Blaming Anti-Virus Companies For Adding To Spam Mess
from the catch-up-with-what's-going-on dept
I’m sure I’m not the only person who noticed that plenty of the annoying myDoom related messages that found their way into my inbox in the last few days came from anti-virus companies telling me (incorrectly) that I had sent someone a virus. I didn’t send anyone the virus. As everyone knows, myDoom works by spoofing the “from” address – just like almost every other virus/worm these days. So, why exactly, do anti-virus companies continue to send out these messages? Found over at Politech is a nice little rant about just how stupid it is that these anti-virus companies are continuing this practice. In fact, the author claims that they’re just as bad as spammers. First of all, they know that these viruses and worms are spoofing return addresses – yet they continue to send out such “you’ve sent a virus” emails, even when they can be pretty sure it’s not true. At the very least, they should be smart enough to not send out such a message on viruses that are known to spoof emails. Second, many of these messages include annoying advertising for the anti-virus product itself. Thus, it’s unsolicited commercial email advertising – and it even violates the CAN SPAM law by not offering an opt-out. So, from now on, when you get such bogus anti-virus reports, you should report them as spam to the proper authorities.