This is something we have discussed before…
If we listed you because of the backscatter, and you write in to ask for it to be removed, and we receive a C/R so that our reply would be delivered to you…
That’s just wrong.
We won’t click on it. You won’t receive our reply, and the conversation will never proceed, and you will not be delisted. But that’s OK – the support conversation we just attempted to have with you actually proved the validity of our listing once again.
Challenge/response is spam. Stop it.
Apologies to all whose email has either been eaten silently or explicitly rejected. It took us a moment to notice that our service provider had ceased to provide email forwarding services as of October 1 and to re-establish forwarding through another means. We’re back on track. If you sent any email after October 1 and haven’t had a response, please resend.
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.
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.
Just a quick note to thank you all. Last year the daily figures were in the two million range for the IP DNSBL. We’re seeing slightly over double that these days. The domain name list is being queried even a little more than that, and the trend is clearly a growing one. Monthly totals are approximately 120M for both these days, in January and February.
Thank you to everybody querying the list.
We don’t know who you are. We have no way to find out, and no wish to, either. It is enough that it is happening. We’ll let the figures speak for themselves, and we thank you all for your support.
Attention all cPanel users.
These posts are about ten years old, yet we still keep receiving boxtrapper spam.
We list it as spam. False accusations about forged sender addresses having sent spam are the only type of spam we list that isn’t Scientific Spam proper. This software (these types of software, including Spam Arrest, misconfigured amavisd-new, etc.) should simply not exist at all.
We started the operation on March 4, 2014, so it has been two years and a day. Thank you all who are listening and who are helping.
Adoption seems to be picking up. At the moment, daily lookups are in the two million range for
bl.scientificspam.net and slightly over three million for
rhsbl.scientificspam.net. During all of 2015 the RHSBL fielded 400M requests and the BL about 175M. In comparison, the monthly totals for January and February 2016 were 100M/month for RHSBL and 50M/month for BL, so we will be surpassing our 2015 figures by the end of April.
We appreciate the trust you are placing in us.
With love from The Internets, Rocket Scientists
This might seem like an obvious thing to say, but here goes anyway. It recently occurred to us to look at what are all the target addresses any given Scientific Spammer is hitting on our traps. What started out as a meager collection measuring maybe a few dozen has quickly gone into the several hundreds this way – identifying new LHS in existing SciSpam trap domains and completely new addresses at new domains that are receiving any materials from known senders of SciSpam. 🙂
We fired up the list on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. It’s been an interesting year.
A while back, we opened up a bunch of new spamtraps and the flood has taken us by surprise. Some of these are spamming so intensely that they have even caught the attention of the 800 pound gorilla. Most of our subjects do not reach this level of spamming activity, however, which is why we plan to continue to exist.