: Spam Warrior :
: I have a form letter that I use to contact the Telcos.
With foreign ones, it's
: kind of a toss-up as to whether you'll get a response, but generally
: tech people are more sympathetic with your case. Here's the form letter
: with the appropriate information filled in :
: I'll post later whether I hear anything back or not.
: You've now seen exactly how to trace a piece of spam over the internet
: using the tools that were designed to provide some degree of
: accountability for using and/or abusing it.
: [Update: 7.16]
: I haven't received a reply back from EntelChile.net, but I thought
: post a response from another ISP that I emailed earlier. Unfortunately,
: it's a typical Telco reply - some people are nicer about giving you
: electronic finger though. I wasn't really expecting much in the way
: response, even though contacting the abuser's ISP is truly the only
: you can take wholly by yourself. It was fun to get in touch with them,
: do the sleuthing necessary. Here's their response :
: Caveats :
: There always has to be a 'but', and here's this story's
: The Hybris worm is known for spoofing. It's a very clever
piece of work
: that even uses cryptography to prevent unknown sources from passing
: it information, and can update it's functionality via plug-ins which
: download from the internet. The Hybris virus is known for spoofing
: originator's email address (hence why it always comes from
: "Hahaha@sexyfun.net" while still coming from IP addresses
: over the world), however, I don't know if it has the ability to spoof
: originator's IP address. If it does, then it's completely untraceable
: the internet (as servers don't keep logs of the messages they pass
: and forth), but it does explain why I've been getting such international
: mail lately.
: Final Thoughts :
: Spam is annoying as hell, but every email program worth
it's weight has
: built-in filtering abilities. I use just a couple to eliminate most
: spam/virii. For instance, trashing all email whose "From:"
field does not
: contain the "@" symbol will eliminate any message without
: formatted "From:" address. For those that pass that test,
: all messages from a particular domain name "sexyfun.net"
will go a
: long way to cleaning your Inbox.
: But fear not! The federal government wants to know about
: If you receive true spam (unlike the spam/virus I received today),
: forward it to email@example.com .
: Honestly, the absolute best way to avoid spam is to
: your email address on the web. I have no idea why 30% of my mail is
: spam/virii, but it's annoying. Filters make up for what gets through,
: an active effort to remove my contact information from marketeer's
: databases works too.
: References and Resources :
: Federal Trade Commission - Unsolicited Marketing (includes
: New York Times - Fighting Spam (free registration required?)
: Spam Laws - Federal and State
: About.com - Internet Myths and Hoaxes (educated yourself
before your 'forward')