Re: Challenge-response mail filters considered harmful (was Re: Look at
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On Thu, Aug 07, 2003 at 12:51:33AM +0100, Colin Watson wrote:
> It's arguably a useful (if rude) tactic in news, since, I hypothesize,
> it's much faster for spammers to harvest From: addresses because they're
> usually in the overview file while Reply-To: is not. That makes it a
> matter of downloading an index versus downloading every article.
I did an experiment by posting a temporary account in the From header
in a bunch of different fairly high-traffic, high-spam groups as well
as the ones I regular. Six months later when I remembered I had
started that little experiment, the box was still empty.
This doesn't surprise me at all, though: how many times have you
gotten a spam that starts off "This is a text-only section for people
with older mail readers incapable of viewing HTML" and then leads
right into the HTML spam...
 Yeah, whatever, the current release of OE is *way* older than the
current version of mutt...
.''`. Paul Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
: :' : proud Debian admin and user
`- Debian - when you have better things to do than fix a system
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