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Re: Recent spam increase

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Vincent Lefevre wrote:
> On 2006-10-26 19:34:49 -0400, Mark Grieveson wrote:
>> DENY=^Subject:.*v..agra
> You may reject legitimate mail, in particular because . can replace
> anything including a space (in French, "agra" is contained in
> "agrandir", which is a very common word -- I don't know about
> English words that contain "agra").

I have decided to stay with the list - I thank people for being

As for stopping spam, as we have recently seen, word lists are not going
to be the answer, since spammers are now using images - I am sure that
with some work, the images could be scanned, but that would probably
take a lot of processor time and memory.  To continue on the word lists
issue - using partial words would, as Vincent correctly pointed out,
reject many valid emails.

Unfortunately, I think the only answer to spam is a class action lawsuit
- - or an International one against the people who are getting rich off
these messages.  I'll bet that most legitimate Internet Service/Access
Providers would join as plaintiffs, since this massive amount of spam
wastes their bandwidth and costs them money (spam filters, bandwidth
that could be used for legitimate purposes, etc.).  If you hit the top
spammers in the pocketbook - hard, it *may* slow down, and if you hit
them hard enough to drive them out of business, it will stop.  I don't
know if this has been tried before, but I seem to recall single ISPs
suing spammers and winning.



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