[ALUG] Huge increase in spam

Laurie Brown laurie at brownowl.com
Thu Oct 26 09:33:42 BST 2017

On 25/10/17 22:51, steve-ALUG at hst.me.uk wrote:
> On 25/10/17 13:55, Laurie Brown wrote:
>> On 25/10/17 11:08, steve-ALUG at hst.me.uk wrote:
>>> Occasionally, I report spam I have received to SpamCop.  If you're not
>>> familiar with it, Spamcop takes your spam and works out who really sent
>>> it.  It then sends a report to the ISP of whoever sent it.  The report
>>> tries to anonymise you.  The theory is that if you complain to the ISP,
>>> genuine spammers will get shut down, and people with
>>> compromised/infected machines will be LARTed.  It's a "long-game" sort
>>> of option - it won't have an immediate effect, but may result in less
>>> spam for everyone in the future.  Pros and cons - if spammers work out
>>> who reported them, they might then avoid you because you report them,
>>> but on the flip side, they might try to punish you or think this is a
>>> confirmed live email address - let's use it.
>> I've never heard of that: thanks for the heads-up. I'll look into it.
> https://www.spamcop.net/
> Create an account (free).
> Login.  You're taken to a report spam page, but at the top it says
> Forward your spam to: submit.SOMEUNIQUENUMBER at spam.spamcop.net. That's
> your unique reporting address.
> I then select all the spams I want to report, forward as an attachment
> to that address.
> A short while later, spamcop then sends you one email for each spam.  In
> each email is a report link.  Click on the link and it displays who it
> thinks the sender was, who their ISP is, and relevant ISP if they're
> advertising a product and other detected IP addresses or ISPs.  It
> preselects who it thinks you should report to, but you can override it
> if you want.  You can add extra info (a description) if you want.  If
> some of your email comes through a trusted relay, make sure you don't
> report that relay!
> As you have to do a page for each spam it can take a while so I tend to
> use if for the most annoying or offensive spam.
> If you're happy, "report" it.  Occasionally you may get a message back
> from an ISP acknowledging the the spam report.
> Spamcop also run a RBL generated as a result of these spam reports. I
> believe they're trustworthy, but I don't use their RBL.
> Steve

Many thanks for that; I think I'll have a go when I next have a clear out.

As it happens, I *do* use their RBL!

Cheers, Laurie.

                               Laurie Brown
                           laurie at brownowl.com

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