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

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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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January 2016 in spamtraps: Facebook

2016-01_facebook-vs-esp-big-3

What is going on? Facebook is hitting spamtraps like there’s no tomorrow. The comparison is against the total mail volume in the same spamtraps of the top three ESPs combined.

Thanksgiving (n.)

Thanksgiving (noun) (As applied to email deliverability)

One of “those times of the year” when mailing lists that were already mothballed are dragged out for one more blast, creating a spike in undeliverables, and of course in spamtrap hits.

September 2015 in spamtraps: ESPs

ESP mail seen in spamtraps in September 2015

ESP mail seen in spamtraps in September 2015

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August 2015 in spamtraps: ESPs

ESP mail seen in spamtraps in August 2015

ESP mail seen in spamtraps in August 2015

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DriveThruRPG: Legitimate Email to a Spamtrap, AND Hacked Account/Botnet Spam? :(

A customer of online roleplaying/gaming web market DriveThruRPG, Wizards of the Coast, is emailing a spamtrap in my collection. A single bulk email to a repurposed spamtrap is not in itself a huge problem, but it is a sign that a list needs attention. Since a botnet spammer has also been emailing spamtraps with forged email addresses @drivethrurpg.com, I wanted to be sure that DriveThruRPG and its ESP, MailChimp’s transactional email service Mandrill, knew that a DriveThruRPG customer also has a spamtrap on its list.

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