Why not go after bots? (was: ingress SMTP)

Michael Thomas mike at mtcc.com
Tue Sep 2 18:42:48 CDT 2008

Charles Wyble wrote:
> I have SBC / AT&T / Yahoo DSL in Southern California and they block 
> outbound 25 to anything but Yahoo SMTP server farm, and they only 
> allow SSL
> connectivity at that. I'm all for that personally.
That seems to be the convention wisdom, but the science experiment
as it were in blocking port 25 doesn't seem to be correlated (must
less causated) with any drop in the spam rate. Because so far as I've
heard there isn't any such drop. Spammers and the rest are pretty

So I still haven't heard why there isn't any emphasis on going after
the bots that are by far the biggest problem instead of erecting damage
for them to route around. I can sort of understand why providers are
leery of getting sucked into that battle, but it's got to cost them a
fortune for every "My internet is slow" call they take.


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