Spam Control Considered Harmful

Phil Lawlor phil at
Tue Oct 28 19:05:36 UTC 1997

At 10:14 AM 10/28/97 -0800, Scott Hazen Mueller wrote:
>That said, I feel that the only technological solution to the spam problem is
>a large-scale re-structuring of Internet mail to provide for secure
>authentication and cost sharing for received e-mail.  The scale and cost of
>such a deployment makes something like that a political and social problem,

What if the equivalent of "caller ID" was built into sendmail?  Making sure
that the sender is a valid email address.

AGIS is looking for viable solutions to the overall problem.  We have moved
any  customers that we receive UBE complaints into AS 3830 (which is
getting emptier), making them even more visible.  This assists in blocking
SPAM domains at the router level.  For those using the Vixie like
approaches, this works.  Notwithstanding, this thread focuses on the threat
of such efforts.

Phil Lawlor
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