[The purpose of this note is to change your thinking about Spam]
Enormous amounts of this so-called "spam" is nothing of the sort, it
is malicious people using mail ports to conduct denial of service
attacks. And the sooner we wake up to this fact the better.
We need a new word for this and to publicize this new
attitude. Because as soon as someone says "spam" all that comes to
mind is a Sanford Wallace type pathetically trying to make a buck with
annoying advertising, and people (in particular law enforcement) just
won't give "annoying advertising" a moment's thought.
But I assert that we're dealing with crime and criminals here who
aren't selling anything.
Look at the several consecutive log entries attached below ("Spamf"
and "PATMATCH" mean the msg was blocked by our spam filters.)
We're receiving about *30,000* of these per day, non-stop, full-blast,
every few seconds, for days.
The fact that not one of these is getting past our filters doesn't
seem to discourage this person, not even over a period of days.
The network address of the mail relay source has been hacked (notice
how it changes with every msg), the address ("firstname.lastname@example.org") is
phony and forged. This person has gone to great length to hide their
identity and to make it difficult to block them at the router level.
Blocking the message itself is relatively easy, but I don't think they
care, just so long as they can hammer at your mail port day and night.