[thechat] Bouncing Spam

Tony Crockford tonyc at boldfish.co.uk
Wed Dec 10 14:18:25 CST 2003

On Wed, 10 Dec 2003 08:45:32 -0500, Jorah Lavin <madstone at madstone.net> 

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Tony Crockford" <tonyc at boldfish.co.uk>
>> My experience with mailwasher and bouncing spam suggests (not proven) 
>> that
>> bouncing spam results in more spam.
> I'll back you on that, Tony. I am going to be deleting mailwasher from my
> system this morning... aside from the actual increase in spam since I've
> been using it, it is a buggy mess.

I'm still using it, but set to delete and blacklist only, rather than 
bounce as well.

it just occurred to me that it wouldn't be such a daft idea for spammers 
to autorespond to bounces with more spam, given that a lot of addresses 
just blackhole rather than bounce the implication is that a bounced 
address is protected by a spam filter!

As I've never kept track I have no idea if I'm getting repeat spam, just 
loads of it...

Getting a bit technical, so here's a poem as a tip:


All that once was, will be.
All that will be, once was.
All that is lost, will be found.
All that is found, will be lost.
We know time passes...
		...No time passes

(c) 2000 Tony Crockford

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