headers). I've collected examples of these to show you, and placed them in separate categories: Return-Path: X-UID: Email Links: List-Unsubscribe: In 4 Places: Here is a bunch of examples to look at: Return-path: http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369157570z1...57113d869751f3z http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369158575z6...c4eba88a9dec00z X-UID: http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369433900z0...a3771d5bc0384fz http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369425723z5...416ea58832e151z http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369872714z4...a7727921f7660bz http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369944998z6...43536cd4dbefdcz http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369945773z6...b80200119c2f47z http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369960782zd...3ecd9bf23005f5z http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5370088677z1...79e3addfc213e8z In email URLs: http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369426309zf...8bc63d01541a6dz http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369941632z5...73a28005b7ab78z http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369426227z1...773d7d64cf8d45z http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369426309zf...8bc63d01541a6dz http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369435811z2...e96d92e47f2adaz http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369424182z1...a7c44b2dd2a879z http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369431581z8...cee78ce2e37d12z http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369565109z3...96c67ba936a710z http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369565360za...e03761fcffa98dz http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369565763z4...f2b58788cb7543z X-UID: and List-Unsubscribe: http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369567178z5...e7d537f65cd9caz http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369567359z7...308ad988809aa1z http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369624303z2...6a128e7652b485z http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369624710zf...4000ebce0fc522z http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369625161z7...b11290ab37af1fz http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369625730za...7856534c2c8b0bz http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369626197zd...aa686c0ee9ccfez http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369678582z5...fec198fcb6a11az http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369943298z9...d41a704b3c555cz http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5370089012zf...822938f5df78a9z In 4 Places: http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5369678356zb...2fa6de6e9b30b8z http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5370107385z0...bb8675f81ba51dz http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5370102857zc...0acc4bf6b58be7z Note, some of the above examples could fit in 2 or more categories.
  3. jims

    Reporting problems today?

    Lots of people are having the same issue. Me, for instance. You should either reply to the email they probably sent you, or use this webform to contact them: http://www.spamcop.net/w3m?action=contactf...count+Suspended They'll tell you that their having major problems, and will reactivate you once they have things under control. But at least you'll know that someone knows about your issue. The only other thing we can do is wait, and try to be patient.
  4. jims

    Reporting problems today?

    Who? Me? Never! But my points still stand, romanticized or not: 1) SpamCop IS, if not an absolute good, then absolutely good for everyone with an email service. Because it at the very least helps to lower the volume of spam. 2) SpamCop has been around a VERY long time, in terms of anti-spam services. 3) Honeypot addresses can only do so much good. They're certainly not a Cisco or SpamCop innovation. Others have used them in the past. Others use them currently. But only the cheapest and most stupid spammers are fooled by them. Without people reporting from "live" addresses, the MOST valuable resource SpamCop / Cisco has in the fight against spam would evaporate. What I'm saying is: If enough people leave SpamCop, SpamCop will die. Possibly, but the coincidences were rather many, and sometimes nearly instant. For instance, that 300+ to 10, wasn't all SpamCop, I know, it started dropping before I used SpamCop. I didn't have a job at the time, so I made reporting spam (by hand) my all-day hobby every-day for a good while (a luxury few can afford). But couldn't pound the number down any further than 99 spam's a day. After a few weeks (I honestly don't recall how long, it might have been a week or less) of using SpamCop, I was down to 10 or less a day on a pretty regular basis. This was in 2001 or 2002, and the ISP was my former employer, they outsourced all their phone techs to Canada, but kept their System Administrative staff. According to scuttlebutt most everything stayed the same, and had no reason to change. I know I'm drawing conclusions on insufficient evidence, but I have no evidence to the contrary. But I do know that my spam problem was NOT a domain-wide issue. As I'd been rather irresponsible with that email address, I eventually did abandon it (even though all the ex-employees were entitled to free email accounts for life) because I switched ISP's, AND because keeping that address clean was a constant fight. But not all my benefits have been so obvious and dramatic. My Gmail account has never had a huge amount of spam, and almost all is caught by the spam box. But I DO see types of spams go-away after reporting them for a while. Of course, they eventually always come back, just to go away again too. Plus I see definite increases in the bulk of spam I get when I stop reporting for whatever reason. A sometimes unavoidable consequence of spam protection, and sometimes a result of sloppy maintenance or other admin error. For instance, the ISP I worked at originally had phone techs take care of email problems by logging into the server directly and using POP commands (and YES, we did ask for the username and password). As such, and all tech not being equil, sometimes mail got deleted that didn't need to be. Sometimes email accounts got emptied by accident. Not sure why, I assume it was because they were too cheap to buy or create proper tools. (Which I did after I left.) But, I don't think I ever had that problem, on that particular email account. I'm sure it will.
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    Reporting problems today?

    Wow, from the comments here it really seems that the rats really are abandoning the ship. <Bully Pulpit Mode> But before you jump ship, think of this: I've been quietly supporting SpamCop (by submitting spam) for over 10 years. In those ten years I have only benefited from SpamCop purely as a side effect of their work. But those benefits have been clear. I saw spams drop from a 300+ a day high when I was reporting spams BY HAND, using reverse look-ups, trying to avoid being tricked by false headers, tracking down ISP's and bandwidth providers, eventually down to a manageable 10 to 15 a day after being recommended SpamCop by an ISP's SysAdmin. Even after I migrated to Gmail (which is no slouch on spam), I have STILL seen drops in spam when I report them. Those are very concrete benefits, even though neither I nor any of my service providers have directly used SpamCop's email or BlackHole List to my knowledge. There have ups and downs in those years, but SpamCop has always come back. And SpamCop has survived where many other anti-spam companies have fallen to Hack-Attacks, DOS attacks, etc. Regardless of whether Cisco is in denial, or major spin-mode, now is not the time to abandon her. Now is the time to return the favor she's done for us by making our email accounts usable, by standing ready to provide her with the ammunition she'll need once she's overcome these latest attacks. Who CARES if Cisco is "using us"? We, both paying and non-paying members, benefit from being used so! Do you think I would have stuck around for more than 10 years if I DIDN'T benefit? No way! I'm not that charitable. Even with the extra effort of using Gmail's "View Original", cutting and pasting, opening and closing windows, it's been worth my while. And it's been worth yours too. Besides. SpamCop is one of the oldest anti-spam efforts still around, and I believe the most successful. That is exactly why there is a concerted effort by the spammers and hackers-for-sale now, because it has been so successful. If Cisco's/SpamCop's reporting base abandons it, THAT will be the death of SpamCop. Not some petty bot-net attack. And if SpamCop goes, there goes one of the cornerstones of a safe and usable Internet. Which would be bad for all of us. </Bully Pulpit Mode> jims P.S. Besides, if the Internet can't police it'self, that is just more ammunition for those who don't wan't a free internet, for those who want to regulate it to death, to spy on it, on YOU, and those who wan't to push all but commercial activity, including free individual speech, off the net. Come on, the Internet became the Internet because of people of good-faith and good-intentions working together to create an online community. A community with agreed upon rules, and a community where individuals did their bit to enforce those rules. Not one where people depend on others to make things better, but worked on it themselves. Has all of that vanished? Surely not.
  6. jims

    Reporting problems today?

    Three days now, and I still can't submit spam, account still disabled. I imagine that all my previously submitted spams are now stale, and can't be reported. If I could get re-enabled I'd try to submit spam again.
  7. jims

    Reporting problems today?

    I've had that issue for 2 days now.
  8. jims

    Reporting problems today?

    Still getting the Gateway Timeout's, I've currently got 12+ spams that I'm trying to submit, and 6 more that I haven't even tried to submit. I'm also getting new errors: "Headers Not Loaded" (or something like that), and partially loaded reporting pages. Here is a link to a PNG of a partially loaded page: http://www.mediafire.com/i/?9uk9c13cff7xd1r If you reload the page enough, the headers error is eventually replaced by the Gateway Timeout. Here is my current list of timeouts: Reference #1.8c70e93f.1341877801.90ba646 Reference #1.8c70e93f.1341877798.90ba182 Reference #1.8c70e93f.1341877781.90b92b7 Reference #1.8c70e93f.1341877615.90aee77 Reference #1.8c70e93f.1341877612.90aeb6e Reference #1.8c70e93f.1341878088.90ca981 Reference #1.8c70e93f.1341877604.90ae189 Reference #1.8c70e93f.1341877601.90adcfd Reference #1.8c70e93f.1341877597.90ad86d Reference #1.8c70e93f.1341877576.90abfb6
  9. jims

    Reporting problems today?

    Finally all the above went through! Still having issues though , but I was able to eventually get my last 13 spams through.
  10. jims

    Reporting problems today?

    I've been getting gateway timeouts all day, (Actually for about 2 weeks now). These are from today: Gateway Timeout The proxy server did not receive a timely response from the upstream server. Reference #1.8c70e93f.1341274159.10041c3 Reference #1.8c70e93f.1341274159.10041af Reference #1.8c70e93f.1341274159.10041a6 Reference #1.8c70e93f.1341274158.1004179 Reference #1.8c70e93f.1341273959.ff741d Reference #1.8c70e93f.1341273958.ff73f9 Reference #1.8c70e93f.1341273958.ff73f8 Reference #1.8c70e93f.1341273958.ff73d9 Reference #1.8c70e93f.1341273958.ff73d2 Reference #1.8c70e93f.1341273958.fe342a
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