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Incoming email trouble

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.

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 😀

Challenge/response backscatter is spam in itself

Attention all cPanel users.

https://www.soho-uk.com/whmcs/knowledgebase.php?action=displayarticle&id=134

http://forums.jaguarpc.com/news-announcements/14285-boxtrapper-challenge-response.html

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.

So much more Scientific Spam!

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. 🙂