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Re: Spam Surge Drives Net Crime Spree

Tom Horsley (
Fri, 29 Dec 2006 12:42:11 GMT

On Thu, 28 Dec 2006 15:54:57 EST Dan Lanciani <> wrote:

> I assume that a message with an image from someone I
> don't know is likely spam and bounce it with an appropriate error.

People who "bounce" messages only make the volume of traffic higher
and contribute to the spam problem by sending their "helpful" bounces
back to the forged sender address where the bounce is just more spam
for the person who never actually sent the message. The universe would
be a much nicer place if all bounces stopped happening :-).

It is particularly irresponsible that there are commercial products
which are configured out of the box to send bounces (especially the
anti-spam tools which recognize particular viruses known to forge mail
headers and bounce them back to the "sender" anyway).

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