Long-term ESP performance in spamtraps

A collaborator inspired me to draw a few more graphs (you know who you are, and thank you very much for the idea).

I had retained the numbers for the ESP blogs ever since May, so it occurred to me that it might be pertinent to do a time series. The graphs are expressed in percentages against the total amount of ESP spam received, so the growth of total volume (for example, as a result of adding more spamtraps) is already accounted for. Since the data points are naturally mostly at the low end of the scale, a logarithmic scale seemed appropriate.

So, please find enclosed three graphs of ESPs appearing in spamtraps, divided into Transactional, SMB Marketing and Enterprise Marketing. The selection of ESPs and their division to these three categories is according to the ideas of the collaborator. NB. We only started tracing Zeta Interactive in August.
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Government action on spam

It is with delight that I have just read the ICO’s blog on its international work and how the UCENet (formerly London Action Plan) collaborates with MAAWG.

Looking forward to more of the same in San Francisco, Feb 20-23, 2017!

Why have a policy?

Excellent post from Mickey Chandler over on Spamtacular.com, one of the blogs we refer to in the sidebar: https://www.spamtacular.com/2017/01/04/back-to-basics-why-have-a-policy/

If you want to successfully deliver mail into the inboxes of your recipients, you must abide by the mailbox provider’s policy, and the ESP’s opt-in requirement simply exists in order to assist you in complying with the mailbox provider’s policy. In other words the ESP’s policy exists for one simple reason: To help you succeed.

KeyUp / Sivona / DSN / Spam-Sauvola

Please find enclosed a few recordings of harassing telephone calls made from +358-41-3633495, the registered telephone number in keyup.fi, Dysnomia Oy. The voice does not belong to “Katariina”, obviously, so it’s “Niklaus”, and even though their Finnish is not native (rather Estonian-influenced), it clearly isn’t spoken by Kenyans either (w.r.t. the registered owners of Dysnomia Oy) or Arabs (w.r.t. Mohammed Sahran, the registered owner of dsn.fi, one of their spamming domains).

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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

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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