I have today received my first "direct e-mail spam", by this I mean a
spam not addressed to a newsgroup or mailing list, but directly to the
e-mail address of the recipient. I'd expect that as more mailing lists
get protected against spamming, the spammers will turn to direct e-mail
spamming. The more clever ones will even create databases of potentially
interested spam targets. (For example, the originator of the spam below
seems to have somehow compiled a list of e-mail addresses of Christians)
For this reason I think the time has come to start working on general
countermeasures versus e-mail spams: What we need is a system which
allows people who normally don't want to receive spam to have spamful
e-mail messages automatically moved from the standard mailbox (e.g. in
/var/spool/mail) to some other place (e.g. /var/spool/mailspam or whatever)
Of course there should be support for protecting mailing list submission
addresses in basically the same way as one goes about protecting any
invidual e-mail address.
I'd suggest that the next step should be to create an "antispam" mailing
list (any volunteers?) with the purpose to discuss countermeasures against
e-mail spam and to work together in implementing some.
> Date: Thu, 26 Oct 1995 19:12:12 -0500
> X-Sender: email@example.com
> X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Version 1.4.4
> Mime-Version: 1.0
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jerome Jenkins) (by way of email@example.com (Jerome Jenkins))
> Hello, my name is Jerome Jenkins and I am a christian that sell neckties to
> feed and clothe those that are in need. We sell nice christian neckties that
> will support our ministry as well as a large selection of neckties on are
> web page.
> I have emailed the address for our web page!
> PS. I would also like to here your personal testimony!
> (when you purchase a necktie please put the code RO-28 on check or money order)
> web page : http://www.icon-stl.net/~sugar/
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