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Spammers must correct their wrongdoing


From a BBC News article a few days ago (24 March 08) :"China is investigating a spam attack after almost half of China's mobile phone users received unwanted text messages from advertisers. Text messages were sent to more than 200 million mobile phone users through China Mobile and its smaller rival China Unicom. China's authorities said the spammers must 'correct their wrongdoing'.

"China Mobile earlier apologized for loopholes that allowed the spread of spam text messages. It has vowed to block text messages originating from seven online advertising firms, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. We urge parties concerned to beef up self-scrutiny to correct their wrongdoing, which is profit driven in defiance of public interests," said deputy head of the State Council Office for Rectifying Malpractice, Liu Yue."

I've had spam on the brain all day today. Starting Sunday evening, we came under a combined directory harvest attack and an NDR or Non-Delivery Receipt attack. Our spam filter could do nothing about these bogus NDRs because we normally allow all NDRs in. We want our users to know when they have a bounced e-mail. However, in this case the only solution was to start blocking all NDR's on the SMTP gateway.

There is nothing more frustrating than trying to explain to a busy, non-technical executive why our spam filter (Commtouch) could not block these NDRs. I wrote about this in my last post but in the mind of the exec, there is no difference between a bogus NDR and spam. He wants it blocked and he wants it blocked now! Fine. We went back to the old keyword filter technology. Now ALL NDRs are being blocked - bad and good.

Maybe we should do like the Chinese government and put out a press release like the one quoted above in the BBC article. Make those nasty spammers take notice that profit-driven activities in defiance of public interests will not be tolerated and must be corrected. Our incoming e-mail has increased to 100,000 pieces per day. We have received 2.2 million in the last thirty days. 98% of e-mail in our company is blocked spam!

How would you like to have a job title like Deputy Head of the State Council Office for Rectifying Malpractice?

11 comments
BALTHOR
BALTHOR

I'll give them five dollars for every bullet that they turn in too!

LocoLobo
LocoLobo

Sorry but does that ever work? As to titles, we used to have a Mismanager, er, MIS Manager here. :)

$dunk$
$dunk$

I for one, would love it if China decided to mobilize their IT army to *take out* the spammers. At least I know they have the guts to do it.

santeewelding
santeewelding

Fewer than a half dozen public beheadings at both ends of a botnet may have an effect. May work for a number of public maladies. It's very old-fashioned, very inspirational, but nowadays very impolitically correct.

Locrian_Lyric
Locrian_Lyric

BUt.... They'd likely destroy all members of any botnet as well.

Locrian_Lyric
Locrian_Lyric

I'm CONSTANTLY cleaning up Malware from his machine.

RFink
RFink

I'm sure thats how it'll feel about it. That'll teach those users to have infected machines. :) :D Of course if it works...

tmalonemcse
tmalonemcse

I had to laugh at this quote from the China's "deputy head of the State Council Office for Rectifying Malpractice," Liu Yue. What a title! Read the post: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/techofalltrades/?p=135 After fighting a monstrous NDR spam attack over the past three days, we finally had to block all NDRs using good old fashioned keyword filtering. Not what I wanted to do, but it seemed to be the only solution. Can't we just be like China and tell all these spammers to "correct their profit-driven wrongdoing which is in defiance of public interests?"

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

would the deputy head please ask malware authors to stop writing malicious software? I'm sure if he asked nicely, they'd stop. My @ss.

Locrian_Lyric
Locrian_Lyric

we had china's implied option of correcting the spammers wrongdoing for them.