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Subject: Spam vs. viruses (was:EFF Mailing List Query)
From: Bob Bish <bobbish @ earthlink . net>
Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 13:51:04 -0700
To: list-managers @ greatcircle . com
In-reply-to: <3E583DD9 . 8030705 @ vo . cnchost . com>

I get some addresses occasionally bounce messages back with something like (from an actual bounce message):

(reason: 554 5.7.1 Message seems to be spam, rejected)

although not ALL list messages are rejected by that member's ISP.
Many ISPs, including big ones like AOL, go to great lengths in attempts to block spam. I hate spam as much as anyone, but if you think about it, it's just advertising. Check your snail mail, turn on the TV, open a magazine, take a drive down the street.....advertising permeates your life everywhere. Why is it such a big deal that it also comes in your e-mail? Why are the same kind of efforts NOT being made regarding viruses? They run rampant all over the Internet. They can also be spread among members of mailing lists, not through the mailing lists themselves, but by infected list members who have list messages stored on their computers. The senders of those messages will receive copies of the virus from the infected member. If all the ISPs attempting to block spam would block viruses, they would not spread very far at all and just die. They would not be worth the effort of those low-life scum who create and release them. Spammers are NOT going to go away. Viruses COULD go away if people on the 'net were as determined to defeat them as they are to defeat the undefeatable spam.

...Bob



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