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Re: What's going on?

  • Date: Thu Apr 17 22:52:12 1997

> I've encountered some anti-spammers who would do half-
> assed investigations, declare an ISP guilty, then
> spread the word on private mailing lists shared
> by all sorts of hackers, who are apparently looking
> for an excuse to have fun and feel good about it.
> Despite our policy of not allowing spams from our
> network, we were labeled spammer friendly not too
> long ago and a minor break-in happened the same
> night. Just speculating, too.
> Sanjay.
Tell me about it.  In the course of today's activities, I
learned that one of our users with a small commercial web site
on one of our servers spammed the net from an account on 
another ISP.  The spam contained a pointer to his URL on 
our server.

Some of the mail seems to be holding us partially culpable
for the spam.  I'm happy to report that the other ISP is taking
action against the spam complaint, but I don't know of any
interpretation of Netiquette that condemns commercial WWW sites.
I don't know that I'd favor an abuse policy that encompasses
WWW sites, even if they are listed elsewhere in spam mailings,
but if there's a reasonable policy out there that contemplates
this type of situation, I'd love to know how it reads.

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