cyberspacial musings
bits about the real and virtual worlds

06 Aug


Well, duh. In what had to be one of the dumbest attempts to control spam, our government passed the CAN-SPAM law, which placed requirements on spammers to have verifiable return addresses, use opt-out lists, etc. This story, posted on Yahoo, reports that the law is a total bust. Non-compliance fell, meaning that just over 1/2 percent of spammers are actually following the law. Of course, the other 99.5 percent just aren’t bothering.

Folks, this is going to require a technological solution. I’ve implemented whitelists and a challenge/response system. It’s not pretty, but it works. Spam is too cheap to go away, so e-mail recipients are going to have to implement systems and demand that their e-mail service providers do the same.

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