Fwd: Re: Networking in Africa...

Hank Nussbacher hank at att.net.il
Tue Dec 3 10:14:25 UTC 2002

> > > i don't know if I've ever actually received 1 of those spam messages from
> > > a host inside Nigeria
> >
> > wow, i seem to get several per day. would you like some, i can setup an 
> exploder
> > for some of my spam if anyones interested? ;)
>and they're all actually sent/relayed through a host in Nigeria? my first
>few were, none that I received after that were. alot from south africa,
>and a few other parts, but no more from Nigeria

Interestingly enough, I got the following today from a Cybercafe in Nigeria 
that I had blocked:

 >Thanks for the prompt response to the problem with our IP address.
 >I have alreday instructed  all staff to be more vigilant and we are going
 >through the list of people who came around that time on saturday to track
 >down who sent this email.
 >I am in the process of buying a cybercafe management software which allows
 >the administrator to look at diffrent PCs and see what people are doing so
 >that if we spot things like this we will stop it.
 >Furthermore, I have instructed my team to program the webcams to take
 >snapshot of the shop every 20 minutes so that we can see who was in the
 >at what time.
 >I have also made sure we have notices put up in the cafe to say we do not
 >tolerate email spamming and anybody caught will be reported to the
 >autorities for appropriate action
 >However, I must stress that this is a cybercafe where 100% of people who
 >come there use web based email and there is no software or mechanism to
 >spamming from web based emails. You can see from the mail that was sent
 >the person put a web based email address as the return address. Therefore I
 >cannot guarantee that this will not happen again , I can only put measures
 >in place to deter people. If there is any software you know about that
 >prevent this or mechanism please let me know and I will put it in place
 >I am surprised however that there is no responsibility placed on providers
 >of web based emails who are in the best position to filter out and prevent
 >such emails from being delivered.
 >I hope all the measures highlighted above will be enough for you to go to
 >the ISP to reactivate our blocked IP

So what exactly do people do in regards to Web spam?  I block tcp/80 but 
would like to hear what others are doing.


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