[SpamCop-List] Re: Legit email address 'Spamcopped"
Philippe Verdy (n.o-s.p.a.m+abuse)
verdy_p at wanadoo.fr
Tue Aug 30 03:22:51 EDT 2005
"Sam Karanikos" <sam at whitehouse.net.au> a écrit dans le message de news:
deunpe$59q$1 at news.spamcop.net...
> Hi all,
> I receive emails from a friend who is legit but they or their server have
> been listed. Is there any way of getting that particular email address
The email address itself is not blacklisted. But it may happen that the IP
address of his mail server is blacklisted because it spews lots of UCE, and
too few legit email. The main reason for that is that the mail server is
small and is used mostly by hosts infected by spamwares, or there is
effectively a spammer currently sending all its spew through this mail
server, or the mail server is on the same (or near) host that is compromized
by an active open-proxy relay.
Most of those open-relays are caused by viral infections, but it also
happens that there's a badly designed web page, made to enter emails to some
hosted service, but that allows proxying to any other target address because
the target email address is part of the input form instead of being hidden
and forced by the server-side script. In that case, the admin of this mail
server (or the web admin of the webserver on the same network) must be
informed to correct their server. As long as he does nothing, and the
outgoing emails it generates is not stopped, the server will remain
Anyway, yf you want to receive emails from your legit friend, update your
local configuration to include his email address in a whitelist that your
email filter (based on SpamCop) will ignore. It will continue to filter all
other amils coming from this webserver, except the emails coming from your
friend at a known email address.
The alternative is (assume the risk yourself) to whitelist this mail server,
even if it will let spams go through your email filter. You should use RBLs
with caution. But if you don't have access to control the mail server for
your input mail, or access to the input mail filter, the only thing you can
do is to complain to you local admin to request such whitelisting for your
friend's email address.
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