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Announcement: "Anti-UBE pointers"
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This message is an excerpt of a bigger "Procmail Tips" section
"29.0 Anti-UBE pointers" available at http://pm-doc.sourceforge.net/
Terms used in this post
._UBE_ = Unsolicited Bulk Email
._UCE_ = (subset of UBE) Unsolicited Commercial Email
_Spam_ = Spam describes a particular kind of Usenet posting (and
canned spiced ham), but is now often used to describe many kinds of
inappropriate activities, including some email-related events. It
is technically incorrect to use "spam" to describe email abuse,
although attempting to correct the practice would amount to tilting
_Spam_ = definition by Erik Beckjord. "Some people decide that Spam
is anything you decide you want to ban if you can't handle the
intellectual load on a list." Remember, not to be confused with
real spam, which is unwanted bulk mail.
People are nowadays seeking a cure which will stop
or handle UBE. That can be easily done with procmail (under your
control) and with sendmail (by your sysadm). In order to select the
right strategy against UBE messages, you should read this section
and then decide how you will be using your procmail to deal with it.
Foreword and recommendation
There are two highly recommended software that you should check if
you're serious about taking actions agains UBE:
o `rblcheck' which has proven to be very efficient, fast and system
load friendly for ISPs that filter mail at MTA level.
o `Ricochet' which is a Perl program that examines
the headers to find out right complaint destinations. You no longer
need to be a Email header expert to understand how the headers have
been forged. To find the program, use google search
keywords "Ricochet perl spam"
29.1 NoCEM, CAUCE and others
"The war of spam -- pointers to reseurces"
"The Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email (CAUCE)"
...The Problem: Unsolicited commercial mail, more commonly known as
"spam", is a growing problem on the Internet. If you've used the
Internet for any length of time, you've probably received
solicitations via mail to purchase products or services.
A Solution: A group of Internet users who are fed up with spam have
formed a coalition whose purpose is to amend 47 USC 227, the
section of U.S. law that bans "junk faxing", so that it will cover
electronic mail as well.
The SpamCon Foundation protects email as a
viable communication and commerce medium by supporting measures to
reduce the amount of unsolicited email that crosses private
networks, while ensuring that valid email reaches its destination.
"Spamcop - report bulk mail intrucions here"