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    Can spam be canned? III

    The fact that nothing can be done does not stop politicians from trying. Most measures are geared towards making spamming a felony or criminal offense: Virginia has introduced a new law, an european law is in the making, UK spam is already being enforced, australian law too, but it's already being called a damp cefalopod.
    If law does not work, and spam rage neither, what does?
    Probably nothing. Drop email in its present form and start anew.

    2003-12-12 16:06 | 11 Comment(s) | Filed in

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    1
    De: fernand0 Fecha: 2003-12-12 18:04

    Virginia has done something more. Fresh news ;)



    2
    De: JJ Fecha: 2003-12-12 20:54

    Wrong link. What do you mean?



    3
    De: fernand0 Fecha: 2003-12-12 20:56

    sorry, Virginia Arrests Man for Spam Email Under New Law salió en slashdot.



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    De: JJ Fecha: 2003-12-12 20:56

    Yep, I see now from the sources. Well, yes, good. What are they going to do with the korean spammers? Send the marines?
    Most spammers are outlaws anyways. Outlawing them won't make them any more so.



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    De: fernand0 Fecha: 2003-12-12 21:04

    I don't know. I suppose that if each one is able to control its own spammers, she can press another countries to do the same or close/restrict their mailings.

    Anyway, you are true. It's the same criticism we did about the LSSI.



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    De: Epaminondas Pantulis Fecha: 2003-12-12 21:25

    Spam control in the server side is the way to go. What about a "SMTP death penalty" a la Usenet? If a server relays tons of spam, it should be banned from the others.



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    De: JJ Fecha: 2003-12-12 21:28

    fernand0: if a single computer in a single country is ready to send spam, we already have a problem, which might be made more complicated by open relays, trojans and viri.
    EP: Blacklisting does not work either, and it does not punish the really guilty. It's another solution, though.



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    De: Epaminondas Pantulis Fecha: 2003-12-12 22:07

    JJ: There are lots of antispam tools that use standard blacklists. I don't see why my ISP should not be using them. If there was a "email death penalty" any ISP would have to be very careful about the messages it relays...



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    De: JJ Fecha: 2003-12-12 22:09

    I guess ISPs cannot afford to be sued by spammers on "censorship" charges. Or maybe they're just too stupid.



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    De: Epaminondas Pantulis Fecha: 2003-12-12 22:17

    I mean just a contract clause: "The user agrees not to send unsolicited junk email".

    Anyone that tries to send, say, a thousand emails in an hour is clearly a spammer (let's call him a "bulk emailer"), so their messages would be automatically classified as spam (or "bulk email"). The server would delete them, or mark them with a special header before relaying them.



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    De: JJ Fecha: 2003-12-13 00:51

    Most ISP customers are not willing spammers; they are used by spammers who take advantage of their open relay. Of course, that's just legalese: if the contract read "The user agrees not to send, or be used to send unsolicited junk email", that will be taken care of too.



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