[SpamCop-List] Re: Reporting viruses
MikeE at ster.invalid
Sat Mar 6 10:04:44 EST 2004
Personally, I think a great many providers, probably closer to all of
them rather than simply the vast majority, aren't interested in hearing
about viral propagations at all.
It is 'too hard' to do anything about the problem, effectively. The
provider would have to 'go to some trouble' to find out who the client
is. Then, the provider would have to 'do something' which is going to
be absolutely difficult to effect and offensive to their client. So,
the point is, being notified 'doesn't work' for the provider, and since
they're not going to do anything about it, they might as well either
dev/nul everything that they hear, or have some bogus autoack thanking
the person for notifying them.
My experience with RR reinforces this. Once upon a time the chief tech
admin sed that when RR was notified of a propagator, they figured out
who was the client, and the local security enforcer notified them with a
threat to terminate services if they didn't sanitize. That was a long
long time ago. Nowadays RR not only doesn't respond to such notifies,
they also don't pull the plug.
It is my belief that this behavior is pervasive within the industry.
Squashing infected propagators is not on the list of today's provider
good netizen practices.
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