Author Archives: RocketScientist

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You write to us from a ticket system, we respond to you, and then you never respond back to us, eventually closing the ticket as nothing further has been heard from “us” on “our issue”.

Hey, that’s okay. We don’t mind your issue with us staying unresolved. But as far as we remember, you started the conversation…

Marketo, an Adobe company

Back in January, a representative of the ESP Marketo attempted to start a delisting discussion by leaving a comment on one of the posts on this website. We declined to discuss the matter in public as we always do.

So, knowing that Marketo is a serious ESP and is generally able to carry out a conversation related to abuse, we sent an email to abuse @ marketo . com quoting the content of the website comment we declined to publish and responding to the points in it, asking for a response.

Nothing until today – when their ticket tracking system was kind enough to inform us of the fact that Marketo Delivery Case #01266633 had been closed.

Five months of nothing and then an auto-ack. Good work.

Scientific Spam 5 years

Scientific Spam IP BL query rates development over the past 5 years

During 2018, we saw a modest 15% growth on the list query rates from 2017 on the IP list. The domain name list more than doubled its queries from 1.5B to over 3 billion over the same period.

As of writing this, there are nearly 8,000 IP listings, of which 2600 are for /24’s and the rest for single IPs. Nearly 4,900 domain names are listed.

Thank you to all who are querying this data. You are the difference between this being just a random blog on the internets and an actual useful resource.

Predatory publishers are The Borg

This just in on the removals email address:

Received: from [] (port=46330 helo=HEIGHPUBS)
by with esmtpa (Exim 4.91)
(envelope-from [email protected])

In other news, Peertechz are using IP ranges to send their mail that had already been listed on our list as belonging exclusively to OMICS. In addition, they have named their box HEIGHPUBS, which is a hallmark of “Heighten Science”.

We rest our case.

Remove Boxtrapper and all other Challenge/Response spam-o-matons


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.

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.

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.