Re: [Asrg] Removing the incentive to spam

mathew <meta@pobox.com> Fri, 16 May 2003 01:30 UTC

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On Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at 23:59 US/Eastern, Tom Bartel wrote:
> I am an email packrat (I suspect there are others like me) and one of 
> my
> webmail accounts currently has 1347 messages totaling 36.9MB in storage
> space.  The messages go back several months.

Hmm. My e-mail is 123MB, but the online folders are only 6MB. However, 
3MB of that is filtered spam from the last 3 days.

> I'm not sure how the inclusion of graphics increases the storage size 
> of
> mail.  It seems many spam messages now commonly use images to display
> the "text" portion of their message, but the images are references to
> external servers with fully qualified links.  Unless spammers are
> encoding and embedding graphics in the message using multipart/related
> MIME, I don't think HTML email adds to storage size.  It may infact
> reduce storage size.

Graphics used to be included from referenced external servers, but (a) 
that was too easy to filter and (b) the web sites got closed down too 
quickly, making most of the sent spam retrospectively useless. So now a 
lot of spammers send images embedded.

Then there's all the Windoze virus spam...


mathew

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