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Re: Denial of Service Attacks disguised as Spam...
> > > [The purpose of this note is to change your thinking about Spam] > > Enormous amounts of this so-called "spam" is nothing of the sort, it > is malicious people using mail ports to conduct denial of service > attacks. And the sooner we wake up to this fact the better. > > We need a new word for this and to publicize this new > attitude. Because as soon as someone says "spam" all that comes to > mind is a Sanford Wallace type pathetically trying to make a buck with > annoying advertising, and people (in particular law enforcement) just > won't give "annoying advertising" a moment's thought. Good point. Perhaps the best analogies for the law types are the junk-faxing laws. It's outsiders maliciously consuming a particular resource. > The fact that not one of these is getting past our filters doesn't > seem to discourage this person, not even over a period of days. Yeah, but the person sending them may not be able to tell that they're not getting through. > I don't believe this person is actually selling anything. > > Can I repeat that? > > I DON'T BELIEVE THIS PERSON IS ACTUALLY SELLING ANYTHING > Out of curiosity, have you looked at the content of the message? It's interesting that this may be a DoS attack, where there are other things one can do to try and deny service. (Although, setting up somebody else's mail server to repeatedly connect is in fact a pretty legit DoS in and of itself...) > We're being fooled, we're allowing criminals to operate without > challenge. > > -- > -Barry Shein > Are they criminals? I don't know if I want to get into a debate about "criminal" vs. "doing something nasty that's not been declared illegal". Either way, I agree that there should be moved to curb this sort of repeated contact, whether it's a deliberate attack or not. eric