[Asrg] News Article - Blacklists vs. Spam

Yakov Shafranovich <research@solidmatrix.com> Thu, 15 May 2003 05:43 UTC

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Date: Thu, 15 May 2003 01:44:02 -0400

Take a look at this Washington Post newspaper article:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A53496-2003May14

A few quotes:

"The spam problem is so bad that every network administrator uses some sort 
of blacklist to sort good e-mail from bad, according to Nate Shue, a senior 
network engineer at Vienna, Va.-based software firm Industrial Medium LLC. "

"Shue said the lists are more useful than spam filters because they block 
offending e-mails before they reach the network. Blacklists are a more 
efficient option than e-mail filters, which can keep most offensive e-mail 
out of recipients' inboxes, but only after those e-mails have entered a 
company's network. By the time the filter does its job, the recipient has 
already paid the price of handling the message."

"Cohn fears that blacklists could be used by individuals or political 
groups to stifle opposing views, since many operators rely at least in part 
on customer complaints to compile their lists."

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