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Email Spam
I think its getting really bad now...
rj87uk




msg:3148477
 10:19 am on Nov 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

Ive had my Email address for three or so years and it has always been on websites and such and never ever had any real spam, however the past week I have been getting more and more I think i might even be up to 10/15 a day from that one main Email address.

Can we do anything?

I really don't want to change it, I like it! PS. I don;t use outlook or anything just Webmail - I am always on the go...

Let me know what you are all thinking about this...

PS. Anyone want a RoLeX GoLd or some V$AG)(ra I got an email today selling both...

 

ken_b




msg:3153739
 7:02 pm on Nov 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

I've seen a big increase in the last couple of weeks. I haven't actually counted, but some days seem to be around 100. That's nothing compared to how many a lot of folks get, but it's a lot for me. Mostly those are the (name wrote, or "hi (emailaccountname)"

Delete, delete, delete.... sigh

Lorel




msg:3153810
 8:58 pm on Nov 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

I've had my email in a javascript which breaks the email in 3 parts and that worked for last few years but lately the spam has been increasing by about 10 per week at least so I have to check the junk mail and trash everytime I check my email now which is almost every hour. I dread the thought of going on vacation.

I bought the paid version of Eudora to get their spam program but that was a joke. It won't dump my known junk. It will only let me direct it to the trash bin but it puts good mail in there also, that I have set up a filter for, which doesn't work.

I hope, now that Eudora is open source, that someone will write a plug in for spam as I use that program a lot.

rj87uk




msg:3162573
 4:29 pm on Nov 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

Just to confirm what we all have been feeling.

While the government and computer firms have pledged to crack down on unwanted e-mails, the spammers are sending more than ever. In the past five months the amount of spam has almost trebled.

And also....

Postini detected more than 7 billion spam e-mails worldwide in November, up from 2.5 billion in June and making up 91% of all e-mails. Most big companies have spam filters but employees are still reporting increases as the spammers devise increasingly sophisticated methods to avoid detection.

[timesonline.co.uk...]

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:3162647
 5:21 pm on Nov 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

It really is becoming quite intolerable. Something must surely be done soon?

jsinger




msg:3162735
 6:21 pm on Nov 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

I had three main email addresses and was approaching 900 spams a day. Dropped the oldest address a few weeks ago. It was getting 85% of the spam and almost nothing of value.

Very pleasant for a while

But now spam on my remaining addresses has risen 40% in less than a month.

Wonder how many of you are going to long nonsensical strings of numbers and letters like, kd6bxp9d@isp.com or other such schemes.

MatthewHSE




msg:3165680
 1:18 am on Nov 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

SpamAssassin on the server and SpamBayes in Outlook work wonders for me. I haven't missed a real message or seen a spam message in months.

encyclo




msg:3165721
 2:31 am on Nov 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

This morning was a typical day: overnight I had received one genuine email and 1153 spams, mostly the pump-and-dump scheme ones which have been going crazy the last few weeks.

I do have Spam Assassin on the server, but for most of my non-personal email addresses I just filter everything via Gmail. It's hard to fault the Google spam filter, and non-spam is forwared automatically to my primary address leaving Google to store the spam. As far as I know (you can't check them all, not even read the subject lines when you have 1000+ a day) I haven't had a false positive since I started filtering in this way.

I don't feel that I can trust Google with handling my personal email, but I get virtually no spam for my private address and I keep the distribution of that address as limited as possible.

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:3165895
 8:29 am on Nov 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

I haven't had a false positive since I started filtering in this way.

How do you know?

rj87uk




msg:3165923
 9:34 am on Nov 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

SpamAssassin on the server and SpamBayes in Outlook work wonders for me.

Shouldnt need to tho, thats thing thing.

encyclo




msg:3166197
 4:37 pm on Nov 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

I haven't had a false positive since I started filtering in this way.


How do you know?

Well, I can't be sure at 100%, but what's the alternative? The 1153 emails were the overnight ones (10pm to 6am). I get even more during the day, 2-3000 on average. The Gmail-filtered email addresses are "public" email addresses on websites or listed in whois.

I'm lucky, some people get ten times what I get. Losing some ham from badly-configured or blacklisted servers is the price that has to be paid to make email usable these days.

rj87uk




msg:3169349
 2:09 pm on Nov 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

More news if anyone is interested...

[edition.cnn.com...]


The number of "spam" messages has tripled since June and now accounts for as many as nine out of 10 e-mails sent worldwide, according to U.S. email security company Postini.

His company has detected 7 billion spam e-mails worldwide in November compared to 2.5 billion in June. Spam in Britain has risen by 50 percent in the last two months alone, according to Internet security company SurfControl.


jbgilbert




msg:3169361
 2:21 pm on Nov 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

It appears the "stock" stuff is getting everybody and Spam Assasain is not cutting for me either.

Anybody have some specifics to block this image stock stuff?

sem4u




msg:3170325
 10:28 am on Nov 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

I am getting loads through today and we filter out hundreds at server level every day :(

rj87uk




msg:3170348
 10:58 am on Nov 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

First time ive ever got Xmas Spam!

"Christmas Sale At our Store!"

"get your Xmas here"

"random xmas sale subject goes here"

*sigh*

esllou




msg:3170369
 11:33 am on Nov 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

I have spamAssassin on my server set at 4.2 which is pretty strict. I tested it for a month with mails getting tagged and not deleted and I got no false positives in about 10,000 mails. My personal "real" mail never comes in over 2.0 so I think 4.2 is safe.

That cuts out 90%

Then I have BitDefender AntiSpam on my PC, used in conjunction with Outlook express, which puts 90% of the rest into my deleted folder. I now get 10-15 a day in my inbox and this is dropping daily as BD learns. It's catching the "xx wrote" and the stock tips ones.

But as someone else said, we shouldn't be having to jump through these hoops.

My solution? Go hard and tough against 100% confirmed spammers in whatever country they operate from. Get some international agreements together and get some people behind bars. You'd only need to do it for a few months before the message got out. Get 30 of the worst offenders doing 15-20 year stretches and e-mail would be cleaned up by Valentine's Day.

I fear we will be on pay-solutions within 2 years. :(

rj87uk




msg:3170530
 2:37 pm on Nov 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

I found out the most used spam subjects this week if anyone wants to update filters?

The most commonly used email subject lines this week were: 1) Please finalise. 2) Thank you for request. 3) Christmas Special! 4) Dating, 15 new messages for you, Olga. 5) News. (Source: McAfee).

Experts say the rise in spam is largely due to one malicious computer programme or worm called "Stration". This hijacks home computers and makes them send out emails.

reuters [today.reuters.co.uk]

engine




msg:3170910
 7:03 pm on Nov 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

More on this upsurge.

Criminal gangs using hijacked computers are behind a surge in unwanted emails peddling sex, drugs and stock tips in Britain.

The number of spam messages has tripled since June and now accounts for as many as nine out of 10 emails sent worldwide, according to US email security company Postini.

As Christmas approaches, the daily trawl through in-boxes clogged with offers of fake Viagra, loans and sex aids is tipped to take even longer.

"Email systems are overloaded or melting down trying to keep up with all the spam," said Dan Druker, a vice president at Postini.

His company has detected seven billion spam emails worldwide in November compared with 2.5 billion in June. Spam in Britain has risen by 50 percent in the last two months alone, according to internet security company SurfControl.

Criminal gangs causing UK spam surge
[news.zdnet.co.uk]

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