From: "Dirk Bruere"
Subject: Re: More virus
Date: Wed, 9 Oct 2002 17:52:03 +0100
Reply-To: "Dirk Bruere"
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"John Woodgate" wrote in message
> I read in sci.electronics.design that News2020 wrote
> (in ) about
> 'More virus', on Wed, 9 Oct 2002:
> >I notice that I am getting increased volume of garbage emails these
> >solicitations for bulk email scams, etc. etc. It is increasingly obvious
> >that there are too many secret guys involved in this.
> In this context, ONLY, 'secret guys' is not inappropriate. Some of the
> spam does come from malevolent hackers and virus writers, but a lot
> comes from businesses that are deluded into thinking that it's a good
> cheap way to advertize and sell. I've even had spam from a legal firm!
> If I can identify the source (which is not very often), I reply, 'I
> NEVER do business with people who send me unsolicited e-mails.'
> >Not one person is
> >getting caught or punished, even though it should be quite easy to track
> >down sources of garbage emails.
> Not all sources can be traced, and for those that can, the spamming can
> only be stopped by the spammer's ISP. Most ISPs are very responsible in
> this respect, but others are totally irresponsible and take no action at
> Spamming is not a criminal offence in most countries, and the spammer is
> often not in the same country as the victims, so legal action would be
> nearly impossible.
Occasionally it gets so bad from an ISP that a 'Usenet Death Sentence' is