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The email solicitation that made me vow to never work with this company again. When sending unsolicited email, you never know how the recipient is going to respond. Writing a public blog post calling you out can happen. The 2016 Sparkies. Sparkpost is looking for nominations for their email marketing awards. Win a trip to […]

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What to expect in 2016

I don’t always do predictions posts, even though they’re  popular. Most years I skip them because I don’t see major changes in the email space. And, I’m not the type to just write a prediction post just to post a prediction. This year, though, I do see changes for everyone in the email space. Most […]

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CBL issues

I started seeing some folks complain about false CBL listings a few hours ago. I’m now seeing the same folks saying the listings are being removed. The symptoms look similar to what happened in November (mentioned here), but it appears the CBL team are on top of things and are working to rectify things quickly.

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Email Innovations Summit in May 2016

I’ve been accepted as a speaker for the Email Innovations Summit in Las Vegas in May. This is a conference hosted by the folks behind the Only Influencers group and should be a great way to meet some of the leading minds in email marketing. I’ll be speaking on some of the things I see changing […]

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Port25 blocking

A number of hosting providers are blocking outgoing port25. This has implications for a lot of smaller senders who either want to run their own mail server or who use SMTP to send mail to their ESP. What is port25 Port25 is the designated email sending channel. Much like websites are on port80 (or 8080) […]

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Security vendors and trust.

A big part of my predictions for 2016, that I’ll publish shortly, is that security is going to be a huge issue. I think we’re really going to see receivers expecting senders to have their houses in order when it comes to sending mail. Of course, some filter companies need to get their houses in […]

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Spamhaus reports Verizon routing hijacked IPs

Late last week Spamhaus published a blog post detailing their investigation into Verizon routing millions of IP addresses hijacked by spammers. The Spamhaus blog post goes into some detail about what hijacked routing is. For cybercriminals to make use of their stolen blocks however, a crucial step is to find an Internet Service Provider(ISP) or […]

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Facebook scams move to LinkedIn

There’s a fairly common Facebook scam where someone clones an account, then sends out friend requests to friends of that person. This actually happened to a friend over the holiday break. The only problem was that most of the folks who got friend requests were actually security people. Security people who thought it was very, […]

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Random thoughts on reporting abuse

On IRC today, someone mentioned an Ars Technica article discussing how a research team tried to contact Xfinity about a security flaw in their home security system. We attempted to contact anyone responsible for the security of Xfinity home security devices at the following addresses: security@xfinity.com; secure@xfinity.com; support@xfinity.com; info@xfinity.com; abuse@xfinity.com, but we did not get a […]

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December 2015: The month in email

Happy 2016! We enjoyed a bit of a break over the holidays and hope you did too. Here’s our December wrap up – look for a year-end post later this week, as well as our predictions for the year ahead. I got a bit of a head start on those predictions in my post at […]

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  • Lost in the mists of time

    Over on the Farsight Security blog Joe St. Sauver talks about some of the early days of online abuse, on usenet. Laura and I were on the periphery of early usenet abuse, mostly as users, but Usenet (and IRC) around then were the places we both started with email abuse.No Comments


  • Ongoing Yahoo delays

    I've been hearing from folks over the last few days that they're seeing an uptick in deferrals from Yahoo! The deferrals are not uniform. ESPs report they're seeing some, but not all, customers affected. Other ESPs aren't seeing any changes. It's not just you. But it would be very worthwhile to dig into engagement and other stats. It's possible this is a new normal at Yahoo! and they're tightening filters to catch mail that doesn't fit their standards but was previously difficult to filter.No Comments


  • AOL starts using Sender Score Certification

    Good news for Sender Score Certified IPs. Return Path recently announced that AOL has joined the list of ISPs offering preferential treatment to certified IPs.  1 Comment


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