[SURBL-Discuss] Re: One way to handle the Geocities spam

Jeff Chan jeffc at surbl.org
Fri Dec 2 18:55:22 CET 2005

On Friday, December 2, 2005, 7:24:19 AM, Frank Ellermann wrote:
> John Graham-Cumming wrote:

>> I did read the threads on geocities in the archive, but
>> couldn't see this as a possible solution.

> <http://article.gmane.org/gmane.mail.spam.rbl.surbl/4889>

> Let's see how Jeffs tripod experiment works, there are
> tons of geocities URLs in spam, I get at least 10 per day.

> SpamCop still almost alway refuses to LART Yahoo, so that
> idea won't work as expected on sc.surbl.org at the moment.

> Maybe score the mere string "geocities" like "viagra" (?)

>                      Bye, Frank

Farnk brings up a very good practical point.  There may be
hundreds or thousands of new Tripod and Geocities accounts being
set up *per day* by spammers.  ***Since these hosting accounts are
free, they seem to be created and abused at a much higher rate
than domain names.***  That means it may not be practical to try
to blacklist them all, due to the large volume of additions.

Therefore it may be better to set up a rule for them, and/or for
Yahoo and Lycos to do the right thing and get more active about
shutting the accounts down.


Jeff C.
Don't harm innocent bystanders.

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