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Links Sept 29, 2011

Al Iverson has a post up about his experiences with customers who try to acquire email addresses through appending. J.D. Falk has a post up about the history of DKIM.

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Six months or out

Mickey Chandler has a great post up about Triage vs. Planning. Where he talks about the decisions you make differ depending on the context. It’s a good read, and I strongly encourage everyone to go give it a look. But his post led me to a post by Andrew Kordek at Trendline where he claims […]

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Are you ready for the next attack?

ESPs are under attack and being tested. But I’m not sure much progress in handling and responding to the attacks has been made since the Return Path warning or the Epsilon compromise. Last week a number of email marketers became aware that attacks against ESPs and senders were ongoing. The shock and surprise many people […]

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DKIM is Done

This was posted to the IETF DKIM Working Group mailing list this morning: The dkim working group has completed its primary charter items, and is officially closing. The mailing list will be retained for future discussions involving dkim. The list archive will also be retained. The dkim working group was primarily focused on DomainKeys Identified […]

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Spear phishing

It’s been about a year since people started publicly talking about spear phishing attacks against ESPs and major emailers. There was a lot of energy put into talking about how to protect against future attacks. I have to wonder, though, how much of that talk translated into action? What processes do you have in place […]

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Everyone’s a lawyer

There used to be one thing you would inevitably see when having a heated discussion on the internet. At some point, someone would compare one of the participants with Hitler or the Nazi’s. That’s been a known “fact” on the internets since long before I joined. That rule was, of course, started in the days […]

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Censorship, email and politics

Spamfiltering blocks email. This is something we all know and understand. For most people, that is everyone who doesn’t manage an email server or work in the delivery field or create spamfilters, filtering is a totally unseen process. The only time the average person notices filters is when they break. The breakage could be blocking […]

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10 years

Today is our 10 year anniversary in business. It’s been quite a ride. Thank you to all our customers, friends, supporters and followers.

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MAAWG and email appending

In today’s Magill Report Ken says: The only surprise in the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group’s statement last week condemning email appending was that it didn’t publish one sooner. However, MAAWG’s implication that email appending can’t be accomplished without spamming is nonsense. Ken does have a point. I can come up with a number of scenarios […]

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Mailing old addresses: 5 questions to ask first

James asked the question on twitter: If you haven’t mailed an address in 5-10 yrs, would you include it in a re-engagement mail? A number of people responded that addresses that old should not be mailed. I think the answer is more complex than can be handled in 140 characters. Five to ten years is […]

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  • AOL compromise

    Lots of reports today of a security problem at AOL where accounts are sending spam, or are being spoofed in spam runs or something. Details are hazy, but there seems to be quite a bit of noise surrounding this incident. AOL hasn't provided any information as of yet as to what is going on.4 Comments


  • ReturnPath on DMARC+Yahoo

    Over at ReturnPath Christine has an excellent non-technical summary of the DMARC+Yahoo situation, along with some solid recommendations for what actions you might take to avoid the operational problems it can cause.No Comments


  • AOL problems

    Lots of people are reporting ongoing (RTR:GE) messages from AOL today.  This indicates the AOL mail servers are having problems and can't accept mail. This has nothing to do with spam, filtering or malicious email. This is simply their servers aren't functioning as well as they should be and so AOL can't accept all the mail thrown at them. These types of blocks resolve themselves. 1 Comment


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