Re: Lots of (easily recognisible) spam sent to the BTS today
On Tue, 31 Oct 2006, Bruce Sass wrote:
> On Tue October 31 2006 21:15, Anthony DeRobertis wrote:
> > Bruce Sass wrote:
> > > I have yet to see a spam message sent to the BTS which used a
> > > "Package:" pseudoheader, so that should work to eliminate BTS spam
> > > without preventing non-DD's helping out.
> > OTOH, a /lot/ of legitimate mail is sent to the BTS w/o a Package:
> > pseudo-header (think: pretty much anything to
> > firstname.lastname@example.org). So this isn't really a solution.
> I don't think that disqualifies it as a solution, it just means there
> would be a transition period while users learn that it is a required
> part of messages sent to the BTS.
It has all of the same types of problems as sender verification
anti-spam techniques; increasing the number of hoops that users have
to hop through decreases the likelihood of them actually reporting
Decreasing the score at which we ignore messages is trivial, but it
means increasing the number of false positives. [And because
backscatter is bad, these will be messages which just "disappear",
unless some (massochistic) person actually goes through the spam
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