Spam is That Which We Don’t Do

In a support conversation with a listee today:

Let me explain it. We are a publisher and we need to send many emails to the authors to invite them to publish articles in our journals. So the emails we sent are not spam at all. Thanks.

Vernon Schryver’s excellent list of spammer excuses is that way. Thank you for playing.

In addition, the Rules of Spam are always pertinent.

CARTOONEY: Velianet, a subsidiary of Go Daddy Software

Velia, on the topic of ScienceDomain International and a few escalation listings, today, after having received a list of 151 Received: lines containing HELO, reverse DNS at the time, and IP that have been sending ScienceDomain Int’l Ltd spam:

Let me get this straight:
You are blacklisting thousands of our customers because of one customer who is „around our network“?
You refuse to de-list obviously innocent customers because we are unable to determine this ominous person?
You refuse to give out the necessary information (time stamp) to solve the case?

Is this correct?
If so, we will forward the issue to our legal department.

Saved for posterity forever on the internets. Go Daddy Software, we’re waiting to hear from your lawyers.

Happy Birthday, Scientific Spam

During 2017, the average daily figures were 5.5M for the IP BL (almost double compared to 2016) and 4M for the domain one (about +50%). There was a major dip on the domain side between September to November, but in December things were already back to normal.

Thank you, as always, to everybody contributing data and to anyone using it.

Don’t be an idiot, don’t lie to us

Owner of listed network to us: “Remove the listing, the network was only assigned to us many months after the listing was created!”

ScientificSpam: *look at WHOIS*… and find that the network was assigned to the requestor two years before the listing was created. In addition, the network assignment even has a name that indicates it having been assigned to the requestor six years before the listing was created, being CC-XXXXX-YYYYMMDD, where CC is the country code, XXXXX is the operator’s name, and there’s a number sequence that looks too much like an YYYY-MM-DD date stamp not to be one.

If you’re hoping to have networks delisted, better invent better reasons than “it wasn’t us” when the facts are trivial to check. Besides, it’s really great to lose your reputation with us this way. We won’t believe you even if you told us water is wet now 😀

Stop Predatory Journals

A community project appears to have started up where Jeffrey Beall left off at predatoryjournals.com. Anyone with a GitHub account can contribute to this work, which ought to make it a little more robust against attacks from Frontiers and anybody else who doesn’t like being exposed for what they are. The project is also on Twitter, although not very actively so. We applaud this, wish the project owners all the best, and recommend that anybody with the time and interest start contributing.

Professor Vincenzo Piuri, Università degli Studi di Milano

We do not support Vincenzo Piuri for IEEE president. We also regret having had to list the IP address and domain name of his alma mater, but that happens when you do not react to complaints of abuse.

The original spam and complaint happened in mid-May 2017.

Repeat spam in earlier today, no responses to the May complaint, so we listed the sending organization.