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Re: Now the idiots at ORBS are probing random dial-ups

  • From: Barry Shein
  • Date: Tue Aug 22 14:39:42 2000

On August 21, 2000 at 23:52 [email protected] (John Payne) wrote:
 > Don't forget - the main purpose of the RBL is not to block spam... its to
 > educate spam(mers| friendly networks).  If the RBL is blocking lots of mail,
 > then its failed its primary purpose.

The problem is, other than hassling the honest this approach just
doesn't work.

I currently measure around 1,000 open relays PER DAY being used
against us by spammers.

The problem is several orders of magnitude larger than anything like
MAPS' approach can hope to make a dent in. It's like trying to stop
the west nile virus with a flyswatter. Showing the occasional dead
mosquito doesn't quite prove the method is working.

        -Barry Shein

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