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Re: Extreme spam testing

  • From: Etaoin Shrdlu
  • Date: Mon Dec 22 11:09:39 2003

Chris Brenton wrote:
> Greets again all,
> I noticed something kind of interesting when I made my last post to
> NANOG. I can understand people wanting to do spam checking, but IMHO
> this is a bit excessive and inconsiderate.
> I'm guessing is doing this to everyone who posts to the list,
> so I thought others might want to know about it in case they have not
> noticed it in their own logs. BTW, if you are curious about the
> "spammers_waste_oxygen" portion, that was grabbed off my SMTP banner.

Yep, and see below.

> ***********************************************
> Dec 22 08:21:50 mailgate sendmail[492]: hBMDLnHS000492:
> [] did
> not issue MAIL/EXPN/VRFY/ETRN during connection to MTA
> Dec 22 08:21:50 mailgate sendmail[495]: hBMDLoHS000495:
> ruleset=check_rcpt, arg1=<[email protected]>,
> [], reject=550 5.7.1 <[email protected]>... Relaying

Um, welcome to the world of spam nazis. I hate spammers. I loathe and
despise them. I hate njabl even more. The last time I called their ISP to
complain, I was assured that I must have done something to deserve the
aggressive testing. Well, nope, I didn't, and I don't. They just did it
again, and by "it", I mean that they hit every machine in my little
netblock (I suppose the last post to nanog did it). If they were just
picking on the machine I posted from, it'd annoy me, but I'd get over it.
Why they feel the need to abuse machines that I've NEVER sent email from,
to anywhere, is beyond me.

Sure, I recognize that I'm in a block frequented by clueless wonders (i.e.
DSL), but it isn't dynamic, I've had it for a while now, and it's never
been implicated during the time I've had it. In addition, I think that a
post to nanog should not get such treatment. Isn't it bad enough that
posting to the Full Disclosure mailing list has added to my spam level by a
thousand percent? Sigh. 

Open source should be about giving away things voluntarily. When
you force someone to give you something, it's no longer giving, it's
stealing. Persons of leisurely moral growth often confuse giving with
taking.    -- Larry Wall