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Simson Garfinkel

A View from Simson Garfinkel

Who Are The Spammers?

According to the Registry Of Known Spam Operations (ROKSO) database, 200 spammers are responsible for 90% of the world’s spam. The ROKSO database makes fascinating reading. However, while a lot of journalists routinely mine this database for stories, few non-journalists…

  • October 23, 2004

According to the Registry Of Known Spam Operations (ROKSO) database, 200 spammers are responsible for 90% of the world’s spam.

The ROKSO database makes fascinating reading. However, while a lot of journalists routinely mine this database for stories, few non-journalists and non-spam-fighters seem to know about it.

Why am I thinking about SPAMHAUS? Because it turns out that MIT is on the SPAMHAUS SBL — the Spamhaus Block List — as a “verified spam source.”

Ironically, I found this out when I was trying to report spam from someone else…


The original message was
received at Sat, 23 Oct 2004 13:25:19 -0400 (EDT)
from CENTRAL-CITY-CARRIER-STATION.MIT.EDU [18.7.7.72]


---- The following addresses had permanent

fatal errors -----



(reason: 553 5.3.0 rejected see

http://www.spamhaus.org/SBL or http://dsbl.org)

----- Transcript of session follows -----
... while talking to mx03.t-net.net.ve.:

MAIL From:


http://www.spamhaus.org/SBL or http://dsbl.org

501 5.6.0 Data format error

Reporting-MTA: dns; pacific-carrier-annex.mit.edu

Received-From-MTA: DNS;
CENTRAL-CITY-CARRIER-STATION.MIT.EDU

Arrival-Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2004 13:25:19 -0400 (EDT)

Final-Recipient: RFC822; sci2005@telcel.net.ve

Action: failed

Status: 5.3.0

Diagnostic-Code: SMTP; 553 5.3.0 rejected see
http://www.spamhaus.org/SBL or http://dsbl.org

Last-Attempt-Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2004 13:25:30 -0400 (EDT)


From: "Simson L. Garfinkel"
Date: October 23, 2004 1:22:42 PM EDT

To: webmaster@ao.net

Cc: sci2005@telcel.net.ve, sci2005@cantv.net

(Prof. Nagib Callaos),

sci2005@iiis.org, "Prof. Nagib Callaos"

Subject: spam from your user...
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