[LINK] SMH 25/2/04 Telstra mail server blacklisted by SpamCop
foconno1 at bigpond.net.au
Wed Feb 25 23:12:56 EST 2004
I must be on that server. Some sites in PNG and the US have been
blocking mail from me for some time. (I think it affects pretty well
most Telstra mail servers.)
I've mentioned the problem on more than one occasion to Telstra, and
pointed out that the open relay mail server is frowned upon by the
OECD, the UN, various Internet technical committees, and recently by
the Australian government ... but I appear to have had little effect
on them. I have also pointed out that the return headers on a lot of
SPAM I get indicates that they originate from Telstra servers.
The Telstra Help desk simply took copies of the items I sent them,
and I heard nothing other than the canned reply. I also sent them
copie sof news items on UN, OECD, the recent DCITA and other
pronouncements on same to little or no effect.
'Proactive' My Sweet Ass!
At 8:29 PM +1100 on 25/2/04 you wrote:
>Telstra mail server blacklisted by SpamCop
>By Sam Varghese
>February 25, 2004
>One of Telstra's mail servers has been blacklisted by SpamCop, a
>spam blocking service which can be used to block email from a server
>which is suspected of being used for transmitting spam.
>The listing goes back to November last year. A report from SpamCop
>says the database began keeping count, the Telstra mailserver had
>been reported about 350 times by about 110 users.
>"It has been sending mail consistently for at least 41.3 days. In
>the past 95.7 days, it has been listed 7 times for a total of 39.5
>days," says the report which was extracted on February 21.
>Telstra has been blocked by other ISPs in the past, because spam was
>said to be being sent using its mailservers. AOL and Compuserve
>blocked mail from BigPond users in April last year.
>In the past, SpamCop has come under fire for apparently blocking
>email from servers which have nothing to do with spam.
>SpamCop's orginal policy was to blacklist only spammers at an IP
>address level. However, SpamCop's FAQ says it blacklists entire C
>class networks. This could mean that many non-spammers within the
>same network block are also shut out.
>A Telstrs spokesman said: "Telstra is very proactive in its efforts
>to combat spam and its impact on our customers. In addition to our
>daily efforts to identify and shutdown servers within our network
>identified as the source of spamming, we are considering the
>restriction of Port 25 access because of its use by spammers taking
>advantage of open relay servers. We will be advising our customers
>about this very soon, prior to any implementation.
>"As a result, customers will find that their Internet experience
>will be dramatically improved through the reduction of spam as well
>as the ability to send to and receive e-mail from other ISPs."
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