Monday, December 05, 2005

Getting tough with SPAM

I can deal with SPAM sent to webmaster@eclipse.org. That box gets over 1,000 e-mails per day - some of it is from the eclipse.org servers, some from the committers and the community, and most of it is garbage. But the abuse is getting out of hand:

- sending junk to every mailing list (SPAM gets rejected, but some lists bounce to webmaster)
- sending junk to the mailing list owners (most of the time that goes to webmaster)
- sending e-mail to a list (knowing it will bounce) but using webmaster as the "sender" (or some other eclipse.org address)
- sending e-mail to a list (knowing it will bounce) but using someone at Amazon (or any other domain) as the "sender" - this results in massive mailbombs to (domain) saying "You must subscribe to the list ..."

Something needed to be done -- so I enabled tougher restrictions on senders and recipients, and I enabled BlackLists. We didn't do this in the past because we didn't want to risk missing any e-mails, but we can't afford to go on like this in the e-mail unfriendly world that we know.

If your DNS isn't configured properly, or if you're on the same network as a spammer who's listed on a blacklist, your e-mail may be rejected. It's unfortunate, but that's the world of Internet e-mail.

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