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Spam hits the fan

作者:爱族    发布时间:2019-03-07 10:01:11    

By Charles Seife in Washington DC A NATION of pornographers and spammers. That was the view of Britain apparently adopted by one of the biggest Internet service providers in the US last week, as it decided to block all incoming e-mail from British companies. The action was taken by IDT, a New Jersey-based provider, in response to a wave of unsolicited and offensive e-mails received by some of its customers. “It was for massive spamming—pornographic material,” an IDT technician explained when asked why no British e-mail was getting through to New Scientist’s Washington DC office, which is an IDT customer. Jason Meyer of IDT’s Internet Abuse Department confirms that e-mail from all addresses ending co.uk was blocked on 20 October. In addition, IDT blocked all e-mail from the University of Leeds, after its customers were spammed about a get-rich-quick scheme. Internet service providers regularly block e-mail from known spammers. These are individuals who send bulk e-mails to thousands of addresses. But the scope of IDT’s block is unusual. “To block all commercial traffic from a major industrialised nation sounds clueless to me,” says Jason Catlett, president of the anti-spamming group Junkbusters, based in Green Brook,

 

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