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SubjectRe: The spam problem.
  Good morning,

Please refrain from fights on email issues while I am asleep..
DaveM is in California, I am in Finland. About 9-10 hours
time difference there. (depending on our personal rythms, also.)

On Mon, Aug 12, 2002 at 07:00:46AM +0200, Dhr N. Van Alphen wrote:
> cause there would be many non-members who wanna post bugs but can't because
> they dont have access maybe?
> I suggest too block every email adres wich sends crap, easy done.

- Number of faked source addresses
- Number of cases using somebody's address
- Number of throw-away addresses
- How many times they use HOTMAIL/YAHOO/EMAIL/MAIL/... addresses ?

I think I will stick to the (weakish) method of matching texts in
message body (and sometimes on headers)..

I just reviewed Majordomo's BOUNCE log. It is bouncing (into oblivion)
practically every posting from HOTMAIL (because of Received: header
text: "from mail pickup service", which appears also in a number of
looped messages..)

Over past 3 days Majordomo has trapped ONE of those money-scam
letters. A lot more of various other spams have been blocked.
Messages with HTML content don't make it into VGER at all, which
should give a very big clue to legitimate posters making a mistake
of posting such.

I am very worried of trapping too much. A bit of leakage is (to me)
accptable, but similar amounts of falsely trapped ones I don't like.

I also receive so much spam directly, that I don't always detect every
instance when it is leaking thru VGER's lists. If you want to raise
the attention of VGERs postmasters, I suggest you forward it to:

with subject: "leaked spam"

Also, in case of non-english spam, I would like to receive suggestions
for PERL RE patterns matching juicy keywords in the messages.
(To me Chinese or Russian texts are just line noise...)

> Niek van alphen

/Matti Aarnio
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