Tag: The Spamhaus Project

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“I got a remediation request from Spamhaus. Now what?”

Today’s big news is the announcement concerning “Operation Endgame.” Operation Endgame is “a coordinated action against some of the most popular cybercrime platforms for delivering ransomware and data-stealing malware.” Brian Krebs, ​‘Operation Endgame’ Hits Malware Delivery Platforms​, Krebs on Security (2024), https://krebsonsecurity.com/2024/05/operation-endgame-hits-malware-delivery-platforms/ (last visited May 30, 2024). This initiative marks a significant effort by international… Read More

Spamtraps are not the problem

When you go to the doctor, do you want the doctor to treat your symptoms or do you want the doctor to give you treatment for the disease that is causing the symptoms? If you’re like most people, the answer will be “I want the doctor to treat the disease.” In my line of work,… Read More

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On the fifth day of Listmas, my data showed to me: five SBLs… Coming up on Spamhaus’ radar is usually bad news. Unlike some stories that you might read on the Internet, Spamhaus won’t reach out to give you a Target gift card. Bob D’Angelo, ​Michigan police hand out Target gift cards for Christmas instead… Read More

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Back to Basics: Where does Spamhaus get off…

One of the more popular questions that come up deals with ISPs1 using DNSBLs2, especially Spamhaus lists. The question usually goes something like this: Who are the operators of that list and what gives them the right to regulate commerce? Are they run by a government or something? A Brief History of DNSBLs The year is… Read More

It’s time to consider non-users

A joint investigation by the Canadian and Australian governments has [acp author=”Offices of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Australian Privacy Commissioner” title=”PIPEDA Report of Findings #2016-005: Joint Investigation of Ashley Madison by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Australian Privacy Commissioner/Acting Australian Information Commissioner” id=”OPCCAPC-01″ year=”2016″ month=”August” day=”22″ year_access=”2016″ month_access=”August” day_access=”23″ url=”https://www.priv.gc.ca/cf-dc/2016/2016_005_0822_e.asp”]released… Read More

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Proper Assumptions

This week, I’m at the Messaging, Malware, & Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group meeting. After all of the Tuesday sessions were over, I spoke with a colleague from another company about how I handle some aspects of providing client advice, and he suggested that I write that down in a blog post. For instance, when dealing… Read More


Deliverability Relationship Marketing

A teaser ​(King 2013)​ for a Delivera whitepaper by Ken Magill provided blog fodder for Laura Atkins over at Word to the Wise ​(Atkins 2013)​. Ken’s premise, with which Laura agrees, is that ESPs which start talking about the wonderful relationships they have with folks at Spamhaus or at various ISPs should cause you to be… Read More

Why Does All of This Matter?

Sometimes, you just want to beat your head against your desk, put your head in your hands and cry, and then beat your head against the wall. I’m kind of at that point at the moment. Why? “Probably,” as Jack Handy once said about the reason why raindrops would be God’s tears, “because of something… Read More

Guest Blog: I am not a spammer – so why have I been blocked?

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screenshot of an email inbox filled with spam (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today’s post comes from Richard Bewley. He’s a deliverability expert in ExactTarget’s London office. Since I’m at ET as well, we sometimes get the opportunity to work together and I’ve found him to be pretty solid in the advice that he gives clients and thought that you might enjoy his insight.

So, without further ado, take it away, Richard!

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And the verdict is….

Spamhaus in a landslide. The 7th Circuit has issued its opinion in e360 Insight’s case against the Spamhaus Project. E360 Insight, Inc. v. Spamhaus Project, 658 F.3d 637 (7th Cir. 2011). The award against Spamhaus was reduced to $3. That would be a dollar apiece for defamation, tortious interference with prospective economic advantage, and actual damages. e360… Read More

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