ISPs Teaming Up To Standardize Plans To Stop Zombies

from the enough-is-enough dept

Six large ISPs are now teaming up to take on the issue of zombie machines spewing spam. AOL, Yahoo, Earthlink, Comcast, Microsoft and BT are all working together to come up with a standard way to fight spam zombies, but some of their plans may upset certain users. While it's good to see them (finally) taking this issue seriously, one of the proposed solutions is to limit how many emails a customer can send out per hour or per day. While this is unlikely to be a problem for most users, it could cause problems for people who legitimately need to send out a large number of messages. Besides, as some have been suggesting, all this really means is that spammers will have incentive to get their software on even more machines in order to keep on spamming.

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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Jun 2004 @ 12:20pm

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    HURRAY for these ISP's !
    The idiots that have compromised zombie machines DESERVE to be shut off, shut down & REMOVED from the net.

    It is NO difference than taking away driver's licenses from those that are too dumb to follow the rules of the road.

    I APPLAUD this !

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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Jun 2004 @ 12:38pm

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    I agree, if somebody needs to send out more than 30 or 40 emails an hour, they should be using a business account anyways. and the others... screw em

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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Jun 2004 @ 1:32pm

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    I can only see this working if the user is using his ISP-supplied Email account (which a spamming trojan isn't) otherwise you'd have to be monitoring port 25 for SMTP traffic, which seems unlikely.

    Most people use WebMail anyway (as they're tired of Outlook giving them viruses) so it won't affect many.

    Something else needs to be done, like blocking spamming machines' IPs and terminating accounts, not limiting Emails.

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    auMoose cowHerda, 23 Jun 2004 @ 4:57am

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    aol et al could send out cds with linux / *bsd ?

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