More Spam

Is it just me or has the volume of spam been increasing lately? I just finished processing this weekends accumulated spam. My usual routine is to track down the origin address (and the spammer’s real address if a URL is provided in the spam). I pass the origin IP to ORBS where I usually find out that it’s a known open relay – though once in a while I get lucky and report one that hasn’t been discovered yet. I then prepare a standard issue NCC nastygram for the the postmasters at the origin site which gets cc’ed to everybody involved up to the nearest tier-1 provider. In rare cases I’ve been able to get a verifiable business address and file an online report with the BBB or FTC. Like most government agencies, the BBB and FTC have so far not been able to do anything other than generate and file paper work.

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