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opinions on spam
The History of Spam
of spam It's really the Etymology of "spam".
- Here's the famous Monty
Python sketch. You can even listen to That Word.
- How I
Invented Cyberspam How Chip Rosenthal started to fix Usenet
Spam that started it all" by Wired News.
In 1994, two lawyers posted an advertisement to 6,000 news groups....
Some of us remember the 'jj' spam from a few years before that,
but it was the notorious "Green Card Spam" which started
Spammer Is On The Verge Of Bankruptcy (24 Oct 96) Cyberpromo
delenda est! And it was.
Promo v. AOL - Court Order (4 Nov 96), which is discussed
Factory's Junk E-Mail Gets Stamped. And finally in April
1998, the "King
of Spam" retires.
- Pete Moss's SPAM-News
Media Archives from 1995 to 1997. To get current SPAM News
articles, you can also subscribe to Pete's mailing list from
- A Short
History of the Internet by Bruce Sterling.
Written in 1992, this is a short history of the first 23 years
of the net.
The time Before Spam, when you could publish your email
address in safety.
- Brad Templeton has supplied a
history of the
term 'spam', which includes an example of the very first spam, from
way back in 1978.
The lighter side
You can learn from laughter - and sometimes you just have
to lighten up before going back into the battle.
Service providers on spam
- Panix Public Access Networks on filtering
unsolicited mass e-mail.
One ISP's implementation of site-wide e-mail filters which customers
can choose whether or not to use.
- ReplyNet's position on Unsolicited
An Internet-based business' take on unsolicited e-mail and Internet
- Wolf's Den Educational Services e-mail
An Internet site takes steps to prevent address harvesting by
spammers trying to build up mailing lists.
- WaveOne Communications explains to CAUCE
exactly why public relations company site
has been nuked PERMANENTLY.
Related Usenet and other FAQs
on Usenet: How To Do It, How Not To Do It
- Discussion of acceptable and unacceptable ways to advertise
Posted to news.announce.newusers, news.admin.misc, misc.entrepreneurs,
- Biz Newsgroup FAQ.
- Why not to post ads to biz.* newsgroups
of Internet Advertisers
- One suggested boycott list
Posted every 3-4 weeks to news.admin.net-abuse.misc, comp.mail.misc,
out fake E-Mail & Posts or in slightly more readable
form at alt.spam
- Spotting forged mail and news headers
Posted monthly to alt.2600, alt.spam, alt.current-events.net-abuse,
- General primer on Net abuse and spam
Posted three times a month in news.admin.net-abuse.misc, news.admin.net-abuse.announce,
Spam Team FAQ
- Details of one specific ongoing denial of service attack
Posted monthly in ca.usenet, la.news, la.general, alt.bbs.internet,
alt.internet.services, news.admin.net-abuse.announce, misc.news.internet.announce,
The Newsgroup Care Cancel Cookbook
- How you can cancel spam off individual newsgroups
using the simplest of means: a home pc and certain newsreaders,
and *sound* knowledge.
- SPAM-L FAQ
- What is SPAM-L? A mailing list dedicated to "Spam prevention
Now read the FAQ to find out more.
Best Current Practice for combating Unsolicited Bulk Email
- A standard setting out recommended practices for ISPs, covering
such issues as relaying, traceability of email, report handling
and user education, plus a useful glossary.
The LINX (London Internet Exchange) is the non-profit partnership
which operates the major UK Internet exchange point.
- Sam Spade, Spam hunter
THE place to start when trying to track down a spam site
that spammer! A tool for tracking down junk e-mailers and
- SpamCop - File a spam report
Paste in your spam (with full headers) and file a report to the
right places automatically.
- Mail Filtering
and Robots Filtering mail, running a mailing list, and other
things you need to know about mail, from Infinite Ink. Includes
recommended tools and services.
- Cancelmoose[tm] Home Page
- includes information about NoCeM, a personal Usenet-filtering
- Usenet newsgroup news.admin.net-abuse.announce
- Robert Braver's Spam
Page - reports from a Usenet spam canceller
- Fred Elbel's page on junk
mail, telemarketing and spam.
- Lindsay Haisley's Spam
Patrol - good material on spam tracking and reporting
- Stop Junk
Email John C. Rivard's Campaign to Stop Junk Email, with
Animated logo, lots of advice and lots of further links.
Some of the news is a bit out of date now
- ANONYMOUS SURFING
Use this to check out web sites you don't trust
- CIAC Computer Security Web
Site Much useful information about security threats of all
sorts, including I-005:
E-Mail Spamming countermeasures
- Also from CIAC - Internet
Hoaxes: PKZ300, Irina, Good Times, Deeyenda, Ghost One to
refer to when you get that letter telling you something that
EVERYONE will want to know ... before you pass it on
Free Web Sites Logos
- The Campaign
to Stop Junk Email
Might Be An Anti-Spam Kook If... is a listing of various reasons
many "Final Ultimate Solutions to the Spam Problem" are bogus.
- A movie on stopping spam.
Spam Digraphs is an article on detection of the random letter strings that
are often used by spammers to track who replies to them.
- Eric Raymond's Jargon
- In addition, David Sorkin provides links to many of the Acceptable
use policies of Internet service
Other anti-spam sites
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