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February 15th, 2005

Spiraling Out of Control

I’ve complained here a few times before about spam. And, yeah, I know it’s getting kind of tired to do so. But I just wanted to throw some numbers at you.

My first-line-of-defense spam filter (SpamCop) seemed to be misclassifying a number of non-spam as spam, so on Friday I turned the filtering off and took on the barrage of spam. Between Friday evening and Sunday morning, I had 3,500 messages in my inbox. 3,500.

Yesterday, I checked my SpamCop “held box” and between January 27th and yesterday (excluding the aforementioned 3500 messages), 30,000 messages had been stopped. That’s about 1,900 spam a day, if you count the spam that occasionally makes it past SpamCop.

As I said to Paul yesterday, I wish SpamAssassin was an actual job description… because these guys need to be shot.

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FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday February 15, 2005 -- 9:55:38 am
I hear ya. Last week I thought, on Monday, that I would just let my mailbox's Spam folder build up. I wouldn't touch it, all week, to see how many there would be.

Well, I caved at 150 - and that was just in one day. That was a slow week, too. Silly.



FROM: Dave
DATE: Tuesday February 15, 2005 -- 9:58:28 am
I use spamcop also and I still get a tun of spam that passes through. I wish there was a plugin for outlook that you c ould click on and it woudl classify to spamcop as spam. ALTHOUGH, even when I tell spamcop that and item is spam, I still get it again the next time it comes through.



FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday February 15, 2005 -- 10:10:34 am
The spam counter on my Mailblocks account shows 129,218 spams stopped. That is probably about 50% as I frequently manually empty the spam folder, and those don't get counted. I average about 1200 in the spam folder that is set to hold mail for 4 days before deleting. 1200/4 equals 300 per day.

With the exception of 1 address that gets delivered, all mail to odonnellweb gets forwarded to mailblocks. If the sender is on the white list it comes through - otherwise it is challenged and blocked. I do skim the spam folder a couple of times a week looking for good mail. I rarely find anything important that has been blocked.

My webhost uses Spam Assasain, and it looks like it correctly tags well over 95% of the spam.



FROM: jk
DATE: Tuesday February 15, 2005 -- 10:16:53 am
3500? Good grief!



FROM: Heather
DATE: Tuesday February 15, 2005 -- 10:31:21 am
For awhile I lived happily without too much spam (except the heavily forwarded joke messages from my mom and husband's uncle ). Now I get about 50 + that go to my suspect email folder. I don't even bother to check my Known Spam folder. What really bugs me is that some jerks are using my email address as the from address.



FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday February 15, 2005 -- 11:15:19 am
What really bugs me is that some jerks are using my email address as the from address.

I had that same issue, Heather... first it was a set of Turkish spammers that were always using my address which resulted in way too many bounced messages coming to me (maybe they knew I was watching The Turkish Star Wars). Now, it happens every few weeks where I'll get a barrage of bounced messages from someone who's forged the from line.



FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday February 15, 2005 -- 11:25:26 am
I wish SpamAssassin was an actual job description...

Just tell me where to apply!



FROM: jk
DATE: Tuesday February 15, 2005 -- 1:04:36 pm
Here's a good debate: which is worse, telemarketers or spam?



FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday February 15, 2005 -- 2:44:53 pm
I can't remember the last time we got a call from a telemarketer. Verizon bugged me for a while last year, until I finally told them that I have multiple Verizon services and that I would cancel one everytime they called me. I haven't heard from them since :)



FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday February 15, 2005 -- 2:56:21 pm
Here's a good debate: which is worse, telemarketers or spam?

For me, spam. Our number's not listed in the phone book and I only give out our home number when it's absolutely required (I usually use a 1-800 voice mail number I have which scares people away when they hear "Hi, you've reached laze.net...")



FROM: dave
DATE: Tuesday February 15, 2005 -- 4:52:38 pm
The real question, though, is what costume would the SpamAssassin wear?



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