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Re: failure notice (about relays.osirusoft.com)

On Mon, Aug 19, 2002 at 11:43:47AM +1000, Jason Lim wrote:
> In fact, if you block all of Asia altogether, you might get a lot less
> because USA spammers abusing Asian networks and servers won't get
> their spam to you.

you still don't get it.

while it's true that a lot of the spam that comes from asian mail
servers is ultimately sourced from US spammers, that's basically

an open relay is an open relay regardless of what continent it's on and
regardless of who is abusing it.  if it's an open relay it SHOULD be

if you really want to do something to help resolve the problem, then
educate your countrymen about why running an open relay is a bad idea.
get them to understand the problem and DO something about it.  that will
be far more productive and effective than simply whining about various
RBLs on mailing lists and newsgroups.

ditto for spamhaus black-listings.  spamhaus IP addresses should be
blacklisted regardless of where they are and who is using them.

> But then, you would also get no legit mail from Asia at all. Maybe
> thats acceptable to you, maybe not.

it's the same price you pay for using ANY open relay blacklist.  the
fact that it's an asian mail server makes no difference...legitimate
mail will be rejected from a listed open relay along with spam,
regardless of what continent the open relay server is on.


craig sanders <cas@taz.net.au>

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