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 [22.214.171.124]
---- 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.:
http://www.spamhaus.org/SBL or http://dsbl.org
501 5.6.0 Data format error
Reporting-MTA: dns; pacific-carrier-annex.mit.edu
Arrival-Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2004 13:25:19 -0400 (EDT)
Final-Recipient: RFC822; firstname.lastname@example.org
Diagnostic-Code: SMTP; 553 5.3.0 rejected see
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
Cc: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
(Prof. Nagib Callaos),
email@example.com, "Prof. Nagib Callaos"
Subject: spam from your user...