In message <19991119230148.N11373@ma-1.rootsweb.com>,
Tim Pierce <email@example.com> wrote:
>On Fri, Nov 19, 1999 at 04:37:20PM -0800, Ronald F. Guilmette wrote:
>> In message <19991119152407.B11373@ma-1.rootsweb.com>,
>> Tim Pierce <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> >I should think that the idea could be 80% achieved just by making
>> >the spam filters default to ignoring mail that was clearly generated
>> >by a well-known MLM (majordomo, LISTSERV or whatever).
>> I've seen spammers that use majordomo to spam.
>> I think if AOL made the change you suggest, we'd all start seeing many
>> more of them.
>I doubt it. Most of the spam we get is still generated by spamware
>with recognizable fingerprints (the bogus "Authenticated sender"
>headers) and easily dropped. The fact that large numbers of people
>in the world filter mail on those headers hasn't dissuaded spammers.
Note that I said ``If AOL made the change you suggest...''
It is certainly true that most spammers do not and will not adjust their
methods just to get around (say) the filters on _my_ system. But AOL
is in a whole different league as far as spammer targets are concerned.
Spammers will adjust (and have adjusted) what they do in order to cir-
cumvent *AOL* filters.