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  1. moonbroth

    EMail problem?

    Update: the logjam cleared up in the last three hours. All seems to be running smoothly now. Cheers, Nick
  2. moonbroth

    EMail problem?

    I'm based in the UK, and (at the time of writing) have a 23-hour backlog of emails queued up in my public account and waiting for Spamcop to POP them through to the private account. Guess it's just one of those Internet traffic congestion things. Still a delighted user of Spamcop for lo these many years... Cheers, Nick
  3. Found on NANAE: well worth the read! http://www.mortgagespam.com/soloway/MS_v_S...ONS_DEFAULT.pdf Brief summary: ROKSO top-10 spammer Robert Soloway gets sued by Microsoft. In discovery, spammer claims not to have the records requested. So the court issues a default judgement against the spammer unless he can produce the records requested... and even if he can, he'll have perjured himself. The order re: the default judgement is drafted by Microsoft, but the Judge beefs it up significantly before issuing it. All in all, I guess we're going to see another bankrupt spammer before too long...
  4. moonbroth

    new logo for 'here'

    No: thanks, Merlyn! Cheers, Nick
  5. Jay Stuler's website with information about the lawsuit (inc. a Paypal link for donations) is at http://spamlawsuit.spamshield.org/ The case was recently discussed at Slashdot: http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/01/19/2238208 Cheers, Nick
  6. Hi, sommerfeld -- I guess the question would be whether the message you receive has been personalised to you in any way whatsoever (other than the choice of email address to spam), or whether it's "impersonal" bulk mail. If the only personalisation is that the spammer knows your name and your email address (and possibly your company's/website's name or other easily scrapeable details), but the email is otherwise untargeted commercial drek, I'd report them. If the email appears to be well targeted (like the specialist recruitment spams you report getting), then -- until the volume of such 'occasional' emails grows out of all proportion -- I'd say (shudder) you should Just Hit Delete. I agree the wording is peculiar. Use common sense. The SpamCop Admins surely will. (NB: IANASCA). Cheers, Nick
  7. moonbroth

    Lycos Europe's awful new idea

    Well, "up to a point, Lord Copper." Marjolein's fine page still lists uce[at]ftc.gov, which has been dead for quite a while now. And many of the reporting addresses there aren't "authorities" (which was what the OP was after) -- they're useful, but they're not what was wanted. Cheers, Nick
  8. moonbroth

    Lycos Europe's awful new idea

    FWIW, I'm in your camp. Here's a couple more useful spam reporting addresses, other than spam[at]uce.gov (the new FTC reporting address, which replaced the old uce[at]ftc.gov last year): webcomplaints[at]ora.fda.gov to report spammers offering drugs (under their US brand names) to the Food and Drug Administration. They'll be interested irrespective of whether you or not or the "supplier" are based in the USA, whether or not the drugs actually exist, etc. enforcement[at]sec.gov for reporting stock-pumping scams (insider tips, recommendations, etc.) to the Securities and Exchange Commission, those stalwart defenders of capitalism. Hope these help! Meanwhile, I'll get back to running a furtive Project Honeypot, a customised SpamItBack, a deeply personal spam Vampire... and mourning the loss of MakeLoveNotSpam. (I loved the way that ran as a screen saver... more fun than Avast! anti-virus scanning... it'd be great if SpamItBack could do the same). Cheers, Nick
  9. moonbroth

    Project Worth Supporting

    I agree. But I have one of their honeypots running anyway. At the end of the day, the New York Spammer sent spam to an address that was demonstrably harvested off a website, after the CAN-spam Act came into force, which never "opted in" to anything. ISTM there's got to be a way to make that hurt... (When I was installing the honeypot last month, I got polite, proactive, human email from one of the guys at the Project offering to help with a configuration problem they identified at their end. I'm very impressed!) Cheers, Nick
  10. moonbroth

    Is Savvis interested or not??

    Old news. What happened since is visible on Spamhaus and the mirrored Savvis.info website. At the time of writing (late November), Spamhaus reports that Savvis.net are hosting 48 spammers including 12 ROKSO-listed hard-core spammers. When their little racket was exposed in September (see savvis.info for the disgusting details), they were hosting 146 spammers including 57 ROKSO-listed entities. So that's progress of a sort. However, it appears inconsistent with Savvis' press release promising to be good (and to use the ROKSO list as their "principal metric"). Popular opinion on NANAE (news.admin.net-abuse.email) holds that Savvis are happy to remain "bubbling under" as the 11th or 12th spammiest ISP on the Net, taking their pink money while ducking and diving to avoid a return to Spamhaus' monthly "Top Ten Worst spam ISPs" listing. If not, why are a dozen of the spammers they claim to be getting rid of still enjoying their Savvis-provided connectivity, almost three months later? Cheers, Nick
  11. That's true, and that's a problem, but -- as far as I can see -- the top-secret, final-forwarding-destination address isn't bouncing, only the intermediate [name][at]spamcop.net address. Now, are spammers stupid enough to send spam directly to [at]spamcop.net addresses? (I guess we're going to find out in the next few hours and days... ) Cheers, Nick
  12. I'm getting the same bounce messages, too. A test message sent to my [name][at]spamcop.net email address came back with: "5.1.2 - Bad destination host 'DNS Hard Error looking up filter2.cesmail.net (MX): NXDomain' (delivery attempts: 0)" I've had Spamcop POPping mail from my old account for processing for a couple of years now, and have made no changes to any relevant settings. Cheers, Nick
  13. moonbroth

    Giving SPAMmers a taste...

    You're more forgiving than me. When an alias starts getting spam, I am always tempted to change it to point to the bit-bucket. (Using a separate alias for everyone I buy from: merchants who leak my details to spammers aren't people I ever want to do business with or hear from again). But YMMV. Cheers, Nick
  14. moonbroth

    E-Mail spam submittals blocked by your ISP

    I think the term you're looking for is "Empty Hat". Cheers, Nick
  15. Care to give me a reference? I will act as you suggest, if the evidence is convincing. Cheers, Nick
  16. moonbroth

    What can a spammer do in retaliation?

    Not intentionally (SpamCop are very ethical, in my experience), but although the SpamCop software will try to anonymize your complaints (e.g. removing your email address and anything that looks like it from the complaint), this isn't foolproof. (It is relatively easy for a spammer to include some unique token -- other than your email address -- in the message you will be reporting, and to link this back to your email address on receipt of a 'munged' complaint from whoever gives them connectivity). Basically, a spammer has your email address already -- the best you can do now is damage control. I'm sorry I can't promise you a magic bullet, but there isn't one. I'd report them, FWIW. Cheers, Nick
  17. moonbroth

    New Spam email message that disgusts me..

    It's a joe-job: pay no attention. (Someone at ShadowCrew must have annoyed a spammer a while back, as this has been going on for years: Google for shadowcrew joe-job for details). Cheers, Nick
  18. I hadn't complained previously, but I share all the complainers' qualms. I guess some of us were concerned because in the pinned post Default behavior of Held Mail button changed JeffT was quoted as saying: Also, the new strapline that was briefly added to what I now know as the VER page (and which I use in preference to the Webmail interface) suggested that it was on its way out, to be replaced by the (less informative) Webmail page. Sure, I've got the VER page bookmarked, but until today there was no indication that it wasn't "on the way out". Cheers, Nick
  19. Visit http://lawsuite.word-to-the-wise.com for an archive of court filings in re: Optinrealbig.com vs. Ironport dba Spamcop, including the very welcome (and at times highly amusing) Order Denying Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction (i.e. Scotty getting spanked by the judge). Recommended reading. Cheers, Nick (PS: moderators, I was surprised not to find this excellent resource already linked from these boards. If there's a reason for keeping the forums clean of legal stuff, please feel free to delete this post).
  20. moonbroth

    hopeless about hardcore porn spam

    I don't think that's necessarily true. My wife's email address has never appeared on the web, and she gets porn spam (a dozen or so a day, all blocked by the ISP spamtraps, SpamBayes and Outlook's own junk mail filters). I think many of these come in via dictionary attacks against major ISPs. Cheers, Nick
  21. ipowerweb used SpamCop earlier this year, and may well do so today -- here's a brief excerpt from an article which mentioned someone else who's had problems due to a specific configuration issue on ipowerweb: I don't know if this helps: at least it confirms that your ISP may well be the SpamCop-using party (as previous posters have said). ipowerweb provide instructions about how to enable (and presumably disable) their spam filtering system, including a screenshot walkthrough on their ipwhelp.com site: I really hope this is useful to you. Cheers, Nick
  22. moonbroth

    Most would say that this sucks

    Don't be silly! Either Scotty's a spammer, or else Microsoft's Hotmail spamtraps have evolved just enough Artificial Intelligence to subscribe to his mailing lists. (If they had true AI, they'd shun them... but this is MS, so don't wait around). And please note that Spitzer is settling with Snotty Scotty; Microsoft isn't. Cheers, Nick
  23. moonbroth

    Forum system upgrade

    Changing the skin from "IPB Default Skin" made the boards disappear for me: I had to hit "page-back" to get to a page with the drop-down selector and then re-select "IPB Default" to get them back. That said, Invision seem to have pretty good skinning resources etc. at InvisionSkins, InvisionAdds, etc. But there's better things you could be spending your time on, I have no doubt... Cheers, Nick
  24. moonbroth

    Total and Pure confusion??

    Welcome aboard, agape! It sounds as if you want to find the headers attached to a spam email message you've received, so you'll have everything you need for submitting it to SpamCop. We won't be able to help until we know what program or website you use to read your email, though, as there are lots of options and they all work differently. Can you tell us? Then someone may know how to help. Cheers, Nick
  25. moonbroth

    is there a list ?

    Steven, I set up SpamBully for a friend who uses Outlook Express*, and he has had no complaints. (He had a huge volume of inbound spam). I completely agree about disabling the bounce and challenge-response systems. My wife has the SpamBayes MS Outlook add-in protecting her inbox. That also works very effectively. Cheers, Nick * (yes, I know, "friends don't let friends use OE...")
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