Is Verizon's Anti-Spam Plan To Block All Foreign Email?

from the seems-a-bit...-extreme dept

Apparently Verizon is fed up with spam hitting their network, and someone has tuned their spam filters to what might be called an "aggressive" level. The problem, for many people, is that there's no option for the end user, who either has to take it, or find a new service provider. The biggest complaint, so far, seems to be that many foreign emails are automatically blocked -- meaning that friends and relatives cannot contact each other, and even some companies have found that co-workers can't email each other. While it's nice to see Verizon trying to do something, this seems like overkill. Any spam system should at least allow users the option of reviewing the blocked mail and designating which ones are legitimate.

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    Jay, 29 Dec 2007 @ 7:14am

    Verizon Blocks Asia ISP Dec 2007

    They did it again secretly.
    Sent: Friday, December 28, 2007 11:07 AM
    Subject: RE: Verizon Internet Link

    Verizon Business placed a “Port 25 block” on a VzB wholesale client's internet services. Port 25 is associated with email traffic only. The port 25 block does not impact all email to the Asia Pac region, just specific domains/ip addresses related to the specific VzB ISP client. The "Port 25" block was put in place due to suspected violations of the Verizon Business Acceptable Use Policy, and cannot be removed until the other client contacts Verizon Business and complies with our security policies. Repeated attempts by Verizon Business to contact this client have been made since December 4, and the block was placed on December 17.

    In order to maintain confidentiality and protect VzB client information, specific names and status cannot be communicated.

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