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Re: Observation on the recent junk mail flood
On Thu, Aug 21, 2003 at 09:19:56AM -0700, Zack Weinberg wrote:
>Paul Koning <email@example.com> writes:
>>It looks like the problem is that some e-terrorist has sent forged
>>"subscribe" messages to the various lists. And those messages have
>>been accepted because the listserver requires a reply to its "do you
>>really want to subscribe" message but does NOT require any particular
>It's not an e-terrorist, it's an Outlook virus randomly picking from:
>and to: addresses from its address book.
>I do not think any bogus subscriptions actually succeeded.
There have been a few bogus subscription successes but the forged From
autoreplies we're seeing are the vast majority of the problem.
I started bouncing email to gcc.gnu.org with executable attachments at
the [sq]mtp level yesterday. Prior to that, I turned off bounces
to certain classes of "spam", like invalid mime type.
I've been tweaking the filters like mad so that everytime I see YA
variation of "Your email has a virus" in a subject, it is blocked.
It's been an interesting couple of days at gcc.gnu.org...
Please use the resources at cygwin.com rather than sending personal email.
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