Bouncebacks: The Hidden Cost of Spam

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by ronjor, Apr 27, 2006.

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  1. ronjor

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    This creates a nasty dilemma for email administrators - bouncebacks can be disabled but then that means legitimate errors (e.g. someone spelling an email address incorrectly) then go unreported.

    This problem also affects challenge-response systems (which send their challenges to innocent third parties), mailing lists (with subscription notices) and any auto-responders (vacation messages, receipt acknowledgements, etc).

    The solution is to check email headers to identify the real source of the message and to discard any where it does not match the domain of the From: field. Another option would be to junk any incoming messages that are identified as spam.

    The optimum solution though is to inflict severe physical damage on spammers. This tactic is wasting millions of man-hours globally for users, administrators and support staff and in terms of damage to society, easily places spammers at the top of the criminal league.
     
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