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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-06-2004, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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How much SPAM do you get?

I got tired of deleting bunches of e-mails every day so I'm trying Norton AntiSpam. It's doing a pretty good job, a few get through but not much considering. I think there might be a worm virus going around but I've received 500 SPAM e-mails the past 5 days. That's 100 a day. Pretty insane really. My e-mail is out there, so it is to be expected. I have a variety of e-mail addresses I use for different purposes but for the most part Norton is doing a good job. I was wondering what other peoples experiences are.

And what is it going to take for these people to stop? The remove form list is a joke in most cases and used to verify your address... I get virtually no telemarketing any more since I've been on the no-telemarketing list. I'm not one to jump on the regulation bandwagon but it seems we need some meaningful fines for people who abuse SPAM mailing guidelines.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-06-2004, 12:53 PM
 
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SpamAssassin rocks - it can learn and adapt to the spam your receiving. I think there is a windows version but I use it w/Kmail on Debain.

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I just got 16 copies of the same SPAM e-mail. I have NO IDEA what these people are thinking. Do they really think I'm going to do business with them? Idiots!
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i dont get any spam from my dls.net account. any spam is sent to a special web page for me to look at and either approve it or remove it. its awsome!!!!!!!

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Spam is a funny thing. Here's the skinny of it in a simple explaination. There are lists that you can buy. Anyone can purchase these mass mailing lists. So, you buy this list of 5 million email address (more or less, it's up to you), and you run some software that strips out the addresses, puts them into a script that sends out email messages. Here's the tricky part. ISP's have come under fire recently from the FCC. So, they are cracking down hard on known spammers. The only problem is that spammers move quickly!! And they use a technique called spoofing. You might receive a message that appears to have come form yourself. If you have ever experianced this, you have received a spoofed email. You can make it look like the email came from, was sent to, or was forwarded by whoever you want. I recently learned how to do this, and have had some fun doing it. Another technique used by spammers is to hire college kids. Well, actually, they hire their computers. They will recruit in the commons and give kids money to run this software on their software all day long. That's it. They relay email messages from these college kid's boxes and away it goes. Spam will be a problem for as long as there is email. I personally get (between my 4 or 5 accounts) about 300 to 400 spam messages a day. I recently purchased Surf Control for our exchange server here at work, and it seems to be pretty good at blocking spam. It also has an agent that gets updated everyday, similar to virus protection. Any new technology that spammers might be using gets updated into the database, and downloaded to my server. It's pretty pricey though.

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