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Re: [SLUG] Spam - how to handle it.
- To: Sydney Linux Users Group <slug@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Spam - how to handle it.
- From: Jeff Waugh <jdub@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat Feb 24 02:21:01 2001
- User-agent: Mutt/1.3.15i
<quote who="Ken Yap">
> >I received a dunny-load of spam today (more than normal), and was wondering
> >how other users handle it automatically.
> Get a new email address.
Hahaha. "Do you Yahoo?" ;)
Jon, there's a few things you can do to squeeze out some of that SPAM. I use
most of these every day, so they're not airy-fairy voodoo.
1) RBL. One dumbarse with an open relay can be a frustration to everyone, so
the RBL is an effective way of taking them 'off the road'. It's like
taking the wheels of a dangerous driver's car. :)
You'll notice that SLUG is filtered on the server for RBL'ed machines if
you look at the full headers some time. Instead of simply blocking these
emails, we add an X-RBL header, so everyone else can decide whether to
filter. It's a tough call, because a lot of the people on the list have
to use telco-numbnuts mail relays.
I drop these into my trash, but do find a lot of SLUG stuff in there.
2) Imaginative procmail. http://www.linuxbrit.co.uk/downloads/dot.procmailrc
3) Identifiable aliases. If you configure your MTA to recognise + addresses
(such as jdub+linuxexpo2001@xxxxxxxxx), you can work out who's sending
you what, and when you get on spam lists. Filter or /dev/null those
Usually it's just fun to find out who the scammers are.
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