Wintermute Posted May 11, 2004 Share Posted May 11, 2004 Hi there. This morning, we have been troubleshooting a pretty nasty Internet outage in our office... only to find that our ISP had withdrawn service due to us being listed on the Spamcop blacklist. Fair enough, I support Spamcop's efforts, and was more concerned to quickly plug any problem. This turned to anger as soon as I realised that there was no open relay on our site, nor in fact had any spam originated here. We have up to date AV, spyware scanners, and a firewall that logs all port 25 connections. We appear to have been blacklisted due to a single message which was posted (by me) to Yahoo Groups. As I'm sure everyone is aware, Yahoo groups are opt-in discussion lists that users have to subscribe to, so recieving the list mails is hardly unsolicited. On seeing a copy of the suspect email from my ISP, it's blindingly apparent that the message was properly sent through Yahoo Groups, and is not IN ANY WAY a spam message. It's also apparent that the true reason for the complaint is that the reporter simply did not like the CONTENT of the email, which expressed my opinion about an off topic religious message sent to the group. So, the next question - do spam reporters have anonymity to hide behind, or do I have a path to hold someone to account for causing my office several hours of downtime by a malicious, false report? (not to mention that I don't really appreciate having my freedom of speech stomped on in this way) Ian. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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