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Subject: Re: Cyberangels [FWD from Cypherpunks]
From: Eric Thomas <ERIC @ SEARN . SUNET . SE>
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 1995 05:08:08 +0200
To: "E. ALLEN SMITH" <EALLENSMITH @ mbcl . rutgers . edu>, Dave Del Torto <ddt @ lsd . com>
Cc: List Managers List <list-managers @ greatcircle . com>
In-reply-to: Message of Sun, 26 Nov 1995 18:27:54 -0800 from list-managers-owner @ GreatCircle . COM

On Sun, 26 Nov 1995 18:27:54 -0800 Dave Del Torto <ddt @
 lsd .
 com> said:

>An excerpt from cud786's "Attention Spammer" article:

Whoever wrote that has no understanding of how e-mail works, how spammers
think and work, or, for that matter, how mailing list managers work. In a
nutshell,  this is  a  non-working proposal  to  eliminate messages  with
forged addresses. Even  if the proposal were technically  sound, it would
do very little to prevent spams. One of the most impopular spammers likes
to  forge headers  to put  a short  advertisement where  people are  most
likely to  see it  before they've  even opened the  message, but  if that
stops working he'll just add 2+2 and use something like:

From:       Call .
 Now .
 For .
 New .
 Low .
 Price%AOL .
 COM @
 PRODIGY .
 COM

Anyway, most of the spams  aren't from forged addresses. LISTSERV catches
5-15 spams a week and most of them do not have forged addresses. In fact,
it's one person sending multiple forged spams every weekend, plus a bunch
of other people sending non-forged spams at various intervals.

  Eric

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