Weekend Spam Update

Posted by Eric Mon, 16 Sep 2002 00:00:00 GMT

Between midnight Friday and 11:00am Monday, I received over 160 spams. SpamAssassin stopped all but five of them. SpamAssassin misidentified 2 legitimate messages as spam; both were unimportant mailing list messages from a user whose site is frequently used to send spam. (If I needed to correspond with this user on a regular basis, I'd add his name to my whitelist--or help educate him.)

If you don't need a public e-mail address, let me suggest a new rule: Never give your real e-mail address to anybody you don't know. This includes online vendors. If necessary, use a throwaway webmail address instead.

I also devoted quite a bit of work to repacking libJudy, HP's ultra-optimized associative array library. This library is used by bogofilter, Eric Raymond's promising new spam filter.

Content-based spam filtering is extremely good, and is improving rapidly. Just don't send me any e-mail about hot stock picks involving real estate companies in Nigeria that specialize in toner cartridge factories, and there shouldn't be any problem.

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