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mailbait redux

For anyone who runs a mailing list and has gotten pummeled recently with a rash of subscription attempts, they may be coming from mailbait.info.

A while ago I blogged on how to block mailbait, but it appears they have changed their host.

Their new host is ‘themailbait.bitbucket.org’.

I suggest you update your web server configuration to block any referrer that references the word ‘mailbait’ in the URL.

Here’s my new httpd.conf entry to block mailbait…

SetEnvIf Referer mailbait mailbait
Deny from env=mailbait
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Abuse Addresses

Most ISP’s and network providers have specific email addresses that you can report abuse to.

These addresses can be looked up using a whois tool.

Recently, I’ve noticed a number of those addresses that just don’t work the way they are supposed to.

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Reporting Spam No More

I’ve decided to stop reporting spam to ISP’s.

It just seems like an incredible waste of effort on my part.

For YEARS now I’ve used SpamCop to report spam to ISP’s (both the mail provider and related web hosts) and have gotten very few non-automated responses.

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Yahoo Abuse Feedback Loop

A few days ago I discovered that Yahoo had created a email abuse feedback loop system.

Based on my experiences with AOL’s feedback system, I really didn’t have high hopes for Yahoo’s efforts … but decided to give it a shot anyways.

I signed up to get abuse reports for midrange.com messages.   It took a bit of time to get it all processed, but it’s now in place.

The next day I got my first report of abuse.

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