Tag: blacklist

SpamCop fills the paddy-wagon

And again, its GMail users in the shackles. SpamCop recently added several Gmail servers to its blacklist. The reason: some spam came from those servers, and Google doesn’t pass the originating IP address of the email user. They prefer instead to push their own IP in place of the standard “X-Originating-IP” header line delivered from competing webmail providers, so SpamCop added the whole server(s).

I am not sure what Google’s beef over privacy is here, but it makes little sense to me.

Time For Personal Blacklists?

I can’t really add much to Techdirt’s opinion on what is and isn’t spam – it is in fact a matter of perception.

But the underlying problem regarding blacklists does deserve some elaboration. When a blacklist adds a record because of just a few complaints, legitimate mailers to legitimate opt-in customers do get hurt. Unfortunately, the everyday Joe has neither the time, inclination, nor skills to manage a personal blacklist (whether it is implemented directly or by their email service provider). The issue deserves additional attention, I’m just not sure who is the right one for the job.

MS phishing blacklist makes me wonder

As part of its anti-phishing romp (deemed suitable only for US customers, of course), Microsoft is going to be blacklisting websites deemed shady. Which brings up an interesting question – how is such a nice gesture going to be implemented?

If Microsoft stores all these sites themselves, then you have to call on Microsoft every time you surf. Which means Microsoft gets a nice little picture of all your browsing habits, whether you go to check your VISA bill or arbitrarily hit “www.IAMGOINGTOSTEALALLYOURMONEY.com.” If the boys in Redmond pass the blacklist on to you, refreshing every time a new scam site pops up on the list (which is about once every tenth of a millisecond), then you are going to need a bigger hard drive.

Does MAPS need a guidedog?

According to spammers, the folks who run RBLs (Real Time Blackhole Lists) are terrorists lurking in the shadows, pouncing on unsuspecting small internet merchants, and blocking the IP addresses of entire continents at the drop of a hat. That just isn’t true, but it also doesn’t mean that RBLs won’t ever need some checks and balances either.

Permission-based blocking via personal whitelists

There are certainly some major advantages to having a personal whitelist working for you. After it has been properly configured, you can be fairly certain the volume of spam is going to drop. But getting it configured can be an ongoing job, particularly in the spoof-a-thon world we live in now.