AGIS Signing up New Spammers

Martin Hannigan hannigan at
Mon Nov 17 18:20:57 UTC 1997

At 08:05 AM 17-11-97 -0600, Karl Denninger wrote:
>On Mon, Nov 17, 1997 at 01:42:08PM +0201, Alan Barrett wrote:
>> On Fri, 14 Nov 1997, Phil Lawlor wrote:
>> > To the best of my knowledge, we only blocked mailbombers.  Someone here
>> > from AGIS can correct me if I am wrong. 

[ snip ]

>That's all right.  They blocked me too, for the same thing (one complaint
>per spam).

Me too..

>From where I sit that's nothing new, but its also ok - we reciprocated, and
>blocked a huge number of AGIS-distributed networks (basically anything that
>a spammer was connected to).  Guess what?  Spam volume went WAY down.

Yes, me as well, but I fat fingered it and announced a slew
of AGIS netblocks to null0 via Sprint. Got a personal phone call 
from Thpamford Wallace claiming he lost thousands and 
thousands of dollars, frivolous lawsuit threats, etc. etc.  

[ Disclaimer: It *really* was a stupid accident - 2AM, tired not
thinking straight etc. etc. ]. 

Trying to stay on operational issues, I think it's bad for a 
provider to block another provider unless they are being harassed
and one email isn't harassment. I guess the same argument could
be used in reverse i.e. AGIS allowed Thpamford to harass us.


Martin Hannigan                       hannigan at
Director of Data Networks             V:617.500.0108
XCOM Technologies                     F:617.500.0002
Cambridge, MA               

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