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"Thomas A. Panfil" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 31 Mar 2002 22:24:29 -0500
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Related info on ACM's and ORBZ's indirect fight against spam:

Since 19 OCT 2001 ACM has occasionally blocked mail from open
relays identified by ORBZ.  This has made terrible trouble for
me for about 4 periods since most of my mail originates on a
sloppy little ISP named  Many of my messages to
SIGAda Conference officers were thus blocked, since they receive
mail via their ACM remailer addresses.  Barrages of complaints to
Verizon were sloughed off on the basis of Verizon not recognizing
ORBZ as a legitimate open relay identifier organization.
Verizon's aperiodically open relay has been in Vermont, I think.

Complaints to ACM then would eventually cause it to stop
filtering out (Black Holing) mail coming from Verizon.

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You might want to read the article about ORBZ posted at URL:,1283,51218,00.html

An ORBZ System Administrator in New York State crashed an e-mail
system in Battle Creek, Michigan in the process of testing to see
if it was an Open Relay which could be used to spread spam, and
the law got after him.  Could go to jail for 5 years.
ORBZ shut down most of the work of its web server.

Many other spam related articles are linked from this page.

See what is left of the ORBZ site at URL:

Spam is becoming a terrible problem, and everybody is suffering,
except the spamers.

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                         Thomas A. Panfil
                   Treasurer -- Baltimore SIGAda
                 Registration Chair -- SIGAda 2001
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