8639Re: NSA Patent 6,947,978.
- Sep 29, 2005--- In email@example.com, "Betteye" <the_boldens@s...>
> If we learn where some of this junk mail is coming from can we re-route it
> back to the sender?I suppose you can, "Betteye".. It would all depend on the filters you
have on your email client, how extendable they are, how powerful they
are, and if you know how to use them correctly.
I can do some pretty "nasty" things to a SPAMMER from my Linux Box. I
use Kontact, which uses the KMail email client. I use my Linux Box to
open "suspicious email" because it is not as vulnerable to viruses and
malware as Windows is. I also use Klam Antivirus on my Linux Box,
because there are a few viruses that can affect Linux. But in order to
do any real damamge to the Linux Operating System itself the program
has to gain root privileges. A Windows machine is just "open". The
main worry on a Linux System is having some type of a "root kit"
installed on the Operating System, but I also have my Linux Box set to
run a "root kit check" daily, it just logs in as root and runs the
I have also noticed on my two (2) Windows Machines that Outlook also
has some pretty nifty options in it's filtering rules. If you know how
to set up your rules properly on your Outlook filters, you can
probably do what you are asking about. There are some people on this
group that can probably extend Windows almost as far as one can extend
Linux. They are very talented when it comes to working in a Windows
environment, and if you were to find the right person, they could show
you how to do some pretty interesting things with the filter rules in
Outlook and/or Outlook Express.
The problem is that most SPAM is automated, and oftentimes SPAMMERS
use "zombies" to send their SPAM from. Oftentimes the "zombie" is
nothing more than a server with an Open Mail Relay. So, you would not
necessarily be rerouting the SPAM back to the party that would be
guilty of SPAMMING you. You could very well be sending it back to an
innocent party who is only guilty of not knowing how to properly
configure their server.
I use a program named POPFile (http://popfile.sourceforge.net/) that
uses bayesian filtering (which amounts to intelligent filtering) in
conjunction with the filters that KMail has on it, and I am ALMOST
SPAMFree. I do have a filter set up to send a message back to the
source that the SPAM came from, but the idea is not to be "proactively
combative", but instead to possibly inform any company or person that
has an Open Mail Relay that it is being used to SPAM people that their
system is being used to SPAM people from. In the hopes that the return
message will be read by someone that is running the server that has an
Open Mail Relay on it, and can fix the problem.
Hope this helps, some.
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