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  1. Over a dozen attempts to report - one "almost" made it, but when I clicked on the button, I got a "upstream server response timeout" message.  Tracking URL:


    Other spams both before and after have processed as expected.


    SpamCop full reporting is almost stopped. At best creeping along

    What is wrong?

    This crops up usually because of spamcops popularity and inability of system to keep up with the new members signing up

    Perhaps its time to reduce FULL reporting times to 24 hours to allow system to keep up?

    QUICK reporting should be reduced to 6 hours and maybe less

  2. Quite understandably the login screen for spamcop webmail is configured so that you have to enter your full username and password each time, well it does on my system. I developed a small program that loads the spamcop webmail login page in a nice big browser window and automatically enters my username and password for me plus clicking the Enter button. I wondered if such a program might be useful to other spamcop webmail users?



    I recomend using a program that stores ALL passwords on a USB disk (encrypts password file with two seperat algorythms) as it means this becomes even more secure and even if you end up with spyware on computer your password list remains very secure

    Just check my signature for all links

  3. Sounds interesting :D however I don't really see that people would see this very seriously. Spamcop is just a means of reporting these spammers and does not necessarily provide any service to the ISPs so they would have no incentive to pay. In my opinion, it would devalue the whole point of using Spamcop, to report spammers, creating a blocklist against them and would most likely undermine its credibility when people begin to think that it is simply a moneymaking scheme for the owners of Spamcop!


    I don't mind if Sueing Spammers was a money making scheme for SpamCop

    However I suggested the legal expenses and rewards could go to the Legal team diciding they had a winning Case

    Some time ago "Hey Pete" from the other SpamCop forum tried this by adding a fee to every abuse report he sent (or along these lines)

    I'm suggesting it can be done and successfully

  4. Your own email client can sort them into a folder or ever delete them at server if that is what you wish you just set up your email clients rules. It is best you just have them sorted to a folder and (auto)marked read


    It's to do with legal implications of who is reporting and thus blocking spam and ignorance is no defence

    When the men in black come looking it is YOUR door they will break down

  5. There is no "problem". I would just rather not receive these reports. If I have made an error in the configuration then I would appreciate assistance in idenfying where that option is located and how to change it.

    Thanks :)


    Your own email client can sort them into a folder or even delete them at server if that is what you wish you just set up your email clients rules. It is best you just have them sorted to a folder and (auto)marked read

  6. The spammers are already catching up. New forms of malware direct hijacked computers to send spam through their ISP's official mail server rather than directly from their own IP. This means that automatic blocklists will soon list the mail servers of Comcast, SBC, and all the other major ISPs. This will reduce the usefulness of these lists for many people.


    Not seen any spam through a comcast mail sever yet? For that matter major majority of all Mail servers are so far spam free

    SpamCop also uses logic for adding to it's exellent blocklist and knows if spam is from a mail server or not. An ISP would have plenty of warning to do something about a spammer or spam source using their email server

    That said SpamCop blocklist still tries to identify the Computers IP that sends the email If the email server is competantly set-up The email server will not be listed by SpamCop. By this I mean as the spam is being sent SpamCop will often in seconds block the very computer trying to send spam (not the email server it is going through)

  7. (Names of the innocents have been removed to protect the guilty)


    And of course, Spamcop moronically lists a mailing list origin as the

    origin of the spam. This only helps hide the identity of the spammers.

    For example, if a piece of spam gets through to the xxxxx list (which is

    unlikely, but could happen), and you report this as spam, it is my

    network that is listed as the spam origin site, not the spammer, who

    remains anonymous and protected.

    So, in short, if you are happy with spamcop, good for you. I remain




    Denial of a problem this "mailing list" has is not a solution

    It would take more than one report for SpamCop to list an (which is a source)IP and when abuse reports stop coming the IP is released

    every abuse report is sent to their ISP and they can have SpamCop send a copy to them (if they wish to, but sounds to me like they prefer to be anti SpamCop) The problems this "mail list" is having is of their own creating and trying to protect the spammers they host

    Any user making malicous abuse reports through SpamCop can be expelled, with members fined (or both)

    SpamCop Blocklist is the very best spam filter one can use For any one to suggest not to use it is giving real bad advice. Any blocklist should be combined witha whitelist (A whitelist overrides a blocklist)

    The next if not best thing for one is to get is the only email address you will ever need which is a fully protected SpamCop email address (From botn virus and spam) Read about what real people say of SpamCop

  8. The problem with blocking using the spam Cop blocking list is that so many legitimate users are on Road Runner or Comcast and get blocked when some newbie's computer gets infected with a virus and allows spammers to use it to send spam. Mailwasher will indicate whether the sender is listed (mouse over) but there are false positives. Someone at a university who is getting mail from people they don't know, maybe even from APNIC area users, can't automatically rely on a blocklist.


    ComCast have claimed they will block port 25 which would effectively stop their spew if they actually did this? (meaning mail would only be allowed through authorised mail servers

    SpamCop blocks the IP (computer) that the spew comes from but only when it starts spewing spam and releases that IP when the spew stops

  9. Hi


    I live in Poland but email account I have in USA 

    Sorry for my english and Please HELP !!!



    Try using my signature for security fix's (all are free but very effective windows programs)

    SpamCop traces the source of spam to the computer IP it is sent from (as best it can)

    If it is your computer everything on it is open to spammers

  10. If you are reporting then I am most grateful.  My filtering scenario works so well that I don't remember the last time I got junk in my inbox and the number of false positives I receive is tiny (although I did get one thismorning  ;)  )



    If you report it (spam in your inbox) quick enough the Spammers 3 hour run is blocked before it completes often in seconds meaning most of spammers run hits a bit bin (or silicon hell)

  11. I also get a lot of spamvertised web site which spamcop sends to cfc_dcy<AT>sina.com

    When I do check those web sites shortly after, they are down (seems they do respond?)

    Try SpamDeputy (Click right mouse button and save to folder) which is a VERY good Windows tool for puting headers into and it then will often give alternate abuse addresseses (although not as good as SpamCop)

    It can do much much more like validate email addresses as well as website

  12. petzl, my reading (and reply) was that this person's problem was with spamcop forwarding out the messages to another account.

    In general, forwarding will always be quicker because it is handled directly without ever stopping in the account, waiting to be POPped.


    That is the way I read it also?

    I'm saying once forwarded, ones own email client then has to POP at timed intervals regardless

    To POP (or IMAP) directly to pop.spamcop.net (or imap.spamcop.net)is as fast as recieving from ones provider. The advantage is less to go wrong and no disadvantage (a needless step removed)

    I used to forward early in the piece but found my ISP was losing email. Never lost any since directly POP SpamCop

    It is even better if you phase out other email addresses and just use the only email address you will ever need, your spam proof SpamCop one. Just have those existing email addresses forwarded to SpamCop (make sure they are registered with SC's "mailhosts" program) after a time you can send them to silicon heaven as they should become defunct

  13. I keep wondering who the guests are, lately I have seen them no matter what time I come to read here.


    I for instance am in Sydney Australia and many SpamCop members are from verious other time zones on planet. Not always does ones computer keep SpamCop cookies so appear as a guest unless they log in

    That said I am also sure spammers watch what is said/writen and even scrape email addresses from here if they can (I'm reasonably sure "RT" would have the site poisoned for such spiders)

  14. MailWasher is becoming outdated as a defence against spammers

    For around the price of MailWasher (US$30) you could get a full SpamCop email account which will not only block all spammers, but report them all as well with one, two maybe three clicks of your mouse

    SpamCop accurately holds all spam in a Very Easy to Report folder called VER©

    Only legitimate mail is downloaded to your inbox from all your existing accounts

    SpamCop is the only email address you will ever need

  15. I would say this is a legitimate claim against these criminals

    even in South America, China and prticually USa. Australia has AU$Million a day fines for such

    I would say we have members here who can write a legal binding "BoilerPlate" bill to be included in abuse reports to any provider that (for instance) does not come off SpamCops members blocklist

    Once/first time is OK first time then after a weblink in every report with latest tally of what is owed to SpamCop Maybe even in Writing (hardCopy)

    When the Bill looks like it reaches an amount that a legal team believe they could collect on let them have 100% of the claim?

    AOL has or is finding that chasing spammers with lawsuits is detering them

    AOL reports decrease in spam

  16. For the past couple of months about 5% of my spam has blank TO:, blank SUBJECT, and blank BODY

    The "BODY" is what comes up when I do a VIEW SOURCE of the email, so the emails are sent HTML, not plain text.

    Why would a blank email be sent HTML?

    What are they testing for with these blank emails?

    Are others getting a fair number of these too?

    Should I report these as spam? They are annoying.


    The "To" feild is empty if address is in "BCC" field, Subjects for email are not required

    There are a combination of reasons for blank email

    Dumb SpamWare not working

    Testing for bounces (dictionary attacks)

    Virus sent email (not always with a body)

    The Hijacked computer was shut down in mid spam run

    If in doubt do not use SpamCop to report spam

    however you can submit a personal report and SpamCop will give you the reporting address (In blank body type "Message Body Empty"

  17. As I wrote in http://news.spamcop.net/pipermail/spamcop-...ber/011976.html:

    I would like a capability of using new Whitelists in the following ways:

    What do you guys think?



    JT is being a bit slow in using Bonded senders Whitelist? I believe there are other whitelists now as well

    To me it is the way things will go in that mail will only be accepted from those servers registered on a Whitelist (which will have conditions applied to keep that server whitelisted)

    I suspect if you get to many features like whitelisting our own IP it could slow down SpamCops mail server? If SpamCops mail hosts are not picking up your mailhost it suggests to me your provider is slack and needs to fix

  18. spamcop help says not to report viruses since it's not spam instead to contact the ISP but fails to explain how to do that. How do I contact the ISP of someone whos machine is sending me viruses, or what other resources are there if particular accounts are sending me 40+ viruses a day?



    You can use SpamCop to get the abuse desk reporting address of the email virus source and send in a personal report

    (Do not report Viruses through SpamCop as Viruses are not spam)