Streamsend: ESP Spams for Its Own Marketing Department

Streamsend, the ESP service of ISP EZ Publishing, is sending bulk email to an email address that hasn’t been live since the 1990s. The email advertises EZ Publishing webhosting and development services.

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July 2016 in Spamtraps: ESPs

ESP mail seen in spamtraps July 2016

ESP mail seen in spamtraps July 2016

The theme of this month’s post is “Rospaden”

The flag of the fictitious state of Rospaden

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June 2016 in Spamtraps: ESPs

ESP mail seen in spamtraps June 2016

ESP mail seen in spamtraps June 2016

Long overdue – summer holidays and all that, but here we go.

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New Server (Take #2)

The Mainsleaze Blog has moved to yet another new server, this one running CentOS 7. Everything appears to be working properly, including the pages and links that were broken on the first server. Please review the site, attempt to post comments, etc. If nothing breaks for the next 48 hours, I will declare victory and shut down the old server for good. 🙂

Thank you, everybody, for your patience!

Back on the Old Server

The Mainsleaze blog moved to a new server over the weekend. A number of odd bugs ensured. A day’s research and efforts to fix the problems exposed some serious underlying bugs in the most recent version of the underlying operating system on the server. We reverted to the old server til we can get the new server properly debugged or upgrade to a less buggy OS.

Sorry for the delays! 🙂

M³AAWG 37, Philadelphia

Looking forward to meeting y’all! Atro

May 2016 in Spamtraps: ESPs

ESP mail seen in spamtraps May 2016

ESP mail seen in spamtraps May 2016

Just in time for M³AAWG 37 (Philadelphia, PA, Jun 13 to 16) – looking forward to meeting you all in person again!

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April 2016 in Spamtraps: ESPs (and only a word or two about Social Networks)

ESP mail seen in spamtraps April 2016

ESP mail seen in spamtraps April 2016

The percentage of ESP sent mail vs all mail seen in the spamtraps is back to normal levels, 1.5% this month. Social networks account for 3.9% of all mail, of which nearly 93% is Facebook. Facebook is “only” sending 2.5 times as much mail as all tracked ESPs combined, which would be a reduction of 30%… if it wasn’t the case that ESPs were sending more mail than last month, and Facebook was simply keeping up their old levels.

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Filip Poutintsev, Spam Apologist

A recent post on LinkedIn from Finland’s finest is claiming to debunk all the arguments for why spam might be bad.

Filip, it doesn’t occur to you that the Internet community understood this to be the case long before big mail receivers and ESPs existed? You might wish to google Gary Thuerk, for example. On May 3, 1978, when he sent the first spam ever, you were all of minus nine years old, weren’t you. 🙂

So cut out the paranoia, it got old long before you had even got into the business.

March 2016 in Spamtraps: ESPs and Social Networks

ESP mail seen in spamtraps, March 2016

ESP mail seen in spamtraps March 2016

Coming in a little late this month. The percentage of ESP sent mail vs all mail seen in the spamtraps is only 0.6% this month; it has to do both with seeing less ESP mail (about 80% of last month’s figures), and a huge increase in botnet spam. Technically, this is a top 11 list this month because Topica and Oracle Marketing Cloud managed to match spam counts so closely that a comparison would be meaningless.

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