[thechat] conspiracy theory?: spam created to sell more anti spam software?[OT?]

Martin Burns martin at easyweb.co.uk
Thu Apr 8 04:06:34 CDT 2004

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On 7 Apr 2004, at 17:56, deacon wrote:

> On 7 Apr 2004 at 0:22, Alex Beston wrote:
>> im getting the feelling that the makers of anti spam solutions are in
>> cohorts with the peddlers themselves. a tentative contection  i admit,
>> but is there something in it? those software dealers are certainly
>> getting in the luca!
> Everybody's claiming that spamming is almost free to do, and is highly
> profitable. It's not. It's cheaper to reach people with an ad in USA
> Today than to send spam.

These days, it's much cheaper still to use an army of virus infected 
zombie PCs with back doors and mini SMTP servers to send spam.

> I'm thinking that I want to start using an email address that is hooked
> to an autoresponder. When users mail to it, they get back the URL of a
> page where they can enter a message on a form. They'll have to type
> in a code word which appears in the form of a GIF.
> Regular correspondents would be assigned an address ONLY they
> use, such as "from_aunt_bessie at master.gen.in.us" which bypasses
> the autoresponder.


> But how you make a solution like that work with YahooGroups or
> TheChat? I dunno. There needs to be a filter, I guess, so that I can 
> let
> certain IPs mail to that address, while everyone else gets the
> autoresponder.

Simple whitelisting.

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