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Back to the Future IV: Spam-Busters

If there's one thing that enrages me, it's spam that has spoofed send dates so that arrives much earlier than your current time - as if you going to go "oooh, where is that pesky spam... oh, here it is, but they're so clever to hide it deep in my inbox, lemme buy whatever crap it is they're selling."

I should have asked in the previous post: is there a plug-in for Thunderbird that lets one filter e-mail based on the current date, so that if it arrives more than, say, 36 hours in the future or a week in the past, and doesn't come from a safe-listed e-mail address, it's automatically flagged as spam and reported to an RBL?



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Sep. 10th, 2006 08:54 am (UTC)
I've had that happen... there's this spam that showed up purporting to be from May 2002, but it advertised new cars in 2007! Oh well... my friends had a geeky discussion about that which I didn't understand.

Now I have a new problem... spam that's from 2008 to 2038! o_O
(but it's not like having it show up as the first in my inbox will make me want to click it and consider their products...)
Sep. 12th, 2006 01:53 am (UTC)
Eyeballs are not unit sales
(but it's not like having it show up as the first in my inbox will make me want to click it and consider their products...)

Early or late, it's all the same to me: wishful thinking, or the stupidity of quotas. Eyeballs are not sales, especially in this Internetworked age.

Sep. 12th, 2006 06:23 am (UTC)
Re: Eyeballs are not unit sales
Definitely not!
Sep. 10th, 2006 11:24 am (UTC)
Hmm...will have to see if that happens enough to warrant stuffing that into my webserver's Exim filter for dropping connections.
Sep. 10th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC)
Exim filter
How does Exim compare to procmail or mh, if you've ever used either of those?

Sep. 10th, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Exim filter
I have no experience with either procmail, mh, or nmh.

Exim is the default MTA for Debian Linux on Serverbeach servers. (I switched virtual domain hosting back in April 2006). However, the content filter exiscan (which has been used to implement both antivirus and antispam functionality) was merged into Exim 4.5.

None of this prevents using procmail or mh at a later stage...they just work after the mailserver has accepted the email for delivery. I'm looking at disposing of the UCE before it has been accepted, even.
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