In message <19990415184348.A24572@gsp.org>,
Rich Kulawiec <email@example.com> wrote:
>On Thu, Apr 15, 1999 at 09:47:32AM -0400, Nick Simicich wrote:
>> Here is the point: UBE/Spamming is never acceptable, no matter what the
>> greater good served. Floods, fires, starving or missing children, wars,
>> disease, death, pestilence, etc., none of these justify UBE. IMPORTANT
>> things like this happen every day. And I believe that the net standard is
>> that UBE is unacceptable, no matter what the content of the message.
>I couldn't agree more enthusiastically with what Nick has said here.
>There are NO excuses for UBE of any kind under any circumstances,
>and that includes those where people claim to be performing some
>sort of "service to the Internet community". (Ironically, the transparency
>of these false claims usually escapes those who are making them.)
I dunno if it is always really that clear cut.
Many people have urged the IMRSS Project to notify postmasters when their
mail servers are listed as open relays in the IMRSS data base.
Note that open relays clearly _are_ dangerous, and there has even been a
CERT advisory put out on them.
One person said ``Well, if my house was on fire, and my neighbor came over
to tell me that, I would not think of his visit as an unwarranted intrusion.''
It this directly analogous to someone telling you (and a few zillion other
people like you) that your mail server is badly unsecured, and that it may
cause you some problems in the future? Beats me. All I can tell you is
that IMRSS _has not_ sent out any such notifications (yet).
Some company sent me an E-mail awhile back telling me that I had some broken
links on my web site, and exactly where those were. It was UBE, but it didn't
annoy me, and I'm usually pretty uptight about such things. Ask anybody.
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