spam/SpamSummary-2006-02-25 written at 03:27:09; Add Comment
Weekly spam summary on February 25th, 2006
Here's how Hotmail stacks up this week:
Pretty much everything is down compared to last week. Amazingly, Hotmail may actually be dealing with their whole spam problem.
Next, the basic stats:
In short, things are down from last week. The per-day stats are basically flat at ~18,000 connections a day, but jump to ~22,000 on Sunday and Friday.
Kernel level packet filtering top ten:
Host/Mask Packets Bytes 22.214.171.124 7213 433K 126.96.36.199/24 4791 242K 188.8.131.52 3743 225K 184.108.40.206/10 3206 166K 220.127.116.11 2994 170K 18.104.22.168 2181 105K 22.214.171.124 2174 100K 126.96.36.199/12 2015 103K 188.8.131.52/11 1916 98292 184.108.40.206 1654 84104
While the most active contestant is higher, overall I'd have to say that this is quieter than last week. All of the top individual IP addresses are new.
Connection time rejection stats:
28453 total 13771 dynamic IP 10160 bad or no reverse DNS 3066 class bl-cbl 325 class bl-ordb 285 class bl-sbl 222 class bl-spews 120 class bl-sdul 117 class bl-njabl 86 class bl-dsbl 4 class bl-opm
Bad reverse DNS is up this week compared to last week, but that's
about it. For individual IPs, things are even more evenly distributed
this week, with only one IP address being refused more than 100 times
(220.127.116.11, 177 times). Eight of the top 30 most refused IPs are
currently in the CBL and three are currently
And the final numbers:
These numbers aren't yet down to the old low numbers, but at least they're dropping from last
week's levels. There are no really 'outstanding' sources; only one IP
address tried a bad
tech/EmailHassle written at 00:49:37; Add Comment
The hassle of email (as compared to RSS)
In my recent 'give me RSS feeds' entry I wrote in passing '[...] these days email is just too much of a hassle'. Which it is. Let me illustrate how.
To subscribe to new mailing lists these days I need to:
In short, a hassle. Add bonus hassle if I ever want to unsubscribe to the list; often it's simpler to just kill the address. (Sometimes it's the only way out.)
A lot of this is due to spam. Some of it is due to vendor abuses of trust (leading to spam). Some of it is just because I no longer have any interest in sorting my inbox by hand; the volume is too high and my time is too short.
Compare this to RSS:
It's sad to offhandedly write things like 'email is just too much of a hassle', and then realize that I mean it. It shouldn't be like this; it didn't used to be like this. But it is like this now. Sic transit gloria mundi.
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