>the ethics office doesn't need to see your complaints, they don't really
>deal with these anyway.
I am quite sure that the ethics department does not deal with spam
complaints. My complaint is that your stated policy is clearly not being
followed. MCI is currently the Number 1 spam source on many lists-
certainly, your overall size skews that figure somewhat, but the listings I
see (on the SBL anyway, I do not have the many hours needed to read all the
documentation SPEWS has to offer) have reports that are at least 6 months
old and are still alive...
The sbl lists quite a few /32 entries, while this is nice for blocking
spam if you choose to use their RBL service I'm not sure it's a good
measure of 'spamhaus size'. I'm not sure I know of a way to take this
measurement, but given size and number if IPs that terminate inside AS701
there certainly are scope issues.
All that said, I'm certainly not saying "spam is good", I also believe
that over the last 4.5 years uunet's abuse group has done quite a few good
things with respect to the main spammers.
As an example, I see a posting that says emailtools.com was alive on
184.108.40.206 in 2000. They aren't there any more... But now:
[me@host]$ telnet mail.emailtools.com 25
Connected to mail.emailtools.com.
Escape character is '^]'.
Sure, customer of a customer we got emailtools.com kicked from their
original 'home' now they've moved off (probably several times since 2000)
to another customer. This happens to every ISP, each time they appear we
start the process to disconnect them. I'm checking on the current status
of their current home to see why we have either: 1) not gotten complaints
about them, 2) have not made progress kicking them again.
> > >curious, why did you not send this to the abuse@ alias?
> > I wanted it to get read.
>messages to abuse@ do infact get read...
Allow me to rephrase- I wanted it to be read and hoped someone would act on
complaints. I have no doubt MCI is serious about stopping DDOS and other
abusive traffic of that ilk- when it comes to proxy hijacking and spamming,
though, abuse@ turns a blind eye. What other conclusion can I draw from the
This is not true, the action might not happen in the time you'd like, but
there are actions being taken. I'd be the first to admit that the
timelinees are lengthy but part of that is the large company process,
getting all the proper people to realize that this abuse is bad and the
offendors need to be dealt with.
200ish SBL entries under MCI's name? Why else would emailtools.com(for
example) still be around despite their wholesale raping of misconfigured
emailtools will be around in one form or another, all the owner must do is
purchase 9$ virtual-hosting from some other poor ISP out there who needs
the money... they may not even know who emailtools is, if that ISP is a
uunet/mci customer then we'll have to deal with them as well, just like
their current home. you must realize you can't just snap your fingers and
make these things go away.
All I want is a couple of straight-up answers. Why do complaints to uunet
go unanswered and the abusers remain connected if, in fact, the complaints
I believe you do get an answer, if not the auto-acks are off still from a
previous mail flood ;( Please let me know if you are NOT getting ticket
numbers back. They might be connected still if there were:
1) not enough info in the complaints to take action on them
2) not enough complaints to terminate the account, but working with the
downstream to get the problem resolved
3) action is awaiting proper approvals.
There might be a few more steps things could be in, but in general all
complaints that have proper/actionable info are dealt with.
are read? Why has MCI gone from 111 SBL listings as of January 1 to 190 as
I think the answer is shifting winds in spammer homelands, I'll look
through the list and see if we know about the problem children in the list
and what we are doing about them.
If I am a kook and an idiot for wanting a cleaner internet, well then I
guess I am a kook and an idiot.
not for that, just for taking this up in the wrong place... but people
call me kooky too, so maybe I'm just skewed.