[thelist] Re: Microsoft Security Notices: A Double Standard on Spam?

Kevin Martin evolt at brasscannon.net
Wed Aug 13 15:57:54 CDT 2003

Says here that Arthur Cundy <barnabas311 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> To get the message out about the DCOM vulnerability, Microsoft
> turned to a surprising partner -- known bulk e-mailer Digital
> Impact.

Oh, come on.  When you need to reach 3 million people quickly,
a certain amount of "bulk" is going to be involved.  But was
it unsolicited?  It was supposed to go to Microsoft partners,
MSDN members, and registered customers.

Thing is, people show a shocking lack of imagination and
consideration for domain owners when making up "throwaway"
names -- for instance, I pity the owner of dropdead.com.
So yes, I can see people who didn't really sign up getting
the notice.  In that case, getting them off the list would
be a good thing.

> Even worse, we uncovered some serious flaws in that mail-blast,
> including violations of Microsoft's own policies, and
> surreptitious tracking of users.

So Microsoft shouldn't ever take invalid and undeliverable
addresses off their lists.  Uh, yeah.  Okay.  Damned if
they do, damned if they don't.  Got it.

> Why is Microsoft consorting with Sp at m vendors?

<tip type="Leave evolt out of it">
If YOU got a notice from microsoft.m0.net and it was not sent
to an address that YOU gave Microsoft, you can forward it to
their ISP -- in this case, that would be abuse at globix.com.

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<tip type="spam haters">
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