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Re: getting viruses/spam after posting to this list

On Thu, Oct 16, 2003 at 02:33:18PM +0200, Jan Schulz wrote:
| Hallo!
| * Paul Johnson <baloo@ursine.ca> wrote:
| [swen]
| > Please report these just like spam (just remember you have to do it by
| > hand and not via spamcop).  I've been approaching 75% kill rate thanks
| > to cooperative ISPs.
| Not everybody is online all the time. I've disabled my 'non local' SA
| tests and I would pay too much for downloading all the swen crap
| (-> Mailfilter). Sorry...

You could still report those without downloading the data.  I don't
know if Mailfilter can do the job, but the POP3 protocol allows you to
download just the headers without the body of the message.  Doing
that, then deleteing the message on the server would allow you to
obtain the necessary information to report the virus.

I have sufficient bandwidth, and I find it simplest to discard any MS
executable.  What I don't have is time to manually inspect the headers
of each of the 300+ copies of swen I receive each day and report them.

Paul is welcome to keep reporting the stuff he gets (say, if you want
I'll redirect all the copies I get to you instead of the bit bucket)
and it's great that it appears to be so effective for him.  I think
the best impetus will come when the less technologically adept masses
complaining (since they have to manually delete all the junk) and
discontinue service or switch to an ISP with better service.  Then
businesses will (eventually) react to the change in the marketplace.
Since the propagation of Windows and the complacency of ISPs is driven
by money, if the people paying the money complain then the businesses
will have to respond in order to maintain business.  It is the
non-geek masses who are hurt the most by these levels of junk because
geeks like myself rarely see any of it.


A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son,
and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
        Proverbs 17:2

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